AFDA - The School for the Creative Economy

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Degrees Offered
4 Year B.A., 2 Year M.F.A., Summer Programs, 3 Year B.A., Short Term Courses
Acting, Animation & Digital Arts, Cinematography, Creative Producing, Directing, Documentary Filmmaking, Dramatic Writing, Editing, Film & Television Production, News and Documentary, Producing, Production Design, Sound Design, Writing and Producing for Television, Writing for Screen & Television, Screenwriting, Film Studies, Digital Arts, Cinema Visual Effects, Television, Costume Deisgn, Sound
Yearly Tuition
$20k to $30k
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Application Deadlines
October 2017 for 2018
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AFDA, The School for the Creative Economy, is South Africa’s most prestigious film, television, performance and innovation school. AFDA is a private higher education institution recognized as one of the top schools of its kind in the world today.

Dating back to 1994, AFDA has earned a reputation as one of the leading film schools in the world. With 5 state-of-the-art campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and (Oodi) Botswana, AFDA teaches students to conceptualize, create, and develop innovative products and commodities for the local and international market. AFDA is committed to facilitating 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 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.

Value of a Degree from AFDA
In the globalized economy, cultural exchange is a valuable currency. More than 90% of Honors alumni are working and employed in their chosen field of specialization. AFDA's intellectual students are educated to:
  • Forge profitable and sustainable careers in this market
  • Develop themselves as employment providers
  • Be cultural entrepreneurs of the future
AFDA Awards and Accomplishments
AFDA's films have received many awards in their industry and continue to be recognized for their excellence. Some of these accomplishments are:
  • AFDA films are exhibited at numerous international festivals
  • AFDA films have been broadcast worldwide
  • AFDA films have won 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 Curriculum
The BIT (Business Innovation Technology) curriculum focuses on identifying potential business start-up opportunities arising from dissipating or stagnant capital flows. The BIT students will introduce innovative technologies and business management principles to realize their business opportunities whereas the BA students’ entertainment products result from creative collaboration which is monetized in the start-up business. This enables networking amongst students. AFDA pedagogy is about work-integrated,experimental and project-based learning and research. This is applied into all of our course offers.
*Various course offers are available at selected campuses. Please contact International Student Affairs directly to find out which courses are offered at each campus.*

Fully Accredited
AFDA is a private higher education institution which offers higher certificate and degree programmes that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to ensure the quality of our programmes. The DHET certificate number for AFDA is 2001/HE07/012.
AFDA is also a member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision). We are also listed on UK NARIC which is a United Kingdom based agency responsible for giving advice and guidance on the comparable level of overseas qualifications.

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  • - Campuses in all major South African cities
  • - A lot of practical experience during the undergrad
  • - Extensive Alumni network in South Africa
  • - Dated curriculum
  • - Certain aspects of the industry despises the arrogance of alumni (understandably)
  • - Out of touch faculty
This is specifically reviewing the Cape Town campus - I can not speak for the other.

AFDA is great at marketing and they are in the business of selling dreams. I spent three years there for my undergraduate (but heard similar issues within MFA students), and although I don't regret it (as I made amazing friends) part of me do wish I attended an institution that would have challenged me more with pushing the medium of film rather than conforming into a supposed structure that will be the yellow brick road to a successful film (yes, this school says f** it to all the established screenwriting structures, made up their own and force their students to use 10 beats in 2 minute films).

I've always thought that education should be a place where one is taught how to challenge the world and the thing that is being studied. This is not AFDA. You are taught to think in a box, and if you at all attempt to step out of it you get penalized.

The positive, however, has been the amount of team work that is required. Filmmaking is teamwork, and AFDA is about 3 years of just teamwork and a lot of practical experience.You can a lot of technical training and experience - and it undoubtedly has some of the best equipment in South Africa (for film schools). One or two of the faculty members are extremely passionate and do what they can within the constricted system to make your studies worth it.

If you want technical experience and build work friends and can afford it, it's not terrible. However, if you want to learn to think go to Wits or UCT and do what you can to intern and work in the industry on the side.

Affordability: For South Africans it is quite expensive
Alumni: It's extensive because they have a million campuses and are the oldest filmschool in the country.
Campus: Could be better.
Career Assistance: Cute.
Facilities: It's decent.
Professors: One or two gems.
Scholarships: Uncertain - but heard it's not very good.
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