International Students

Everything you Need to Know if applying to AFDA as an International Student

Why Choose AFDA?


A unique opportunity to study in South Africa

AFDA offers students studying abroad a unique, affordable and educational opportunity to discover Southern Africa and its diverse population, world-renowned heritage sites, cosmopolitan cities and specialist Higher Education in the creative economy. AFDA International students currently comprise approximately 10% of the total student population and students from all around South Africa. International students enjoy the benefits of malaria-free campus locations, world-class facilities, Southern Africa’s natural beauty and wildlife, favourable exchange rates as well as our historical sites and experiences.

A leading institution of its kind

AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based schools for the creative economy in the world and boasts programme offerings in Film, Television, Performance, Music, Business Innovation, Technology, Radio and Podcasting. AFDA is a member of the International association for film and television schools, CILECT ( and boasts a leading and award-winning network of alumni working in and growing the creative economy.

Four locations to choose from

AFDA's campuses are located in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban with accommodation options available in close and fair proximity to campus. We are continually renewing our commitment to facilitate an environment that develops high-quality human and intellectual property with the relevant skills to deal with the rigours of a fast-expanding and ever-changing creative economy through each of our campuses.

Please note

AFDA applicants should under no circumstances pay agents or third party entities to facilitate their application and acceptance to AFDA. AFDA works with accredited agents and online representatives. Kindly contact or for any queries on this matter.



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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. It is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution under the the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012. Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to ensure the quality of our programmes.
Disclaimer: AFDA reserves the rights to make changes or withdraw information or course offers without prior notice. Where possible, AFDA will endeavour to notify all persons and/or organisations affected as a result.