Statement of Accreditation Status
American Film Institute

2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

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Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 17, 2017
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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No Related Entity
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Tom Engfer Vice Dean, Academic Affairs tengfer [at]
Board of Directors Chair Howard Stringer Chair Board of Trustees stringer_assistant [at]
Chief Academic Officer Tom Engfer Vice Dean, Academic Affairs tengfer [at]
Chief Executive Officer Bob Gazzale President bgazzale [at]
Chief Financial Officer Lang Frederickson CFO lfredrickson [at]
Director Institutional Research Soraira Urquiza Registrar surquiza [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Cinematography Masters 1969 On-Site
Directing Masters 1969 On-Site
Directing Workshop for Women Non-degree 1974 On-Site
Editing Masters 1969 On-Site
Producing Masters 1969 On-Site
Production Design Masters 1969 On-Site
Screenwriting Masters 1969 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Progress Report
Spring 2023 Offsite Review
Fall 2023 Accreditation Visit

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