Master of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Medium

Course Type:



2 years, part time



Total Tuition Fees 2024

R55 660

NQF Level 9 | SAQA ID 96800

The MFA offers the mature student an opportunity to master the knowledge to create and monetise high quality, engaging narratives that entertain local audiences.

In addition to developing students’ capacity on a feature-length scale, the AFDA MFA provides the film, television and entertainment industries with research results on the development of local audience groups, production systems, and strategies to grow the market.

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Total tuition fees for 2024:

R55 660

With a Masters level focus on Research Led Practice/Practice Led Research, the AFDA Master’s programme not only equips students to apply research and critical engagement to the production of a feature length motion picture, but also to generate valuable applied research that will benefit the growth of local creative industries.

Through applied research, the AFDA MFA presents students with the opportunity to master the knowledge of creating and monetising high quality, engaging long format narratives with an appeal to local audiences.

AFDA MFA students are required to complete ONE of the following outcomes:

  • A Feature Film of a minimum of 48 minutes in length
  • A Feature Documentary of a minimum of 48 minutes in length
  • A Feature Film Screenplay/Script of TV Series – series outline and 2 episodes
  • Up to 3 special projects* drawn from the following:
    • Fiction: Short film, 24 minutes in length
    • A pilot for a TV series or novella
    • Three related commercials
    • Motion picture productions for emerging media
      * Special projects must be approved to ensure that these adhere to the required scope of practical work and research enquiry associated with a NQF Level 9 qualification.


AFDA offers a unique higher education environment where outcomes-based and collaborative learning empowers students with competitive, professional and innovative skills.


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