ABOUT AFDA

5 FULLY EQUIPPED CAMPUSES | 2000 STUDENTS | 7 DEGREES | OVER 150 FULL-TIME ACADEMIC & ADMIN STAFF | OVER 200 INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AS VISITING LECTURERS | OVER 3600 ALUMNI

the history.

AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman.

From its early beginnings of 6 students, a rented VCR and broken TV it has become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. AFDA has over 1200 students, a permanent staff of over 150 academics and administrators and 5 fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Botswana. It has produced some of the top film-makers and actors in South Africa today and has made a significant contribution to developing a sustainable local entertainment industry.

the overall goal.

To develop a relevant educational institution that contributes to African nation building and rewards all stakeholders by providing a stimulating, rigorous and globally integrated learning experience that empowers students with productive innovative skills, enabling graduating learners to grow sustainable creative industries.

the educational promise.

To provide students with the conceptual, perceptual and concrete skills that will enable them to originate meaningful narrative concepts and human behaviors that are relevant to target audiences and to truthfully and accurately deliver these narratives through appropriate use of medium and aesthetic form and the employment of resources to accurately and economically produce and sell the completed production.

AFDA educational objectives.

  1. To provide conceptual, perceptual and concrete skills that will enable students to originate meaningful narrative concepts and to understand why these might be relevant and the impact they may have on target audiences and society in general.
  2. To understand why human behavior and culture are the agent through which narratives are embodied and made emotionally relevant to target audiences.
  3. To understand how their chosen medium of expression can be considered and used to truthfully and accurately produce their narrative.
  4. To understand how aesthetic elements might be used to establish and produce the appropriate form of the world in which the narrative is set.
  5. To understand how to plan and employ resources to economically produce and sell a production to achieve return on investment.

Why AFDA?

  1. AFDA is the no. 1 film, tv and performance school on the continent
  2. AFDA is a fully accredited institution with 20 years experience in the tertiary education landscape
  3. AFDA is an internationally recognized institution and is a full member of CILECT – an international organization that represents over 170 film and tv schools and includes USC (LA) and UCLA (LA), TISCH (NY), Columbia (Chicago), La femis (Paris), GVIK (Russia) to mention but a few
  4. AFDA Alumni are award winning skilled and networked. They continue to make a significant contribution to the growth of the local entertainment industry.
  5. AFDA is an Academy award winning institution and the first and only African film school to win the best foreign student film academy award in 2006 and runner up as a finalist in 2013
  6. AFDA employs a number of South Africa\’s top academics and practitioners.
  7. AFDA has a unique learning system that provides students with authentic undergraduate & postgraduate learning environments that are relevant to vocational opportunities both locally and abroad.
  8. AFDA students are trained to produce commercially viable entertainment products for local audiences and niche online global markets
  9. AFDA offers students a genuine opportunity to seek out their aptitude in order to discover their passion and on extension their successful vocational path
  10. The AFDA learning process encourages and rewards innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship

AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based film schools in the world.

AFDA graduates are taught to conceptualize, create and develop indigenous products and commodities for the local and international market

In the course of a rich entrepreneurial history dating back to 1994, AFDA has earned a reputation as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. Although our track record speaks for itself, we continually renew our commitment to facilitate an environment that develops high-quality human and intellectual property with the relevant skills to deal with the rigors of a fast-expanding and ever-changing entertainment industry.

At our fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Botswana, we train graduates to contribute to one of the largest growth industries in the world: entertainment. In the globalised economy, cultural exchange is a valuable currency. AFDA graduates are taught to conceptualize, create and develop indigenous products and commodities for the local and international market.

Our students are educated not only to forge profitable and sustainable careers in this market, but are encouraged to develop themselves as employment providers – the cultural entrepreneurs of the future. Our alumni have reinvigorated their industries with the quality of their intellectual property, skill and talent. More than 90% of our Honours alumni are working and employed in their chosen field of specialization.

AFDA films are exhibited at numerous international festivals and have been broadcast worldwide, winning many prestigious awards, including the Student Academy Award winner and Cannes festival finalist in 2006 and a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) in 2007. AFDA is a full member of CILECT – the International Association of Accredited Film and Television Schools.

AFDA reserves the right to make changes or withdraw information or course offers without prior notice. Where possible, AFDA will endeavour to notify all persons and/or organisations affected as a result.

Are you #MadeforAFDA?

While AFDA is a unique institution, it caters and facilitates multiple intelligence’s. If we refer to Gardner’s multiple Intelligence test – AFDA’s diverse spread of electives / disciplines caters for all these intelligence’s. Who are you?

What makes AFDA unique?

  • AFDA offers a learning system that utilises a diverse number of learning strategies and methodologies which include tacit learning, learning by approximation, collaborative learning, scaffold learning and learning through socialisation.
  • The AFDA learning and assessment system caters to what Howard Gardner refined to as ‘Multiple Intelligence’s’. These diverse intelligence’s are:
    • Visual-Spatial
    • Bodily-kinesthetic
    • Musical
    • Interpersonal
    • Intrapersonal
    • Linguistic
    • Logical –Mathematical
  • The creative industries require diverse specialization (intelligence’s) that are able to collaborate in an economically viable manner to achieve high standards of production.
  • AFDA students are given the opportunity to explore and discover their aptitude and by extension their career path.
  • AFDA uses a learning system designed to deal with the opportunities and challenges of the knowledge economy and the future. It is a market related learning system focusing on the audience and the target market.
  • We offer an outcomes based learning system which requires a heads on-hands on approach, focusing on leadership, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. This mimics the industry and takes place in an authentic learning environment.
  • AFDA focuses on the goals of the learner.
  • AFDA students do not write traditional exams. Students are assessed on a individual basis and team/group focused research. An application of theory and research in the creation and exhibition of entertainment content or in development and monetisation of entrepreneurial business and disruptive technologies is what primarily constitutes assessment at AFDA.
  • AFDA’s learning process is highly effective and creates a network of skilled graduates who are able to forge careers in the entertainment, media and other creative industries.

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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