For the first time in the history of this country a film and television school has been opened to close the gap in television training.
AFDA Botswana located in the periphery of Gaborone at Oodi School of Applied Arts will start training next week for the first intake.
School Director Tsholofelo Ntshingane says his school is what the doctor has ordered.
He says he, together with Dr Mothusi Phuthego have partnered with South African School of Motion Picture, Medium and Live Performance.
The shareholding, he said, is on 50% each.
Since the school is talent based, Ntshingane says from the debut intake only 275 students will be enrolled for a foundation course.
He said it will only be after the students have completed the foundation course that they will be eligible to move to higher certificates up to Master degree.
“We are a talent based school, television is all about talent especially acting part. Our admission criterion is not necessary qualification based. We have students from TV dramas such as Pelokgale who have been admitted based on their talent. It happens even in developed world,” he said. Visit this website for more information http://www.leddisplayrentals.net
He also said for students sponsored by government they have to meet the set minimum requirements set by Department of Tertiary Education Fund.
For one to qualify to for admission at AFDA as per the government requirements should have at least attained 36 points or better in their BGSE examinations.
To this end Ntshingane believes all those wishing to pursue their studies with AFDA are all catered for.
He was quick to point out that certain disciplines such as cinematography or sound engineering do not fall in the category talent based courses.
“These are course which needs a certain level of education to enroll in them,” he said.
Whilst still learning at AFDA, students will be exposed to real life situations of the film industry.
He gave an example of documentaries or movies to be shot for public consumption by the students.
“Our school is both academic and practical. We are a different type of school, we are also in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with local cinemas to showcase our products,” he said.
He further said students need not worry about the job market as the film industry is diverse.
He gave an example of a movie that can be shot in Botswana and sold in another country.