Associate of Arts in Film Production
Includes Georgia Film Academy Certification
In partnership with the Georgia Film Academy (GFA), Clayton State University is excited to offer the first Associate of Arts in Film Production that includes an 18-credit 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.
Film professionals are in demand
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 of the Associate of Arts in the Film Production, you will be fully trained and ready to work on a set in an entry-level position. Additionally, you will obtain a GFA Certification that will further prepare you for jobs in the following areas:
- Art: set dressers, props
- Camera: operator, camera assistants
- Craft services
- Electric: on-set lamp operators
- Grip: on-set, dolly grip
- Hair/make-up/wardrobe procedures
- Locations: managing
- Script supervision procedures
- Set or office production assistant
- Sound: mixer, boom operator, utility
Graduates will have access to our Office of Career Services, as well as staff at the GFA, who will with finding available job opportunities. Students may also continue their studies and pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Film Production at Clayton State.
Why GFA Certification?
The Georgia Film Academy Certification is offered to students enrolled in the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia. Earning the 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.
Courses are offered both in-class and online. Students will study on Clayton State’s main campus in Morrow, Georgia as well as our 10,000 square-foot film production studio in Jonesboro, 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.
GFA Certification (non-degree option)
Students who are not seeking a degree, but would like to be GFA Certified may pursue the 18-credit educational requirement through non-degree, continuing education credits. Upon completion, students will be eligible to become certified by the Georgia Film Academy. Ask your admissions advisor about whether the degree or non-degree option fits your professional and academic goals. Learn more about the non-degree option.
Admission to the program
The program admits students three times per year in August, January, and May. Whether you are going to college for the first time or transferring from another institution the first step is to apply.