Cape Town.


Cape Town, the Mother City, is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is home to three world heritage sites: the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and Robben Island. The city's pristine beaches and watersports havens, and the waters around the Cape Peninsula are a whale-watchers paradise.

Established in 2003, AFDA Cape Town is situated in Observatory on a 7000 square metre site in a quaint historical area just outside the CBD where Victorian architecture, industrial enterprise and trendy watering holes form a fascinating and eclectic mix.

The Cape Town film industry provides infrastructure and service excellence to international feature film and commercial productions. The glorious locations, the 15-hour long summer days, the intensity of the light, the world class facilities, the favourable exchange rate and the top-notch technical film crews all combine to make Cape Town one of the first choices for overseas productions.

10 Good reasons to study at the Cape Town campus:

  1. AFDA Cape Town is situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. [Voted by NY Times as the Number 7 destination to visit]

  2. Cape Town offers an incredible lifestyle with its beaches, mountains, nature reserves, golf courses, trails and first world infrastructure. [3 world heritage sites]

  3. Cape Town has a strong art, design, music and fashion scene. [Design capital of the world 2014]

  4. Cape Town is a preferred international destination for feature film, television series and commercial production. [Safe House, Dominion, Homeland, Judge Dredd and others]

  5. AFDA Cape Town graduates have contributed significantly to the growth of local feature films & commercials [Windpomp, Pad Na Jou Hart, Hollywood in my Huis]

  6. AFDA Cape Town has a diverse student body. Up to 20% of the student body is made up of international students.

  7. Excellent value for money - The South African exchange rate favors most international students.

  8. AFDA Cape Town has some of the top lecturers in the country and utilizes the exact curriculum and learning systems that has proved to be highly successful at its JHB campus.

  9. AFDA Cape Town facilities and equipment have year for year parity with Johannesburg campus.

  10. People create industries - Industries do not create people.


AFDA has a culture of constantly investing in the upliftment, upgrading and on-going development of our campus equipment and facilities. This is an essential part of our overall goal of creating a stimulating learning environment in which a pool of talent may be nurtured that will grow the current and future entertainment industry in South Africa. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide practical but technically advanced facilities and equipment to meet the intellectual, aesthetic, craft, technical and attitudinal skill demands of the industry. They include state-of-the-art postproduction facilities for editing, animation, visual effects , and studios for sound design, recording and mixing.

AFDA has a number of relationships with key industry facility houses like Arri, Media Services, Adobe and Apple TV. These relationships are critical for AFDA to deal with the input of the exponential changes on the equipment & facility demands in the digital domain.

As students rise through the undergraduate ranks at AFDA and become more focussed on a particular discipline, they have progressively increased access to an ever-wider array of high-end and industry-related equipment and facilities, allowing them to experience leading-edge technology and to produce work of the highest possible production standards.

AFDA students are provided with a standard kit of equipment for the various projects produced over the year. Over 300 film, TV and theater productions and projects are produced annually. Camera, lighting equipment & accessories, sound recording devices, studios, theaters, staging, post-production facilities and production dressing (including CMS) elements are provided in order for the students to complete the various term narrative challenges each year



For a list of accommodation options close to campus, please contact Cape Town campus: Bonita Brink / or International Students: Nadia Chalkley / / +27 021 448 7600


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18 Lower Scott Road, Observatory 7925, Cape Town South Africa
PO Box 13528, Mowbray 7705
Tel +27 21 448 7600 | Fax +27 21 448 7610 |

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Anthony Moipolai

TVP Lecturer

Bridget Moore

Personal Assistant to the Dean

Chris Weare

Live Performance Lecturer & Screen Discipline Champion

Diaan Lawrenson

TVP lecturer

Douglas Armstrong

Musical Performance

Garrick Simpson

1st & 2nd Editing Lecturer

Hannes Benade

Head of Editing

Jean Pierre De Waal

Producing Lecturer

Johannes Schreuder

Production Course Administrator & lecturer

Kevin Yates

Head of Directing

Lara Bye

Live Performance Lecturer

Lubomira Polikarska

Postgraduate Academic Administrator

Margaret Goldsmid

Writing Post Grad lecturer

Mauritz Grundlingh

Head of Production / Lecturer in Screen Design

Melo Forchu

Bachelor of Computer Technology Lecturer

Melo Forchu

Bachelor of Computer Technology Lecturer

Michael Ivy

Head of CMS

Michael Thorn

Production Course Lecturer & Researcher

Neo Peterson

Sound Design

Nick Mathews

Head of Post Production

Peter Goldsmid

Script writing lecturer

Royston Michaels

Head of Visual Effects

Sean Leslie


Sean Whitehead

Live Performance Production/ Project Manager

Stephanie Esterhuizen

HOD for Production Design

Stevan Buxt

AFDA Pro Facilitator


Screen Acting Lecturer

Anees Cobus

Reception & Marketing Assistant

Carlyn Julies

TV/Film Administrator

Lanna Lamberts

Student Affairs

Nadia Chalkley

International Marketing Officer

Nareen Rebello

Marketing Officer

Nasser Kemp


Nicholas Sobhudula

Operations / Maintenance

Peter Dodo


Priscilla Johnson

Operations Administrator

Rayaan Nustedien


Reza Fransman


Shana Lee Turner

Personal Assistant to the President of the Afda Council

Sharon Morrison

Learning Coordinator

Shaun O’Leary

Equipment Officer

Toni Barao

Assistant for Postgraduate Course Director

Chantelle Grove

Graphic Designer, Website & Social Media Administrator

Earle Holmes

Public Relations Officer

Janneke van der Merwe

Personal Assistant to Bata Passchier (CEO & Co-Founder)

Mandy Day

Personal Assistant to Garth Holmes (Chairman & Co-Founder)

Pam Indhur

Executive Personal Assistant to Dr Gerda Dullaart

Shana Lee Turner

PA to Dr Christopher John

Andrew Fulton

Market Research

Andy Davis


Anton Visser


Archie Birch

3rd year Aesthetics - Production Course

Chris Roland

Production Mentor

Dale Bedford

Location Management

Derick Venter


Edit Cafe

Edit & Sound (Avid & Pro tools)

Gerhardt Boonzaaier

BIT Business Leadership

Greg Grey


Greg Latter


Hagar Graiser

BIT Marketing & Sales

Helena Blok

Production Design

Ian Gabriel


Jan Nåls


Lance Field


Leila Anderson


Matthew Kalil

Production Course, Narrative

Michael Mitchell

Costume Designer

Niaobi Noisette

Production Design

Peter Carr


Revel Fox


Robbie Greenberg, ASC

Director of Photography

Rod Stewart




Thabang Moleya

Performance Director