Africa Film Drama Art AFDA Registration

AFDA films are exhibited at numerous international festivals and have been broadcast worldwide, winning many prestigious awards, including the Student Academy Award winner and Cannes Festival finalist in 2006, as well as  eight SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) awards for Best Student Film. AFDA is a full member of CILECT – the International Association of Accredited Film and Television Schools.


Please complete this form before proceeding to paying your registration fee.

Payment Registration

You will have received an acceptance letter which includes the details on registering to secure your place in your chosen course. It also outlines your terms of acceptance into that course.

We don’t set a registration deadline, but when our courses fill up with registered students there is a waiting list for applicants still wanting to enrol into the course.



How to Verify AFDA’S Registration and Accreditation Status

AFDA is the trading name for The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.

AFDA is a Private Higher Education Institution owned by Stadio Holdings, which offers Higher Certificate and Degree programmes that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to ensure the quality of our programmes. The DHET certificate number for AFDA is 2001/HE07/012.

The registration of AFDA’s programmes can be verified by typing in SAQA on your web browser and following these steps: Click on “Search Qualifications” Type the appropriate ID number in the sub field named “Qualification ID”.  Do not enter any other fields and press “Go”.  The programme details will appear. A description of the programme will appear if you click on the programme name. The Qualification ID’s of AFDA’s  programmes are listed on the course pages for each qualification.

AFDA’s registration as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) at the Department of Higher Education and Training can be verified
Google “DHET register of PHEIS” which is the acronym for The Department of Higher Education’s Register of Private Higher Education Institutions

In the update of July 2021, AFDA’s details are listed as entry no. 89 on page 107.

The details of a person claiming to have graduated from AFDA can be verified by phoning the Student Affairs Office at the campus in question. The person must provide a report or academic transcript on which the student number and year of graduation will appear.

AFDA is a full member of CILECT (, an international association of Film and Television schools. Over 170 of the top institutions globally are full members. This membership allows AFDA to gain access to a global network of the creative economy through education, conferences, partnerships and exchanges.

Over and above CILECT, applicants may refer to UK NARIC which is a United Kingdom based agency responsible for giving advice and guidance on the comparable level of overseas qualifications. NARIC offers a number of different services that help institutions and individuals understand the level of qualification achieved overseas and if the provider of qualifications are legitimate. AFDA as such is listed on their database of accredited providers since AFDA holds accreditation through The South African Qualifications Authority.

Queries directly to UK NARIC: Email address: [email protected]  / Telephone number: +44 3003 038777

Alternatively, you may contact the International Student Affairs officer Zena America [email protected] | +27 (0) 21 448 7600

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