One of South Africa's successful art schools will finally open doors to Batswana to have a career in television either in front or behind the scenes. Although the school will be competing with local universities like Limkokwing University which has proven to have successful alumni in the media industry, AFDA said they are not shaken by that since they bring a totally different thing to the students of Botswana and to the aspiring media personalities and producers. The campus will be opened in Gaborone in August, which will then give students time to apply to the DTEF scholarship if they qualify. Academic instructor Gerda Dullaart said that from their humble beginnings in 1994 they have managed to become one of the top film and television schools around the world.
She said at AFDA they have a culture of constantly being in the upliftment, upgrading and on-going development of their campus. “This is an essential part of our overall strategy of creating a stimulating learning environment in which a pool of talent maybe nurtured,” she said. She said through this they are able to meet the demands of the industry because they have a state of the art post production facilities for editing, animation, visual effects and studios for sound design, recording and mixing. Tsholofelo Nchingane and Mothusi Phuthego who are the Director and Lecturer, and Dean, Registrar and Lecture respectively are the partners who have actually helped bring the school to Botswana. The school will commence with four programmes in which two are undergraduate degrees and two are post graduate degrees.
Dullaart said their goal as a tertiary education institution is to contribute to Botswana's nation building and reward all stakeholders by providing a stimulating, rigorous and globally integrated learning experience. She boasted that their alumni have so much impact where they have set up many companies and managed to get several awards both internationally and locally. Phuthego said they have seen it fit to revive the local film industry, which will also be a good opportunity to help Botswana television with programs as they go digital since most of their students are always engaged in the industry where they are expected to produce plays.