The first year in the BA degree is essentially about discovery and inspiration. Students are exposed to the multiple disciplines on offer in the Film, Television or Performance Schools and use the year to identify and test their aptitudinal strengths and weaknesses.
There are no limitations on the number of electives that students may attend. Discipline choices and outcomes are governed by the student's personal ambition, work ethic, and enthusiasm. However, certain timetable logistics, discipline choice combinations and minimum assessment requirements may limit the student's choices.
These discipline choices are done in combination with the five Production Course components and the Assist Programme.
The second year is about coming to terms with the 'nuts and bolts' of the entertainment and media industries, particularly with regard to the personal discipline choices for which the student has qualified from the first year.
While only a minimum of two disciplines is required for the second year, this year is characterized by its rigor and intensity. The second year is often referred to as 'boot camp’ in which students' aptitudinal strengths and weaknesses are revealed and tested to the maximum.
As part of their final choice and qualification in a particular discipline for 3rd-year specialization, the student is required to meet the formal assessment requirement of Production Course and deliver discipline outcomes in their areas of specialization.
The third year is called 'the year of the artist.' It is in this year that students develop their personal artistic expression in their particular area of specialization and the early deepening of artistic relationships within their peer group.
The experimental film productions and public graduation festival at a commercial cinema venue are used as a means for students to manifest and understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in both. However, it is the exhibition and promotion of a 10 to a 12-minute dramatic narrative that meets the needs and wants of the intended audience that provides the true test of the year. It is here that students experience the realities and visceral qualities of the audience's response to their work, creating the first formal step towards the demands of creating commercial entertainment content for the market.
Outcomes are the projects completed as part of the practical assessment aspect of the degree. While students do not complete written examinations, the various stages of completing their outcomes form an examination process. Every outcome will have a different brief for students to learn not only about how to follow a brief but also to explore content development for various platforms, purposes and audiences from all points of view including narrative, performance, aesthetic, medium and control.
In first year, the focus is on short narrative content for mobile devices, online streaming sites, in-flight entertainment, promo content for a magazine television show, heritage-inspired theatre or live music performances depending on school and discipline choice.
Second-year outcomes include narratives used in gaming, product promotion or public service announcements, live television broadcasts at the AFDA Experimental Festival and Awards ceremony or live stage or music performances to campus audiences. As students progress each year, their outcome increase in format length as well as technical standards with access and training in more equipment and facilities.
In the third year, students will focus on semesterly outcomes all to be showcased at AFDA’s festivals. The first-semester outcome is an experimental project – either in film, television, theatre or music performance. These are shown at the Experimental Festival in June annually, a “warm-up” event to AFDA’s annual Graduation Festival. The second semester focuses on graduation outcomes in film, television, theatre or music performance. These projects will be showcased at various commercial and public venues in reasonable proximity to the campuses on exhibition platforms relevant to the various outcome formats. Students will be involved in the organization and promotion of the event as well as the screening/ performance of their outcome to attract their commercial audience to view and mark the outcome which is counted towards their examination mark.
FIRST YEAR: Just Starting Out
The minimum requirement to enter an AFDA Bachelors degree is a National Senior Certificate (matric) or National Certificate (Vocational) with exemption/admission to bachelor's degree, or equivalent.
OR the student may write an Entrance Exam at AFDA (View RPL Process). 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.
Requirements for Botswana campus
The minimum requirement to enter an AFDA Bachelors degree is BGCSE, IGCSE, O Level, with a minimum credits accumulation of 34 points for all degree or A Level.
SECOND YEAR: Recognised Prior Learning
You need to have completed your first-year degree studies at a recognized institution and have a portfolio or evidence of work to motivate your discipline choices. You will also have to have a full interview.
AFDA first-year students have the choice of selecting the following combinations of schools and disciplines for 1st year.
- Film School (2 semesters)
- Film & Television School (1 semester of each)
- Film & Performance School (1 semester of each)
- Performance & Television School (1 semester of each)
The Film School offers 12 disciplines in the first year. A minimum of 2 disciplines is selected per semester from within the following departments:
- Production: Screenwriting, Producing, Directing and Animation Directing*
- Image Production: Cinematography,Data and Grading
- Screen Design: Production Design (includes stage and theater design) and Costume, Make-up & Styling
- Post Production: Editing, Sound Design, Visual Effects and Media Music & Composition*
*Disciplines available at limited campuses only
The Performance School offers 3 disciplines per year and a compulsory Integrated Voice & Movement subject:
- Screen Acting
- Musical Performance*
- Stage Acting
*Disciplines available at limited campuses only
The Television School offers 4 compulsory disciplines in the first year:
- TV Scriptwriting
- TV Production
- TV Technical
- TV Post Production