Overview

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.