Academy of Television and Screen Arts’ increases number of bursary students

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At the Afpro Connect Conference held in November 2014 at the Maboneng Precinct, MICT Seta and the Academy of Television and Screen Arts (ATV) announced the results of the 2014 Cape Film Commission (CFC)-MICT-ATV bursary programme.

MICT Seta learning programme manager Ernest Nemugavhini said that the organisation was proud to be working with the Cape Film Commission in bringing this year’s increased number of bursaries to the industry. The ATV is a respected provider of training and through the MICT-funded CFC-sponsored programme, it has increased its bursary quota for previously disadvantaged Higher Certificate students to 25 - from a base of eight a year ago.

ATV’s academic manager Mocke Jansen van Veuren and co-founder Michael Lee who hosted the event, pointed out that the bursaries have enabled students to take time away from the workplace in order to acquire the necessary skills to function as entry-level professionals. “This is the first step towards a fulfilling career in the industry,” said Jansen van Veuren.

Bursary recipient Mandisa Gumbi (33), one of the oldest of the bursary students said that her journey has not only been about academics. “My world has expanded and I have gained enough confidence to market my skills to the industry,” she said.

Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku (18) the youngest of the bursary students said that she hoped the Seta will continue to expand its bursary programme to include more previously disadvantaged students. “It has advanced my career in ways I can’t measure,” she said.

Academy of Television and Screen Arts, a division of Academy of Sound Engineering offers a one-year Higher Certificate and a three-year Diploma qualification in Television and Screen Media.

For more information visit the ATV website.

Source: Screen Africa 1 December 2014