Higher Certificate Course in Film, Television and Entertainment.

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN FILM, TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
SAQA ID NUMBER: 90741 (NQF LEVEL 5)
Campuses: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Botswana

AFDA is a private higher education institution which offers higher certificate and degree programmes that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to ensure the quality of our programmes. The DHET certificate number for AFDA is 2001/HE07/012.

AFDA reserves the right 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.


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The HC Course serves a dual function. First and foremost it is a one year foundation course designed to offer students access into the first year of undergraduate degree studies at AFDA. In addition it is an exit level higher certificate equipping students with skills allowing them to be placed in the entertainment industry in positions of assistants to key crew.

This course lays the foundation for students keen to gain technical experience in rigging in the performance industry at an assistant level. Emphasis on a wide range of practical training in stage, audiovisual, sound, studio sets and lighting rigging, with grounding in safety standards. Focus of internship/off campus experience will be with rigging companies and/or in film or television studios in a trainee rigging position.

Each of the four courses will include applications specific to the requirements of each course. For the students completing all four courses with the aim of entering into the AFDA Graduate programme, the separate course contents combine to form a solid grounding of the broader entertainment industry on an intellectual, aesthetic and technical level. The Higher Certificate student emerges with craft, technical, attitudinal and aesthetic skills which can be applied in the industry should further education at AFDA not be the focus. Computer literacy, reading and Interpretation of a brief, treatment, script, and/or callsheet is addressed, along with industry expectations, communication skills and a focus on teamwork. The student will learn to draw up time schedules and movement orders based on production requirement, and for the technical courses: interpretation of lighting and floor plans.

There are 2 HC streams to choose from, one of which is a technical stream and the second focuses on production and the art department in the entertainment industry.

Option 1 - HC Technical:

Option 1 - Term 1:
INTRODUCTION TO CAMERA: Camera assistants within the film industry
Option 1 - Term 2:
INTRODUCTION TO GRIPS AND LIGHTING: Technical assistants within the film and television industry
Option 1 - Term 3:
INTRODUCTION TO THE MULTICAM TELEVISION STUDIO: Technical assistants in the muticam television studio
Option 1 - Term 4:
INTRODUCTION TO RIGGING FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE: Rigging for Stage, Studio and Live Performance.

Option 2 - HC Production and the art department :

Option 2 - Term 1:
INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATION : Production and cast co-ordination within the commercial, film and television industries.
Option 2 – Term 2:
INTRODUCTION TO WARDROBE, MAKE-UP AND STYLING: Wardrobe, makeup and styling assistants within the stills, film and television industries:
Option 2 – Term 3:
INTRODUCTION TO ART DEPARTMENT: Art department assistants within the entertainment industry.
Option 2 – Term 4:
INTRODUCTION TO STAGE MANAGEMENT: Assistant stage management within the live performance industry.

Each of the four terms in the above two streams will include applications specific to the requirements of each term. For the students completing all four terms of either of the two streams with the aim of entering into the AFDA Graduate programme, the seperate terms’ contents combine to form a solid grounding of the broader entertainment industry on an intelectual, aesthetic and production/ technical level. The Higher Certificate student emerges with craft, technical/ production, attitudinal and aesthetic skills which can be applied in the industry should further education at AFDA not be the focus.
Computer literacy, reading and Interpretation of a brief, treatment, script, and/or callsheet is adressed , along with industry expectations, communication skills and a focus on teamwork.

Benefits of the Course:

1.     Gives you access to the AFDA degree program as well as enhancing your access to other tertiary learning institutions.

2.     Learn to collaborate, build your social skills, learning capacity and self-confidence.

3.     Gain insight into the various disciplines and career options in the entertainment arts.

4.     Discover and test your aptitude for a potential career in the entertainment arts.

5.     Prepare yourself for the rigors of tertiary degree experience

The minimum requirement is National Certificate (Matric) with admission to a Diploma or Higher Certificate.

OR the student may write an Entrance Exam at AFDA (View RPL Process). The AFDA Entrance Exam is a selection process approved by AFDA Senate for degree access. To give a candidate alternative access to degree, s/he can sit for the Entrance Exam and there must be record of it, the recommendation on the individual student from the registered psychometrist must be signed off by Senate or its subcommittee, as per AFDA Entrance Exam policy (in accordance with Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997) Amendment No 1317 in Government Gazette of 5 Dec 2008 number 31674 clause 31). Such access will apply only to AFDA’s programmes, its entrance exam is not valid to another university, and vice versa.

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