Located in the filmmaking-making capital of the world, AFI's campus is nestled in the hills overlooking Hollywood. The AFI Conservatory's woodsy and intimate eight-acre campus is close to the heart of the professional filmmaking community, with easy access to studios, networks and numerous post-production facilities.
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. All classes and workshops are small in size to maximize the mentor relationships.
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.