08 November 2017, News

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 Head of Film School at the Port Elizabeth campus of AFDA.


  • Masters or other relevant degree
  • Strong leadership ability
  • Passion for education, film production and for the arts
  • Proactive management style; ability to delegate successfully & effectively
  • Committed to excellence in education, alignment to AFDA’s goals and academic vision
  • Experience in academic management and lecturing at degree level
  • Administrative accuracy
  • Industry experience, and extensive industry and academic network
  • A strong knowledge of the subject area combined with a broad subject background enabling contributions to teaching programmes



  • Overall effective management, administration and running of the Film School
  • Overseeing the quality and standard of the academic process
  • Liaising with the Heads of the Production Course, Live Performance and Post Graduate Schools, as well as with other Heads of School on our sister Campuses
  • Overseeing general programme administration and operations functions through liaising with Registrar and Student Affairs, Student Academic Mentorship Officers, Research Centre staff and Finance Department
  • Liaising with the Marketing Department to assist with student recruitment, interviews, RPL assessment and Open Days
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual budget and resource management.



  • Report to Campus Dean
  • Prepare quarterly report on key programme management statistics and student success
  • Supervise curriculum development and implementation
  • Contribute to policy development and maintain accreditation and other statutory requirements
  • Conduct weekly meetings, administration, planning and general management of the Film School
  • Establish good working relations and communication with key departments such as other Course Directors for other AFDA programmes, the Operations department, Registry, Council, Academic Standards Subcommittee, and the Marketing department
  • Stimulate staff and student research
  • Oversee student learning and assessment
  • Ensure accuracy and timeous delivery of marks and statistics to the Registry
  • Recruit, lead, train and supervise lecturers in the various film school disciplines
  • Plan, administer and manage budgets and resources
  • Represent AFDA and the Film School to internal and external stakeholders
  • Teach either Screenwriting or Film Producing to undergraduate students


To apply: 

Please send the following to deniser@afda.co.za

  • Covering letter
  • CV (no certificates at this stage)
  • Email and telephone contact details
  • 3 contactable references

Deadline for applications: 10 November, 2017

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Type:                           Full-time, fixed-term contract

Campus location:         28 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth, 6070

Start date:                   January, 2018

Remuneration: Negotiable, dependent on experience and qualification



AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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