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AFDA (The South African School Of Motion Picture Medium And Live Performance)

AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based film schools in the world and listed by the council on higher Education as one of the top six private universities in South Africa. Since 1994. Our achievements have been recognized both locally and internationally and our students work has won numerous awards, including a much-coveted Student Academy Award for Best Foreign short film (Elalini,2006)


Production Design
Sound Design
Animation Directing
Visual  Effects
Costume,Make-up & Styling
Media Music Production
Screen Acting
Live Television Production



What learn2 can do for you

learn2 can help you to transform your artistry into a rewarding and profitable career in animation, visualisation or visual effects when you earn your Autodesk certification at learn2 Digital Media Academy.

When studying at learn2, you will acquire the practical knowledge and artistic expertise you need to become an successful animator, compositor or designer. You will benefit from individualised attention and professional critiques of your work by experts from leading companies.

The Reason for the Academy

Touchvision Digital Media Solutions is a leading South African supplier of advanced digital film & video post -production solutions. We have recognised that the industry needs not only for better production systems but for creative and talented artists as well.

Their  experience as a technology provider tells us that simply providing the technology is only one small part of the solution. Technology needs to be complemented by developing and training a pool of talented and suitably trained individuals who are proficient in the many different aspects of modern film and broadcast content.

learn2 Digital Media Academy fills that gap: offering training on the latest Autodesk software for animation, editing and visual effects.

The added value of our courses comes from our involvement in the real world of content creation, and the access we have to the top facilities and people nationwide.

Student Field Trip

learn2 Animation and VFX will be hosting a field trip to a well known post production house in Cape Town, for prospective students interested in pursuing a career in Animation and Visual Effects.  For more information, please contact Mary Pearson on 021 421 5501 / mary@learn2.co.za.

Open Day

Saturday 19th August – between 10.00am-2.00pm


Graphic Designers

Nature of the Work

Graphic designers—or graphic artists—plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They find the most effective way to get messages across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems—called environmental graphics—for business and government. An increasing number of graphic designers also develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects. Graphic designers also may produce the credits that appear before and after television programs and movies.

The first step in developing a new design is to determine the needs of the client, the message the design should portray, and its appeal to customers or users.Graphic designers consider cognitive, cultural, physical, and social factors in planning and executing designs for the target audience. Designers gather relevant information by meeting with clients, creative or art directors, and by performing their own research. Identifying the needs of consumers is becoming increasingly important for graphic designers as they continue to develop corporate communication strategies in addition to creating designs and layouts.

Graphic designers prepare sketches or layouts—by hand or with the aid of a computer—to illustrate their vision for the design. They select colors, sound, artwork, photography, animation, style of type, and other visual elements for the design. Designers also select the size and arrangement of the different elements on the page or screen. They may create graphs and charts from data for use in publications, and they often consult with copywriters on any text that accompanies the design. Designers then present the completed design to their clients or art or creative director for approval. In printing and publishing firms, graphic designers also may assist the printers by selecting the type of paper and ink for the publication and reviewing the mock-up design for errors before final publication.

Graphic designers use specialized computer software packages to help them create layouts and design elements and to program animated graphics.

Graphic designers sometimes supervise assistants who follow instructions to complete parts of the design process. Designers who run their own businesses also may devote a considerable time to developing new business contacts, choosing equipment, and performing administrative tasks, such as reviewing catalogues and ordering samples. The need for up-to-date computer and communications equipment is an ongoing consideration for graphic designers.


Work environment.

Working conditions and places of employment vary. Graphic designers employed by large advertising, publishing, or design firms generally work regular hours in well-lighted and comfortable settings. Designers in smaller design consulting firms and those who freelance generally work on a contract, or job, basis. They frequently adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and deadlines. Consultants and self-employed designers tend to work longer hours and in smaller, more congested, environments.

Designers may work in their own offices or studios or in clients’ offices. Designers who are paid by the assignment are under pressure to please existing clients and to find new ones to maintain a steady income. All designers sometimes face frustration when their designs are rejected or when their work is not as creative as they wish. Graphic designers may work evenings or weekends to meet production schedules, especially in the printing and publishing industries where deadlines are shorter and more frequent.

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