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Vacancy: Production Design Lecturer

January 9, 2017 1:42 pm

AFDA Cape Town    

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is the leading film school in SA, and a full member of CILECT, the association of the world’s major film and television schools. The AFDA values are passion, self discipline, integrity, reliability and humility.

Applications are invited for the position of:

Lecturer and Head of Department – Production Design

As the Discipline Lecturer and Head of Department for Production Design, AFDA is looking for a committed and dedicated industry professional to lecture and provide support to undergraduate students. The position requires someone with drive and initiative who is able to motivate students and guide them into the world of production design for Screen, TV and Stage. The candidate needs to demonstrate a willingness to embrace AFDA’s unique pedagogy which is the basis of the interdisciplinary teaching at AFDA. There is also a strong emphasis on cultural relevance within the teaching, and the need to help the students identify and develop a distinctive African voice to their productions, driving them towards an aesthetic signature. In this way we hope to be able to contribute to nation building and build the foundations for a sustainable local film industry.

Working within the Art & Design Department the Head of PD will be lecturing the following:

  • Set design
  • Scenography
  • Dressing and properties
  • Construction
  • Visualization
  • Art history
  • Drawing 

Key Duties:

  • Lecturing 1st, 2nd and 3rd year degree film, TV and Stage students
  • Teaching practical (construction, dressing, props)
  • Teaching conceptual (theory of design, scenography)
  • Conducting student consultations and reflective meetings
  • Preparing content and lesson plans for each term
  • Assessment registration for the term’s assessments
  • Working with counter-parts to ensure parity across all campuses on term outcomes
  • Attendance registers and class management administration
  • Timetable planning
  • Curriculum development
  • Managing of Prop Stores and equipment booking
  • Track production budgets for Art Department students on 3rd year level
  • Maintain equipment and tools

Requirements and Personal Attributes:

  1. At least 5 years’ experience in the film, stage and entertainment industry
  2. Relevant Honours Arts degree in Film, Stage, and/or related design field.
  3. Computer literacy
  4. Highly developed organisational skills
  5. Initiative
  6. Maturity to handle a range of situations
  7. A meticulous and thorough nature
  8. An ability to work to tight deadlines
  9. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  10. Loyalty and a high level of confidentiality
  11. Honest and trustworthy – committed to high integrity of excellence.
  12. Culturally aware and sensitive.


Please send the following to

  • a CV (no certificates)
  • email and telephone contact details
  • 3 references

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Type:                          Full-time fixed-term contract

Campus location:    Observatory, Cape Town

Start date:                  February 2017

Salary:                        Negotiable on experience and appropriate qualification.





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