American Film Institute (AFI) - Producing

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 1, 2019 Acceptance Rate
63.64% (7 out of 11 applications)
Lowest Reported Minimum GPA
Earliest Interview Notification Date
January 30
Earliest Interview Date
February 3
Earliest Decision Date
February 15
Developing in-depth knowledge of all aspects of creative and physical production, Producing Fellows graduate with an ability to think creatively and lead with confidence and authority.

First year Fellows produce three narrative projects in collaboration with Fellows from other disciplines. They participate with their teams in both creative and production meetings, during which their individual projects are discussed and developed. Producing Fellows also attend weekly workshops and seminars where they learn about the producer's role and responsibilities in the filmmaking process.

In the second year, producers team with Fellows in other disciplines to create a short narrative thesis production. Additionally, they are required to develop a feature film or television project as an integral component of their individual thesis portfolio. Producing Fellows also engage in a series of workshops and seminars on all aspects of creative entrepreneurial producing.
School URL
GRE Required?
Class Size
Enrollment is limited to 140 Fellows — 28 Cinematographers, 28 Directors, 14 Editors, 28 Producers, 14 Production Designers and 28 Screenwriters.
Internship Opportunities
Portfolio Required?
Portfolio Requirements
Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Vision Statement—Please submit a 1-2 page statement on a story you would like to create as a feature or TV show. Whether an original idea or an adaptation based on a novel, play, magazine article, current news event, or historical event, please include:
    1. Articulate the theme(s) that drew you to the story, character details, and style.
    2. Explain why you want to tell this story and why you think it will appeal to audiences
  2. Short Answers— Please answer two out of three of the following questions. One-page maximum total; please devote a half page to each of your two questions only.
    1. Tell us something about an incident in your life when you acted in a way that surprised even you.
    2. Tell us something that people might assume about you that actually isn’t right- and what is the truer version?
    3. What two qualities do you possess that would serve you well as a producer?
Supplemental submissions are not required but can include:

  1. Submit a link to any visual work which you think best represents your endeavors up to this point. Please specify your role. The project should be no longer than 10 minutes in length and should be in English or subtitled in English.
Submissions will be accepted via a link to YouTube or Vimeo in the online application; DO NOT PASSWORD PROTECT THE VIDEO LINKS YOU PROVIDE IN YOUR APPLICATION.

All essays must be saved as a PDF, typed, double spaced, listing your name, discipline, and fall 2020 at the top of the page.

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