American Film Institute (AFI) - Directing

Degrees Offered
2 Year Conservatory
Tuition Range
$40k to $50k
$59,348 first year $61,425 second year

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Application Deadline
December 2, 2018 Acceptance Rate
25% (12 out of 48 applications)
Lowest Reported Minimum GPA
Earliest Interview Notification Date
January 25
Earliest Interview Date
February 2
Earliest Decision Date
March 13
Great directors must be great storytellers. The Directing program focuses on narrative, visual language and performance, offering Fellows a thorough understanding of the process of production from script to screen. Fellows learn to collaborate with screenwriters and producers, work with professional actors and incorporate the visions of cinematographers, production designers and editors into all their produced projects.

First year Fellows direct three substantial narrative projects that include an invaluable opportunity to work with actors from the Screen Actors Guild in a supportive, collaborative environment. The curriculum also requires participation in a directing workshop examining diverse directing styles, techniques and strategies, with specific attention to narrative point of view.

Second year directing Fellows team with those in other disciplines to create a short narrative thesis production, guided by professional faculty and utilized in class. Directors also develop a feature film or television project to be included in their thesis portfolios.
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GRE Required?
Portfolio Required?
Letters of Reference Required
Portfolio Requirements
1) Featured Screenplay (20 pages), and
2) Write a Scene (5 pages), plus a synopsis on a given topic
Class Size
Enrollment is limited to 140 Fellows — 28 Cinematographers, 28 Directors, 14 Editors, 28 Producers, 14 Production Designers and 28 Screenwriters.
Internship Opportunities

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