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Graphics/Illustrators matrix guide

The IfA Graphics group has developed a specialist matrix. This should be used as a guide when writing your Statement of competence and applicants should note that the Validation committee will use the standard matrix to score the application but will refer to the specialist matrix as a guide.

Graphics/Illustrators matrix


Area of Competence Practitioner (PIfA) Associate (AIfA) Member (MIfA)
Knowledge Basic technical knowledge of the subject and the medium A high level of technical knowledge of the subject and medium with some awareness of related issues An authoratative grasp of the technical knowledge of the subject and medium
Autonomy Works mostly under the direct supervision from the client, or other staff or colleagues with frequent direction Works mostly independently with occasional supervision from the client or immediate colleagues Works with full autonomy, with little direction from the client or immediate colleagues, outside the necessary everyday project contract
Coping with Complexity Demonstrates an understanding of the need for accuracy. Uses clear and intelligible visual language and resolves basic elements of complexity about the subject Demonstrates and provides an appropriate degree of accuracy in the work presented. Uses visual language to enhance the understanding of the target audience. Work recognises broader elements of complexity within the subject, drawing in and on related material Demonstrates awareness and recognition of the problems relating to accuracy and how they might be understood by the audience. Uses visual language to enhance the understanding of the subject and convey the fullest appreciation to the sudience. Work fully integrates the subject within its immediate context and with its broader significance
Perception of Context Work meets the minimum level of the brief set by the client or employer. The approach has adopted created work that is compatible at a basic level and work gives the audience a basic understanding of the subject. Work builds or improves upon the minimum criteria set by the client brief or employer. The approach has adopted created work that is tailored specifically for this method of publication. Work significantly improves the audience’s understanding of the subject within its immediate context. Work significantly exceeds the minimum requirements to fulfil the client’s brief or the employer. The approach adopted has taken full advantage of the intended publication method and work conveys a full understanding of the subject within its immediate and broader context

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