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Higher Certificate in Film, TV and Entertainment Production

1-year full-time | NQF Level 5 | SAQA ID 90741


The Higher Certificate (HC) Courses serve a dual function. First and foremost it is a one-year foundation course designed to offer students access into the first year of undergraduate degree studies at AFDA. In addition, it is an exit level higher certificate equipping students with skills allowing them to be placed in the entertainment (film/ tv/ radio/ events/ theatre etc.) industry in assistant-type positions to key crew.

  1. Gives you access to the AFDA Undergraduate degree programme as well as enhancing your access to other tertiary learning institutions.
  2. Learn to collaborate, build your social skills, learning capacity and self-confidence.
  3. Gain insight into the various disciplines and career options in the entertainment arts.
  4. Discover and test your aptitude for a potential career in the entertainment arts.
  5. Prepare yourself for the rigors of tertiary degree experience.

Contact your nearest campus about visiting the campus for a consultation, attending an Open Day or for more information about the Higher Certificate Programmes. 





The HC in Film, TV & Entertainment Production is about bridging into an AFDA Undergraduate degree by learning the basic skills to work on a set as an assistant. There are 2 streams, of which you would choose 1 of the 2 streams. Availability of both streams running in the same year on a particular campus is dependent on student number selections per stream. A combination of both streams may be run at selected campuses.


Introductions to camera, grips, lighting, multi-cam studio and stage rigging.


Introductions to production co-ordination, art department, wardrobe make-up & styling and stage management.


The HC in Film, TV & Entertainment Production is available at the Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.


First Semester intake (March - December) is available at all the SA Campuses.



  • National Senior Certificate (South African Grade 12 / Matric) with entry into a Diploma or Higher Certificate
  • Should you not have the above, you may be able to qualify to complete and pass the AFDA Entrance Exam. The AFDA Entrance Exam is a selection process approved by AFDA Senate for degree access. To give a candidate alternative access to degree, s/he can sit for the Entrance Exam and there must be record of it, the recommendation on the individual student from the registered psychometrist must be signed off by Senate or its subcommittee, as per AFDA Entrance Exam policy (in accordance with Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997) Amendment No 1317 in Government Gazette of 5 Dec 2008 number 31674 clause 31). Such access will apply only to AFDA’s programmes, its entrance exam is not valid to another university, and vice versa. Read more here (Entry Requirements) or contact your nearest AFDA campus to find out more.



Please go to: Entry Requirements or contact the International Marketing Office: +27 21 448 7600 / international@afda.co.za 

Study this course at these campuses

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth

Course type

Higher Certificates


1 year, Full time

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  • To graduate with an accredited and registered degree or higher certificate

  • To be part of an internationally recognized education institution

  • To be empowered with competitive, professional and innovative skills

  • To become part of a network of highly talented artists, entrepreneurs & practitioners

  • To contribute to nation-building by growing the creative economy


Students who Graduated with this Degree

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Alisa Wolf


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Jack Buckmaster


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Michaela Moriano


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Nathan Prior



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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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