Introducing…the New Bachelor of Arts in Film Production
Beginning August 2015, the Clayton State University the Bachelor of Arts in Film Production will be a part of the Communications and Media Studies program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences. The new program will emphasize post-production to prepare students for careers in Georgia’s burgeoning film industry.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production emphasizes post-production to prepare students for careers in the professional film industry. However, students are also introduced to the pre-production and production facets of film production so that they understand the entire filmmaking process. In this program, students attain skills in areas such as storytelling, compositing, editing, special effects, motion graphics, and sound effects. Students will also have an opportunity to take courses outside of the film area, and pursue a minor program to further enhance their job marketability.
Graduates of the B.A. program in Film Production will demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Understand critical and creative processes and aesthetic approaches involved in the pre-production, production and post-production phases of film making
- Develop mastery of technical and artistic skills that are fundamental to filmmaking and video production and post-production—including writing, producing, directing, editing, cinematography, production and audio design
- Acquire and model accepted industry practices, including those regarding professional collaborations, safety and ethical standards, and demonstration of employment marketability
- Analyze and critique films representing a broad range of theoretical and historical perspectives
The curriculum for the B.A. in Film Production will build on Clayton State’s well-established Media Production and Media and Cultural Criticism concentrations in the existing Communication and Media Studies major. The program will also track closely to the non-credit film training offered by Clayton State’s Film and Digital Media Center. The collaboration between the credit and non-credit programs will offer a variety of benefits to participants in both programs, including shared access to Clayton State’s new 10,000 square foot film studio.
“Clayton State will prepare students from a variety of backgrounds to succeed in the film industry by providing them the skills employers demand,” says VPA Chair Dr. Susan Tusing. “Additionally, the collaboration and cooperation between both the non-credit and credit programs provide students in the non-credit program another pathway to enter higher education.
“We have many students inquiring about film and media production, and the production classes in our Communications and Media Studies program have been enormously popular. We anticipate the B.A. in Film Production to be a significant program in our department and at Clayton State, and to be a major contributor to the future of the film industry in Georgia. We expect the graduates of this program to make an enormous impact on the field in and beyond Georgia.”
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