AFDA Online Application

AFDA is the leading outcomes-based education provider on the African continent and has over 2000 students, a full-time staff contingent of over 200 and 5 fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Botswana. It has produced some of the top filmmakers, performers and creative innovators in South Africa and beyond, and has made a significant contribution to developing a sustainable local entertainment industry. AFDA students are taught to conceptualize, create and develop indigenous products and commodities for the local and international markets. This makes them highly disruptive and progressive within the creative industries space.


Registration & Accreditation:

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 that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) under the Higher Education Act, 1997 and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). AFDA’s 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 registration certificate number for AFDA is 2001/HE07/012.

Application Closing Dates

AFDA does not have closing dates for applications. Prospective students are encouraged to apply online or at your chosen campus as soon as possible. Once accepted, secure your place by paying registration. Once our programmes are full of registered students, there will be a waiting list for a student still looking to register for the coming year.

Application Fees

There is no application fee to apply to AFDA. Applicants will need to pay a registration fee once accepted, in order to secure a place in their chosen programme.


Applying to AFDA is simple:

Complete the online form (below), write a brief motivation and attach the relevant transcript.

Once they’ve received everything and it’s in order, they’ll let you know about your application status. You’ll need to pay the registration fee to secure your spot for the next academic year!


The institution offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications:

  • Higher Certificates
    • Higher Certificate in Film, Television & Entertainment Production
    • Higher Certificate in Radio & Podcasting
  • Undergraduate Degrees
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Motion Picture Medium
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Live Performance
    • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Postgraduate Degrees
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Motion Picture Medium
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Live Performance
    • Masters of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Medium



Tel: 011 482 8345


Cape Town:

Tel: 021 448 7600



Tel: 031 569 2252


Port Elizabeth:

Tel: 041 582 1266



Tel: +267 3102542


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