AFDA offers students studying abroad a unique, affordable and educational opportunity to discover Southern Africa and its diverse population, world renowned heritage sites, cosmopolitan cities and specialist higher education. AFDA International students currently comprise 10 – 20% of the total student population and enjoy the benefits of malaria-free campus locations in terms of world-class facilities, Southern Africa’s natural beauty and wildlife, favourable exchange rates as well as our historical reflections. 

Listed by the Council on Higher Education as one of the top six private Higher Education Institutions in South Africa, AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based film and humanities schools in the world and now boasts programme offerings in Commerce and Science.

AFDA trains graduates to contribute and excel in the world of entertainment and campuses are located in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban (South Africa) as well as Oodi (Gaborone). Continually renewing 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, AFDA has a track record that speaks for itself. 90% of AFDA’s Honours Alumni are employed within their chosen field of specialisation and they have invigorated industries with the quality of their intellectual property, skill and talent.

For more information on this ultimate/ epic educational experience and good reasons to study at our campuses have a look below:

10 good reasons to study at Port Elizabeth Campus Flickr photos
10 good reasons to study at Cape Town Campus | Flickr photos
10 good reasons to study at Durban Campus | Flickr photos
10 good reasons to study at Johannesburg Campus | Flickr photos
10 good reasons to study at Botswana Campus | Flickr photos


New Campus!!! Port Elizabeth – known in South Africa as the friendly city – is proud to announce AFDA’s newest campus in 2015. With its pristine white beaches, outdoor culture and its strong historical xhosa and colonial roots, it is a city that is recognised as one of the top places in South Africa to study.

The International Student fact sheet has been designed to keep you up-to-date with South African permit regulations, living expenses and other important pre-arrival information pertaining to your studies and stay here at AFDA and in the country. Look at this and downloads for more information and useful documentation that would assist you both pre- and post- arrival.

AFDA has also recently been selected by I-D magazine as one of the top ten off-the-grid art, design and fashion schools in the world. AFDA is the only African institution to be represented. View the article here.

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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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