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AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is a college which focuses on the creative arts, mainly film and drama. It has campuses in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It was established in 1994 with only 6 students, and now has a student body that is 2000-strong. 

The learning model follows the multiple intelligences system. This includes looking at different intelligence types, such as musical, linguistic, and interpersonal. This allows them to provide a holistic education experience for the students. There is also a focus on career-readiness to prepare all students for the working world.

The college has produced some of the finest actors, directors, and screenwriters in the country. One of the goals of the college is to create a sustainable entertainment sector in Southern Africa by equipping students with relevant and innovative skills. It is an internationally recognised institution, allowing its students to flourish globally. 

AFDA Faculties and Schools

  • Motion Picture and Television
  • Live Performance
  • Film, Television, and Entertainment Production
  • Radio and Podcasting
  • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Fine Arts
  • Computer Technology

The school’s values include passion in everything that students produce, humility, reliability, and a strong work ethic no matter how large or small the task.