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It seems that many people have been wondering, what does AFDA stand for?
It used to be an acronym for Africa Film Drama Art. Nowadays though, its not meant to stand for anything, its just AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.
THE OVERALL GOAL OF AFDA
To develop an institution that meaningfully contributes to South African nation building and rewards all stakeholders by providing a stimulating and globally integrated tertiary learning experience, that empowers graduates with recognised professional skills levels, creating a pool of highly talented alumni that will contribute to growing an economically viable South African entertainment industry.
HISTORY OF AFDA
AFDA was founded in 1994 by Garth Holmes, Bata Passchier and Deon Opperman. From its early beginnings of 6 students, a rented VCR and broken TV it has become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. AFDA has over 1200 students, a permanent staff of over 150 academics and administrators and 3 fully equipped campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. It has produced some of the top film-makers and actors in South Africa today and has made a significant contribution to developing a sustainable local entertainment industry.
AFDA is a private tertiary institution which offers degree programmes that are fully registered and accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).