American Film Institute

American Film Institute

American Film Institute Conservatory


2021 N. Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90027

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters (MFA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:


The AFI Conservatory offers a Master of Fine Arts* degree in six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Accomplished professionals serve as mentors and Faculty to Fellows in mastering their chosen disciplines. Led by a Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence, the faculty works intensively with Fellows in a sophisticated curriculum designed for talented individuals with a clear passion for storytelling. Unlike traditional graduate film programs, the AFI Conservatory uses hands-on collaboration as its primary teaching tool, providing an experience mirroring the real-world professional filmmaking environment in which Fellows from all disciplines collaborate to tell their stories and fulfill their vision. While classroom exercises are valuable, the Conservatory puts more emphasis on fully planned and realized production than any other graduate film programs. AFI Conservatory Fellows collectively produce more than 120 short narrative productions each year.




The AFI Conservatory is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

International Student Requirements:

International applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if English is not the applicant's native language. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 100 Internet-based score (IBT), 250 computer-based (CBT) or 600 paper-based (PBT). The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60+

In State Tuition (per year): 48,676 for 2016-2017 first year students USD

Out State Tuition (per year): $48,676 for 2016-2017 first year students USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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