The San Francisco Film School was founded by filmmakers with the core philosophy – “the best way to learn the art and craft of filmmaking is to make films!” Our unique production-based curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with practical, hands-on instruction. Students study core areas of filmmaking including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing, editing & post-production, and audio for film. During the course of each program, students make their own films, collaborate on classmates’ projects, make industry contacts, and create a body of work that will help them launch their career.
The AAS degree program is four (4) semesters and can be completed in 16 months. It teaches every aspect of filmmaking and is designed for students wishing to pursue careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers and editors in the motion picture and television industries.
In addition to their core filmmaking classes, students will be taught in general education; history of film, psychology and the creative mind, computer programming, statistics, and business of film. See the complete list of classes below.
Every semester students write, produce, direct and edit their own films, as well as, crew on each others’ projects. Over the course of four (4) semesters, students will make six (6) short films, each project becoming progressively more challenging.
Students produce the following films for the AAS degree:
Semester 1 – Visual Montage & Short Fiction Film
Semester 2 – Documentary
Semester 3 – Web Commercial & VR/360 Short Film
Semester 4 – Thesis Film
This project-based curriculum means that students learn filmmaking both in the classroom and hands-on, producing creative work that will help them develop their artistic voice and launch their career.