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In partnership with the Georgia Film Academy (GFA), Clayton State University is excited to offer the GFA Certification (non-degree program). The program is for those who want to pursue a career in the film industry. It may be completed in as little as 32 weeks. A degree is not required to apply to the Certification program.
The film industry in Georgia is booming! The state is currently ranked third in the nation and seventh in the World for number of productions (behind only Hollywood and New York). The projected industry growth over the next three to five years will generate 3,000 to 5,000 new jobs, and the average earnings for jobs on set are $84,00.00 a year.
Getting into the film industry is not easy, and on-set film workers are needed in Georgia. On-set film workers need a very specific set of skills working with industry-standard equipment and some experience on professional productions to be considered for employment. The Associate of Arts in Film Production is designed to meet this need and prepare film professionals that are work ready for the set.
Upon completion you will be fully trained and ready to work on a set in an entry-level position. In addition you will obtain a GFA Certification that will further prepare for you for jobs in the following areas:
Graduates will have access to our Office of Career Services, as well as staff at the GFA, who will assist you in finding available job opportunities.
The Georgia Film Academy Certification signals to those hiring for the film industry that you have received the educational and hands-on training needed and possess the basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures.
To receive the Certification, students must complete 18 credit hours. All GFA classes are 6 credit hours (GFA1, Electric and Lighting, Set Construction and GFA2). Please note that continuing education courses do not count as college credit and are not eligible for most form of state and federal financial aid.
Georgia Film Academy I
The first course will teach you everything you need to understand about the rules of working on a set, such as: Film production, organizational structure, job descriptions and duties in various film craft areas, names uses and protocols related to various pieces of professional on-set film equipment.
Georgia Film Academy II
The second course will teach you to work on the set of an independent production, including: Participating as crew in hands on positions on professional films, reporting to experienced professionals in key positions on set, as well as the job responsibilities, and how to carry those out, at an entry level of a variety of positions.
Students will study at our 10,000 square-foot film production studio in Jonesboro, GA or in the Pinewood Production Center in Fayetteville, GA. Select classes are offered in an online format. Students will also have the opportunity to work on an actual production set at predetermined site locations.
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The GFA believes this certification is critical to the future of Georgia’s economic development therefore we are subsidizing the cost, and reducing it by half that of an average college course. The "Additional 6-hour Course" could be Electric and Lighting, Set Construction or Georgia Film Academy II (the "on-set experience").
Clayton State also offers an A.A. in Film Production that includes GFA Certification. This two-year, 60-credit program is for those interested in pursuing a career in the film industry, and for those already working in the industry that are seeking an opportunity to earn both a college degree and GFA Certification. Learn more about this option.
Contact us for assistance in deciding which option is best for you.
The Georgia Film Academy is a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia. Special partnerships include Pinewood Studios located in Fayetteville, Georgia.