AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance kick-started their new campus in Port Elizabeth on the 9th of February 2015.
In 2012, Denise Roodt of The Media Workshop in Newton Park, approached the AFDA executive with a proposal to fire up an AFDA, Port Elizabeth campus. The last three years have seen a great deal of work, negotiation and critical decision making to realise the launch of the 4th AFDA campus.
“It’s our new baby”, says AFDA Co-founder and Chairman Garth Holmes. “We are delighted to open our temporary campus site in Newton Park. Denise Roodt and her staff have excellent teaching skills and just the kind of passion required to train and prepare young creatives for the ever-growing film and media industries.”
Denise Roodt, Acting Dean on the Port Elizabeth campus adds ” The support we’ve received from students, local industry players and the general public has been overwhelming. Wherever we go, people are thanking us for opening a campus in Port Elizabeth, which is most encouraging. It also reaffirms our belief that the film industry in the Eastern Cape is ripe to explode onto the world scene. And leading the charge will be the talented, passionate, energetic young people passing through the doors of AFDA PE.”
On the 9th of February the inaugural AFDA, Port Elizabeth assembly was held. Twenty seven students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree course of which four have received full AFDA development bursaries. Each year, AFDA allocates a limited number of bursaries to deserving students who are unable to attend a tertiary institution.
The AFDA executive and Port Elizabeth management are currently in the process of securing a new premises which will be developed to cater for its new courses and growing enrolments in the future.