AFDA launches Higher Certificate in Performing Arts course for 2021

News, 28 July 2020

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AFDA is proud to announce the start of the Higher Certificate (HC) in Performing Arts 1 year course on our Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses in 2021. The course has been successfully running on both our Johannesburg and Cape Town from the start of 2020. The genesis group of students have dived in to the programme head first and are currently busy with their first workshops, gaining the necessary hands-on experience needed to flourish in the live entertainment industry. 

The HC courses at AFDA are 1-year NQF level 5 programmes designed to lay a foundation of basic skills and learning to enter the creative economy at an assistant level, as well as enable further access to degree level education for first year in the BA or BCom degrees at AFDA. In addition to gaining insight into sectors of the creative economy, a Higher Certificate at AFDA will develop your capacity for learning through collaboration and an intrinsic practical understanding of disciplines and career possibilities in media and entertainment.

The 1-year Higher Certificate in Performing Arts is project-led, with a focus on learning through experience. Students are assessed on how they are able to analyse and apply the knowledge they have by performing a prescribed text, as well as running a theatre production including stage props, costumes, sound, lighting and production administration. This way of learning helps students translate their conceptual understanding into practical skills, as well as socialize their learning through collaboration with their team members. This includes learning Performing Arts techniques, practicum, arts management (hosting and technical management) as well as academic development.

We would like to invite you to meet with our Recruitment Team to discuss any questions you have on the course or studying at AFDA. Please contact the Marketing and Recruitment Department at the relevant campus to request a consultation booking or simply apply online here:


+27 (0) 11 482 8345


+27 (0) 21 448 7600


+27 (0) 31 569 2252


+27 (0) 41 582 1266



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AFDA is registered as the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is a private higher education institution which offers higher certificate and degree programmes. It is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution under the the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012. Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to ensure the quality of our programmes.
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