The MFA student selects a research topic within a specialist field.  The aim of the research is to providet a tangible contribution in the field of specialisation that can directly impact on the growth and development of the local entertainment industries.

Students are required to keep a learning journal in which they reflect on the learning process and the insights they gain, both in terms of research practice and their experiential learning during production.

Professional Practice: Students can choose the MFA in one of two elective streams:

  1. Story Adaptation and Screenplay
  2. Production - Motion Picture  Medium

The production outcomes for the Story Adaptation and Screenplay stream offer the following:

  1. The adaptation of an existing narrative
  2. The development of an original narrative into:
    • full length feature film script, or a
    • pilot and second episode of a television series, and a written outline for the series.

The screenplay or teleplay is reviewed by:

  1. Recognised industry experts and/or
  2. A pitch to a panel of producers.

The aim of the pitch is to have the production commissioned for production.

The production outcomes for the Production stream are the following:

  1. The development, preproduction, production, post-production and public exhibition of a feature-length (48 – 90 minute) production for one of the following:
  2. A documentary
  3. narrative feature film
  4. A television series pilot, and first episode
  5. The equivalent of a feature length entertainment production for distribution and exhibition on new media platforms
  6. A combination of 3 special projects, drawn from the following list:
    • A short narrative film (24 minutes duration)
    • A pilot for a television series or novella
    • Three commercials
    • A short documentary (24 minutes duration)
    • A factual entertainment TV project of 48 minutes duration

Students will collaborate with other AFDA MFA students on their production outcomes. Alternatively, a student may participate in a professional production to achieve the above, provided that all the rules and regulations pertaining to AFDA production assessments are adhered to in full.

The MFA is offered as a part time degree, over two years. Students who choose to take it on a full-time basis, are able to complete the course in one year.

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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