Film and Digital Media Center. Located on the main campus in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education building.
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Application Materials (PDF)
Thank you for your interest in the Clayton State University Film and Digital Media Center! We are excited that you are considering our film industry training program that is in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy (GFA).
The GFA film production certificate is dedicated to training entry-level crew members (grips, sound, production assistants, art department, etc...) and workforce development. This program is not focused on content creation (writing, directing, producing, etc...), although content creators can benefit from the knowledge gained in this certificate.
Due to the high demand, we are having interested students apply to take the GFA courses at CSU's Film and Digital Media Center. Although we partner with the Georgia Film Academy, this application process is administered and processed by Clayton State University and is not administered nor processed by the Georgia Film Academy. We will be accepting Applications October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017 (not postmarked). Interested persons must submit an application, which includes the following:
Submit two copies of the application package, in two separate 1-inch binders, to our department in the following order: Note:There is no form to fill out.
No minimum length, please include previous employment, community experiences and/or other pertinent information. Previous film experience is not a requirement to apply.
Why do you want to be considered for the Georgia Film Academy 1 Course? What are your goals and aspirations in the film industry?
Two or more recommendations from professional colleagues, current/former instructors, current/former collaborators and/or family mentors who can speak to your passion for your career goals. Note: Your recommender may address the Letter to "Film and Digital Media Center", or "To Whom it May Concern".
Describe an experience in which you exercised teamwork and took part in a productive collaboration. What was your role? What was the outcome?
Choose one or more of the following:
You can submit a work sample that demonstrates your previous experience/knowledge in a filmmaking craft or one that describes how you performed. Here are some examples of what you might submit:
Please create two (2) copies of your application package in two (2) clearly labeled 1-inch binders and send to:
Clayton State University
Film and Digital Media Center
Continuing Education Building
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260
NOTE: You may mail or drop the packets off in person at the Clayton State University Lucy Huie Hall Film Studio, located at 9147 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, GA 30236 (next to the Clayton Justice Center) or on main campus in the Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Building, room 223.
Classes scheduled to start: January 2018
Due to limited seating, students admitted into the first class of the production program, GFA 1, are not automatically admitted to the second class of the production program (the “On-Set Experience” internship). Students must apply to the “On-Set Experience” internship after successfully completing the first class. However, they will be eligible to simply enroll in the GFA Craft Course offerings after completing GFA 1. The Craft Courses currently include, “Set Construction”, “Electric and Lighting”, and "Grip and Rigging".
Please call our office at 678-466-5085 if you have any questions.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
Clayton State University and the Georgia Film Academy does and will comply with all applicable laws and policies regarding not discriminating on the basis of race, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.
Is this an application to Clayton State University?
This is not an application to receive an academic degree from Clayton State University, but rather an application to the Georgia Film Academy program (film production) at CSU's Film and Digital Media Center. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate from the Georgia Film Academy. If you are interested in pursuing a degree at Clayton State University, you may find more information at this link to the Office of Admissions www.clayton.edu/admissions
Can I submit an electronic copy of the application?
No. We would like physical copies of your resume, statement of purpose, & collaboration anecdote placed in a 1-inch binder and mailed or delivered to one of the addresses above. Depending on the type of work sample that you are submitting, it should accompany the binder material in a data DVD or on a flash drive. One copy per binder.
Why do you no longer have a wait list?
Due to the demand of the program, we had over 250 people on the waitlist for the Fall 2016 classes, for only 25-75 seats. In order to do a proper evaluation of all those interested, an application process was put in place.
I am a degree-seeking student at Clayton State University, do I need to apply?
No. This application process is only for people seeking to take the class through Continuing Education. If you are already enrolled at Clayton State, please sign up for the course through your class registration.
When do I pay for the course?
Once you have applied and been accepted into the program, you would need to pay to register for the course. From the date of acceptance, you will have 5 days to register and pay for the course. After 5 days, if you have not paid for the course, that seat could go to another potential student.
What days and times are the courses offered?
Class days and time are to be determined.