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Production Design


The American Film Institute believes in the power of diverse voices to drive culture forward.

We strive to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment at AFI that actively affirms and, is respectful of, the identities of all people,
across genders, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and ideological perspectives – and one where
self-reflection, honesty and accountability are practiced.

At AFI, we are responsible for the community we build and the stories we tell.


A Training Ground for Trailblazers

At the AFI Conservatory we believe in filmmaking first. Filmmakers come to AFI because they are guaranteed to make movies, and to master not only the tools, but also the art of storytelling. AFI isn’t like any other film school. Think of us like the most prolific content creators in Hollywood. Fellows collectively create up to 175 films a year across six disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.


Work with the Masters

Led by Hollywood icon James L. Brooks as Artistic Director, AFI Conservatory faculty are working filmmakers who bring decades of award-winning experience as real-world, professionals and transformative leaders in their field.


A Bridge to the Industry

The AFI Conservatory program is more than an academic experience in the art of moviemaking — it’s about connecting you with influential artists in the field, and with key players in the industry, to get your career off the ground right after graduation. Through a carefully curated series of programs and opportunities that happen year-round, you will have the best possible launchpad for success.

Scholarship Opportunities

AFI offers scholarships to help incoming and current Fellows pay for their education. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Several scholarships are available for Fellows from underrepresented communities, specific nationalities and Conservatory disciplines.


Alumni Recognition

Last Five Years

After their training, AFI filmmakers go on to make enormous cultural impact that resonates and endures far beyond the halls of the Conservatory.

Academy Awards®


Emmy Awards®


Golden Globes


Major Festivals

Alumni on
AFI DOCS, AFI FEST, Berlin, Cannes, London, New York, Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice

Diversity at a Glance

The AFI Conservatory is committed to nurturing fresh perspectives from diverse voices.

“The AFI experience is transformational. This is a place where ideas of all sorts and all perspectives come to blossom. The relationships and the skills you foster here are the ones that will carry you throughout your entire career.”

–Joyce Liu-Countryman, AFI Producing Class of 2018

Of 252 Fellows currently enrolled at the AFI Conservatory:

47%are women
39%are American filmmakers of color
32%are international


Ryan Gosling. Neon. Charlie Kaufman. AFI alum Duke Johnson sure knows the right way to pull off a solo feature directing debut. #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory

#afi #directing #dukejohnson #charliekaufman #ryangosling #filmschool

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#AFIAlumni did it again. The #ADGAwards has honored the best in production design and we’re proud that our alums worked to bring the imaginative worlds of winners #Tenet and #Mank to the big screen. #AFIConservatory #productiondesign

🏆 @tenetfilm: Best Fantasy Feature Film
🎥 @a.p.ness (AFI Class of 2016), Assistant Art Director
🎥 @berto_aguirre (AFI Class of 2018), Assistant Art Director
🎥 Kil Won Yu (AFI Class of 2010), Set Designer

🏆 @Mank: Best Period Feature Film
🎥 @danielamedeiros_ (AFI Class of 2015), Digital Set Designer

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What better way to close out the weekend than by celebrating three major #DGAAwards wins from these talented #AFIALumni? #AFIConservatory @directorsguild

🏆 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Movies for Television and Limited Series

🏆Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series
@sho_homeland, “Prisoners of War”

🏆Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
You Love Me, @beatsbydre

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Screenwriting alum Yugo Nakamura graduated from AFI last year and is already moving on to big things. We’re not surprised at all to see him accepted to the prestigious Cape New Writers Fellowship. spacemanbun @capeusa #CNWF

#afi #aficonservatory #capeusa #screenwriting #filmschool

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⚡️ It’s no shocker to us that @randy.mckinnon continues to electrify Hollywood. #afialumni #screenwriting

#aficonservatory #staticshock #dcfilms #screenwriter #movies

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Nothing scary about this news. We can’t wait for more Ari Aster/A24 projects. #afilalumni #aficonservatory

#ariaster #a24 #filmmaking #directing #tv #filmmaking

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#TheFallout won big at @SXSW last week. Cinematographer @theredroosta (AFI Class of 2016) was already a big winner in our book. 🎥 #afialumni #aficonservatory #sxsw

#cinematography #femalefilmmakers #afi #filmmaking

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Happy Friday indeed! Congrats @itslizhannah! Link in bio.

#KillingIt #AFIAlumni #AFIConservatory

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AFI ACE(D) the Eddie Award noms this morning. Congrats to our talented faculty @mattfriedman.editor and alums Anna Hauger and @va5un for making the cut.

#AFIAlumni #AFIFaculty #AFIConservatory #PalmSprings #Watchmen #WhatWeDoInTheShadows #EddieAwards

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We're so proud of the AFI alumni who were honored by the @producersguild this week for their masterful work! ⁣

#AwardsSeason #PGANominations #AFIConservatory #Ozark #TheQueensGambit⁣

David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television⁣
🌟 Scott Frank – @the.queensgambitnetflix ⁣

Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television⁣
🌟 John Shiban – @ozark ⁣

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Congratulations to all the AFI alumni and their projects that struck gold last night! #goldenglobes #afialumni #aficonservatory @goldenglobes

🏆 Best Television Limited Series/Motion Picture
Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984), Writer/Director

🏆 Best Musical/Comedy Series
@damakpic (AFI Class of 1984), Cinematographer

🏆 Best Picture - Foreign Language
@sungji715 (AFI Class of 2013), Production Designer

🏆 Best Picture – Animated
John Roesch (AFI Class of 1977), Foley Artist

🏆 Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
@fitzfeder AFI Class of 2006), Field Supervisor

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