American Film Institute Conservatory Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 18 respondents

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School Information

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  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: NASAD
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 328
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 1% part-time, 99% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $47,030
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4.68 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

The program is the best of its kind. It prepares students through advanced courses in their discipline and allows for technical and artistic mastery of the craft.
4.32 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The American Film Institute is a european style conservatory program that is discipline specific in multiple areas of filmmaking. I my self am in the directing discipline which only allows me to direct through out the entire program. Teaching me the best possible approach to creatively collaborate with leaders from the other disciplines. Specific focus, and collaboration are the corner stones of this unique program. The conservatory style teaching keeps you on your toes 7 days a week, with multiple projects over lapping each other, classes, seminars and future career preparation all happening throughout the entire 2 years of the program. I read somewhere that in the 2 year program of AFI you get almost double the amount of classroom and hands on filmmaking experience then USC and NYU in their 3 year graduate programs. Even if I never made another film outside this program, the life changing experience of going through the process has been more then worth it.
3.21 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of this program include the enormous network of working professionals that are your peers and your mentors. Moving to LA it is really valuable to establish a solid network of talented people. Cons include the price of the school which hardly gives out any financial aid.
3.71 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

AFI is truly an amazing, transformative experience, but the cost and loan debt is overwhelming. At over $50,000 per year (it's a two year MFA program) you have to push yourself to make sure you get everything out of your time at the conservatory possible. The other fellows are amazing. The camera and lighting gear is very good and the Conservatory encourages on location shooting, but the campus lacks a professional studio space for project shoots.
3.82 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

It's a very ambitious graduate program and helps fellows connect to professional people in the film industry outside of the school. It's very expensive and financial aid is not enough for me.
4.32 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is amazing! but since being a conservatory it demands your 24/7 attention, you must dream about your work, and what you have to do next, and that is both a pro, and con.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

Afi is incredible, it's intense and competitive, not for everyone.
4.93 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2014

AFI provides not only the top level of faculty who still work in the industry today but also some of the most talented students. Being surrounded with such high standards immediately raised the bar for my own efforts. Through the course of the 2 year program you make several films. You are learning from trial and error, and boy do they make sure you never forget your errors. Their guests include some of the biggest names in the film industry and getting to screen their films before the official release is definitely a huge perk. The school leaves a life changing impression and although there's not even time to breath while attending, it has been incredibly rewarding and worth the high cost of tuition.
3.64 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2014

I've talked with students from most of the other top film schools, and none of them work as hard or do as much as we do. You won't experience as much anywhere else.
4.18 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2014

AFI is by far the best film school in the world. The workload immerses you so deeply into the art of visual storytelling that you immediately feel a progress in your train of thought and in the output of your work. Their faculty comprises of all successful individuals in their own right and they support your endeavors not only in the classroom but beyond. As a soon graduate of their program, I highly recommend this institution.
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