Work in Georgia’s film/TV industry
Continuing and Professional Education at Georgia College now offers the Georgia Film Academy certificate program to train non-degree seeking students to prepare for jobs in the film and television industry. Admission to Georgia College is not required to attend this program.
The Georgia Film Academy is a collaboration of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia created by state leadership to meet education and workforce needs for high demand careers in Georgia’s film and creative industries.
The GFA higher education program offers rigorous professional training, and may lead to union-covered film and television production craft internships and placement in creative industries apprenticeships and jobs.
- Multi-disciplinary training by professionals in the film, TV and new media industries.
- In classroom course work coupled with on-set, hands-on training.
- Hands-on instruction and training working with a package of professional equipment (cameras, sound gear, lights, etc.) as well as production trucks, generators and sound studio space.
- Opportunity to work on “real world” projects in order to develop recognized film credits, through partnerships with professional productions.
- One-on-one job counseling to include resume preparation, job research and job placement outreach.
The Georgia Film Academy enrolls students for fall, spring, and summer sessions.
For more information on the Georgia Film Academy and the certification, visit http://georgiafilmacademy.org.
The Film Production Certificate consists of 18-credit hours. The first course is 6-credit hours taught on the Georgia College campus.
In order to receive the 18-Credit Hour Film & Television Production Certification, you will need to complete the following 3 steps:
STEP 1: Successfully complete GFA1000: Introduction to On-Set Film Production course (6 Credits) with a grade of “C” or better.
STEP 2: Successfully complete a GFA Specialty Craft course with a grade of “C” or better.
The following Specialty Craft courses are available for registration for non-degree seeking students:
- GFA 2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting
- GFA 2020 Lighting & Electric
- GFA 2030 Grip & Rigging
- GFA 2040 Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100
- GFA 2050 Introduction to Special Makeup Effects
- GFA 2060 Production Accounting & Office Management
- GFA 3140 Introduction to Sound Design with Avid ProTools 100
- GFA 4040 Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 - **Prerequisite: GFA 2040 Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100
STEP 3: Successfully complete a GFA Internship (details listed below) or another Specialty Craft course listed in STEP 2 with a grade of “C” or better.
- GFA 2000 Film & Television Production Internship **By application/acceptance only. Prerequisites GFA 1000 + one specialty craft course.
Students who register for the non-credit GFA courses may enter the program without applying through the formal college admissions process.
To register for a course or to view all available courses, please visit the link listed below:
Please note that GFA1000: Introduction to On-Set Film Production is a pre-requisite for ALL GFA courses.
If you are currently a student at Georgia College and would like to inquire about the program for college credit please go here instead: GC Department of Theatre and Dance GFA website
NOTE: Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation is fluid. We are closely following the guidelines from the USG and Georgia Department of Public Health. It is possible these outlined course delivery plans could change based on directives from these entities at a future date.
Non-credit course information:
For questions regarding non-credit GFA classes at Georgia College please contact:
Candice Griffeth, Program Coordinator, GC Continuing & Professional Education
478-445-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*For currently enrolled Georgia College students interested in taking GFA classes for college credit, please contact GC Department of Theatre and Dance.
Georgia Film Academy Information:
- For questions or more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please contact Academics Coordinator Carla Frazier Bah, email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for Non-Degree Seeking Students:
What Kinds of Jobs does the GFA Training Prepare You For? Entry-level positions both on set and in production offices.
- On Set Production Assistant (PA)
- Art: set dressers, props
- Sound: mixer, boom operator, utility
- Camera: operator, camera assistants (1st and 2nd)
- Electric: on-set lamp operators
- Grip: on-set, dolly grip
- Craft Services
- Script Supervision
- Video Assist
- Office PA
Do I have to enroll at Georgia College to register for GFA courses? No. Students who register for the non-credit GFA courses may enter the program without applying through the formal college admissions process.
Am I able to receive certification if I register for non-credit GFA courses? Yes!
What is the cost of the program? Each course fee is $750.
Are there any additional fees outside of course tuition? Currently, GFA2040 and GFA3140 have an additional $100 materials fee that will be added to your registration.
Are there any pre-requisites to register for the GFA1000: Introduction to On-Set Film Production course (6 Credits)? The only pre-requisites for the GFA1000 course are the desire and willingness to learn!
Are the classes online or in person? Some classes are currently conducted using a hybrid model with in-person and online learning while others are being conducted solely online. What model is used will vary per course, per semester. Please note that for the hybrid model, students will receive hands-on instruction, while completing lectures, discussions, assignments and tests virtually via Desire 2 Learn (D2L). The classes will meet synchronously each week. For safe and successful delivery of face-to-face instruction, due to COVID-19, GFA classes will be divided into smaller groups, implementing social distancing, while following GFA’s safety and sanitation protocols. Masks will be required for all instructors, students and staff. Students will report to their scheduled location on a rotating basis for the hands-on, face-to-face instruction.
Will I have to take any in-person courses to complete my certification? GFA1000: Introduction to On-Set Film Production, which is the pre-requisite for ALL GFA courses, is currently offered only in a hybrid model. Therefore, in-person participation will be required. The course is currently offered at both locations: Georgia College Main Campus and Trilith Studios. There are a limited number of the remaining courses offered solely online that will allow you to complete your certification. These course offerings vary per semester. If you would like more details on these course offerings, please contact GFA Academic Coordinator Carla Frazier Bah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where does in-person instruction take place? Locations will vary per course, per semester. All information will be provided for each individual course before registration opens. Locations include but are not limited to the following:
- Georgia College Main Campus, 231 W. Hancock, St.,Milledgeville, GA 31061
- Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios), 461 Sandy Creek Rd., Fayetteville, GA 30214
What is your withdrawal/refund policy? The refund policy will vary per course, per semester. All refund information will be provided in the course description upon registration.
What are the required materials for each course? Any additional materials that are required will be listed in each course description.
Do I need prior experience to apply for the certificate program? No prior experience is necessary.
Can Continuing Education non-credit classes be converted to credit? Non-credit classes are not eligible to be converted into credit courses if enrolled at the institution at a later date.