At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools.
With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program.
Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.
Hall of Fame
Terrence Malick (Class of 1969)
THE TREE OF LIFE, THE THIN RED LINE
David Lynch (Class of 1970)
BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Andrea Arnold (Class of 1991)
TRANSPARENT, WUTHERING HEIGHTS
Darren Aronofsky (Class of 1992)
BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
Patty Jenkins (Class of 2000)
WONDER WOMAN, MONSTER
Pieter Jan Brugge (Class of 1979)
THE INSIDER, HEAT
Steve Golin (Class of 1981)
SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT
Anne Garefino (Class of 1988)
SOUTH PARK, THE BOOK OF MORMON
Dante Di Loreto (Class of 1991)
AMERICAN CRIME STORY, GLEE
Philip Lee (AFI Class of 1993)
CLOUD ATLAS, THE REVENANT