Postgraduate Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture Medium (Honours)


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Program Description


The AFDA Postgraduate school is focused on developing innovative research, origination, production and distribution of entertainment concepts for both local and international markets.

Over the last fifteen years, the AFDA Postgraduate School has produced a large network of graduates who have made a significant contribution to the South African entertainment industry. A large percentage of commercials, feature films, television series, music and retail content is produced by AFDA Honours graduates.

Additional Benefits include:

  • International Exchange Opportunities
  • Academy Awards Nominee eligibility
  • Mandela Rhodes Scholarship eligibility
  • AFDA Development bursary eligibility



The program offers the following exposure to several areas of the entertainment industry depending on a student’s scope of research and specialisation.

  • Factual: documentary film and reality formats or
  • Fiction: a 24 minute short film (drama), television drama or sitcom series (pilot), theatre production, music performance
  • Commercials: (Boards provided by agency)

Research Topics: Research topics can vary according to discipline focus, outcome alignment and finalised in consultation with the academic supervisor.

Supervisors: Each student may nominate an academic supervisor from the AFDA staff body with whom they will work over the course of their Honours programme. The supervisor provides overall academic supervision and guidance to the student and ensures that the research requirements of the degree is fulfilled.


AFDA recognizes the need for individuals of diverse experience, cultures and cognitive approaches in order to maintain and improve our standards of excellence. We encourage individuals with a passion for the arts and for researching and developing entertainment to apply to the AFDA postgraduate program. They will require: a minimum of a 3-year recognized degree or equivalent or will need to apply for recognized prior learning (RPL). Relevant industry experience is beneficial for applicants without a related degree in the discipline area they intend to apply for in Honours.


In Honours, there is an element of discipline focus and specialization however Honours students do not attend discipline focused classes in the structure that AFDA’s Undergraduate BA students do. The discipline forms more the guideline for their research focus as well as their role in the outcomes.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman.

AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman. Read less
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