AFDA provides a gateway to a thriving career in the creative economy

With a commitment to quality and innovation, AFDA provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the dynamic world of film, television, and the creative arts.

AFDA is the number one school for the creative economy and offers higher certificate programmes, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate qualifications in film, television, performance, business innovation and creative writing.

AFDA is fully registered and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training and the South African Qualifications Authority.

AFDA participates proactively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education to ensure the quality of the AFDA programmes.

AFDA is also an internationally recognised institution and is a full member of CILECT – The International Association of Film and Television Schools. AFDA’s membership to CILECT gives students and alumni the opportunity to continue or further their studies at any of the 180+ CILECT member film schools around the world.

AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman. From its early beginnings with a mere six students, AFDA has steadily grown to become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. AFDA now has over 2 600 students, 260 full-time academic and admin staff and has a network of over 6 000 alumni.

AFDA films are exhibited at numerous international festivals and have been broadcast worldwide, winning many prestigious awards, including the Student Academy Award winner and Cannes Festival finalist in 2006, as well as eight South African Film and Television awards for best student film. AFDA films and alumni have also won six Loeries, five Fleur du Cap awards, eight Sama awards, 14 kykNET Silwerskermfees awards and eight Durban International Film Festival awards.


AFDA campus dean – Dr Janet van Eeden


AFDA Durban campus dean Dr Janet van Eeden has written more feature-length screenplays and short films than she can count.

She has also written and produced six stage plays and directed two, all which featured at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

She also writes and script-edits feature films for the KZN Film Commission, among others.

A full-length feature film Van Eeden wrote, White Lion, was released internationally and won four SAFTA awards.

Van Eeden is also an award-winning newspaper columnist, named Vodacom Journalist of the Year as a columnist for The Sunday Independent in 2011.

She has been chairperson of the annual Simon Sabela Awards for film and television since 2018.

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