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Higher Certificate in Film, TV and Entertainment Production

1-year full-time | NQF Level 5 | SAQA ID 90741


The Higher Certificates (HC) courses at AFDA are 1-year NQF level 5 programmes designed to lay a foundation of basic skills and learning to enter the creative economy at an assistant level, as well as enable further access to degree level education for first year in the BA or BCom degrees at AFDA. In addition to gaining insight into sectors of the creative economy, a Higher Certificate at AFDA will develop your capacity for learning through collaboration and an intrinsic practical understanding of disciplines and career possibilities in media and entertainment.


The Higher Certificate in Film, Television and Entertainment Production focusses on basic technical and/or production skills important for the running of a film or television set. There are 2 streams within the programme. Availability of both streams running in the same year on a particular campus is dependent on students numbers and demand in the selection process. In some cases a combination of both streams may be run at selected campuses. Either way, the programme will prepare students with the skills and understanding necessary for the basics of entertainment production.


Contact your nearest campus about visiting the campus for a consultation, attending an Open Day or for more information about the Higher Certificate Programmes. 





The Higher Certificate in Film, TV & Entertainment Production Streams:


Introductions to camera, grips, lighting, multi-cam studio and stage rigging.


Introductions to production co-ordination, art department, wardrobe make-up & styling and stage management.


Available at the Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.


The HC calendar runs from March - December.



  • National Senior Certificate (South African Grade 12 / Matric) with entry into a Diploma or Higher Certificate
  • Should you not have the above, you may be able to qualify to complete and pass the AFDA Entrance Exam. 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. Read more here (Entry Requirements) or contact your nearest AFDA campus to find out more.



Please go to: Entry Requirements or contact the International Marketing Office: +27 21 448 7600 / international@afda.co.za 

Study this course at these campuses

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth

Course type

Higher Certificates


1 year, Full time

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  • To graduate with an accredited and registered degree or higher certificate

  • To be part of an internationally recognized education institution

  • To be empowered with competitive, professional and innovative skills

  • To become part of a network of highly talented artists, entrepreneurs & practitioners

  • To contribute to nation-building by growing the creative economy


Students who Graduated with this Degree

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Alisa Wolf


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Jack Buckmaster


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Michaela Moriano


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Nathan Prior



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AFDA is registered as the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is a private higher education institution which offers higher certificate and degree programmes. It is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution under the the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012. Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to ensure the quality of our programmes.
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