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GFA COURSES:  Summer 2022:  May 23-July 20, 2022

As a division of Continuing and Professional Education, FDMC policies differ from those of the degree-granting partners of the University System of Georgia.  Please read these notices carefully; they cover beginning as well as returning GFA students.

Please note our refund/withdrawal policy for all students.

All refund/withdrawal requests must be provided in writing to tsteppe@clayton.edu

Failure to attend a course DOES NOT constitute a formal withdrawal and will not result in a refund.  Refund eligibility is determined by the date of the refund request relative to the start date of the course/certificate program:

  1. Cancellation requests received more than 8 days prior to course state date

            qualify for a 100% refund. 

  1. Cancellation requests received between 4 and 7 days of the course start date

            qualify for a 75% refund.

  1. Cancellation requests received 3 days or less before the course’s start date

            receive No Refund.

  1. A $35 fee will be assessed for returned checks and stop payments.

Please allow up ten (10) business days for cash refunds to be processed. Credit card payment refunds will be processed within three (3) business days and credited to the card used for payment. Payments made by check will be refunded within thirty (30) business days. Refunds will only be issued to the payer and a receipt will be emailed to the email address on file when the refund is processed.  For questions about all refunds, transfers, withdrawals, and cancellations, please contact the CaPE office at 678-466-5118.

WIOA Funding:

FDMC no longer accepts WorkSource vouchers for GFA courses.

TITLE IX:  Sexual harassment and/or discrimination

Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” For information on Clayton State University’s policy on Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, please navigate this link: Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy and Procedures or visit the webpage at: https://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/current-employees/title-ix/.

            You may also review the University System of Georgia’s policy concerning sexual misconduct and related misconduct here: http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C327  If you wish to submit an electronic report concerning Title IX, you may do so at Title9@clayton.edu or via the Anonymous & Optional Non-Anonymous Reporting Form found online at:  https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebRSQ0hxLtiwDJP .

If you wish to discuss situations related to Title IX, please contact:

Nikia Yallah, Title IX Coordinator (678) 466-4237 NikiaYallah@clayton.edu

Rodney Byrd, Title IX Deputy (678) 466-4232 RodneyByrd@clayton.edu

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Should you need other accommodations or have other requests, please contact FDMC (678-466-5094) or tsteppe@clayton.edu

GFA COURSES:  Fall 2022:  August 15-December 6, 2022

As a division of Continuing and Professional Education, FDMC policies differ from those of the degree-granting partners of the University System of Georgia.  Please read these notices carefully; they cover beginning as well as returning GFA students.

 

Please note our refund/withdrawal policy for all students.

All refund/withdrawal requests must be provided in writing to tsteppe@clayton.edu

Failure to attend a course DOES NOT constitute a formal withdrawal and will not result in a refund.  Refund eligibility is determined by the date of the refund request relative to the start date of the course/certificate program:

  1. Cancellation requests received more than 8 days prior to course state date

            qualify for a 100% refund. 

  1. Cancellation requests received between 4 and 7 days of the course start date

            qualify for a 75% refund.

  1. Cancellation requests received 3 days or less before the course’s start date

            receive No Refund.

  1. A $35 fee will be assessed for returned checks and stop payments.

Please allow up ten (10) business days for cash refunds to be processed. Credit card payment refunds will be processed within three (3) business days and credited to the card used for payment. Payments made by check will be refunded within thirty (30) business days. Refunds will only be issued to the payer and a receipt will be emailed to the email address on file when the refund is processed.  For questions about all refunds, transfers, withdrawals, and cancellations, please contact the CaPE office at 678-466-5118.

WIOA Funding:

FDMC no longer accepts WorkSource vouchers for GFA courses.

 

TITLE IX:  Sexual harassment and/or discrimination

Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” For information on Clayton State University’s policy on Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, please navigate this link: Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy and Procedures or visit the webpage at: https://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/current-employees/title-ix/.

            You may also review the University System of Georgia’s policy concerning sexual misconduct and related misconduct here: http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C327. If you wish to submit an electronic report concerning Title IX, you may do so at Title9@clayton.edu or via the Anonymous & Optional Non-Anonymous Reporting Form found online at:  https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebRSQ0hxLtiwDJP .

            If you wish to discuss situations related to Title IX, please contact:

Nikia Yallah, Title IX Coordinator (678) 466-4237 Nikia.Yallah@clayton.edu

Rodney Byrd, Title IX Deputy (678) 466-4232    RodneyByrd@clayton.edu

Link to training: https://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/current-employees/title-ix/policies-procedures-reports-etc

Should you need other accommodations or have other requests, please contact FDMC (678.466.5094) or tsteppe@clayton.edu

 

RESERVATION LISTS FOR Fall 2022 GFA Classes Opens April 1, 8AM.

The Film and Digital Media Center will open its Fall 2022 Reservation Lists at 8 AM, April 1st, 2022, for Introductory GFA courses.  The Film and Digital Media Center will begin taking craft course reservations 8AM, April 1st, 2022, for students continuing toward GFA certification.  We will not take registration requests before that time.  See listing of available introductory and craft courses below.

 

We will have 2 sections of GFA1000 (Onset Production):

            Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm; and Fridays, 9am-3pm. 

 

We will have 2 sections of GFA1040 (Post-Production)

            Thursdays 9am-3pm and Fridays 9am-3pm.

 

We will have 2 sections of GFA1500 (Esports)

            Mondays 9am-3pm and Tuesdays 9am-3pm

We will keep all names on file and fulfill reservations as we receive them.  If we receive extra seats, we will fill those in order received as well.  Each reservation will be time stamped.  We will contact you in the order in which your reservation was placed and will offer you a Registration Link starting April 3, 2022.  You will have 36 hours to respond.  Please be aware that your tuition ($750) and any other fees are due at the time of registration. Please read the above refund policy notice carefully.  Your registration will constitute your agreement with this policy. GFA will notify you in advance with your course syllabus.  You should print your CSU payment receipt at the time of registration for your records.  This receipt may prove useful for tax reporting.  CaPE does not issue a 1098-T student tuition tax form. 

Please click on the provided reservation links below starting 8AM, April 1st, 2022. Please do not call and do not email your request. THE LINKS FOR RESERVING YOUR SEAT FOR  ALL FALL GFA INTRODUCTORY COURSES WILL NOT WORK UNTIL April 1st at 8AM!

 

PRODUCTION PATHWAY RESERVATIONS (2)

GFA 1000A Reservation List for Tuesday/Thursday, 6-9pm, August 16-December 6

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1050C

 

GFA 1000B Reservation List for Friday, 9am-3pm, August 19-December 2

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1050D

 

GFA 1000 – Introduction to Film & TV Production  6 credits  $750

This course is the first of an 18-credit hour certification program that introduces the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures. In addition to the use of topical lectures, PowerPoint presentations, videos and handouts, the course includes demonstrations of equipment and set operations as well as hands-on learning experiences. Students will learn: 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. Students will also learn, through lecture and exercises, how the various film crafts relate to one-another on a working set, as well as how and why they all must operate in sync. In addition, students will learn skills related to networking and self-marketing.  

            GFA1000: Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

                        GFA1000A:  Tuesday/Thursday, 6-9pm, August 16-December 6

                        GFA1000B:  Fridays, 9am-3pm, August 19-December 2

 

POST-PRODUCTION PATHWAY RESERVATIONS (2)

 

GFA 1040A Reservation List for Thursdays, 9am-3pm, August 18-December 1

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1060C

 

GFA 1040B Reservation List for Fridays, 9am-3pm, August 19-December 2

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1060D

 

GFA 1040—Introduction to Film & TV Post-Production 6 credits $750

GFA 1040:  Introduction to Post-Production trains students in the essential system operations and technical functions of non-linear editing platforms used in professional film and television post-production.  Students perform practical exercises in alignment with fundamental skills for developing careers in professional post-production. Such skills include film management, footage logs, timecodes, proxies, edit decision lists, synchronization, transitions, simple effects, basic audio mixing, and file exports.  Additionally, students will explore the terminology, department hierarchy, history and theory of editing and sound design through concepts such as continuity style, montage, juxtapositions of images, development of sound design, and linear and flat-bed editing.  Students will develop an understanding of current post-production industry standards and workflow practices. 

            GFA1040  Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

                        GFA1040A:  Thursdays, 9am-3pm, August 18-December 1

                        GFA1040B:  Fridays, 9am-3pm, August 19-December 2 

 

DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT, ESPORTS, & GAME DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY RESERVATIONS (2)

GFA1500 Reservation List for Mondays, 9am-3pm, August 15-December 5

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1070B

GFA1500 Reservation List for Tuesdays, 9-3pm, August 16-December 6

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=224FILM1070C

 

GFA 1500A-Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports, & Game Development 6 credits $750

Students will become oriented with the esports ecosystem and job families, including game publishing, tournament and league operations, live production and event management, broadcast distribution, on-air talent recruitment, team organization, sponsorship and marketing, community and social management.  In addition, students will learn the basic esports terminology and skills related to the networking and self-marketing used within the game-development and esports industry.  A team project allows students to design and execute their own esports online tournament event incorporating lessons learned during the course. 

 

            GFA1500:  Skillshot Media; 2470 Lindbergh Lane NE; Atlanta, GA; 30324

                        GFA1500A:  Mondays, 9am-3pm, August 15-December 5

                        GFA1500B:  Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, August 16-December 6

 

AVAILABLE CRAFT COURSES: Fall 2022

To all students who have successfully completed GFA1000,

            Congratulations!  You are eligible to register for a fall craft course.  Craft course registration for fall 2022 will also open April 1st, 2022, at 8am.  Please send your emailed request to

tsteppe@clayton.edu.  Please include your 1st and 2nd choices.  Although FDMC will try to accommodate those who wish additional craft courses, please be aware that we need to place everyone in one course first.  Should we have extra seats, we will be happy to register you in a 2nd or even 3rd course.  FDMC will send a specific link to register once your request is received.  We send links on a first-come-first-served basis.  We will not respond to emails sent before April 1st at 8am.  And again, tuition is due at the time of registration.

 

Dedicated Craft Courses for Film and Television Production Pathway

GFA2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting  6 credits  $750

            Southern Crescent Technical College, Film Technology Building

            687 North Expressway; Griffin, GA  30223

                        Wednesday, 9am-3pm, August 17-November 30

This course is designed to equip students with entry-level skills and knowledge of set construction for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including reading blueprints, set safety, use of power tools, carpentry, scenic paint and sculpting. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set.

 

GFA2020 Lighting & Electric  6 credits  $750

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Mondays, 9am-3pm, August 15-December 5

This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including power distribution, set protocol and etiquette, properly setting lamps, department lingo, how to light a set to feature film standards, motion picture photography, etc. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set.

 

GFA2030 Grip & Rigging  6 credits  $750

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, August 16-December 6

Grip & Rigging is an introduction and orientation to the practice of rigging and supporting grip equipment, cameras, vehicles and other physical/mechanical devices. In addition to a gaining a thorough knowledge of the equipment used in grip and rigging, students will engage in on-set exercises in inventory, maintenance, set-up, trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol and safety.

 

GFA2050 Introduction to Special Makeup Effects  6 credits  $750

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Saturdays,10am-4pm, August 20-December 3

This course is designed to educate students with entry-level skills and knowledge in practical Special Effects (SFX) Makeup for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including fabrication, material safety, using casting materials, professional make-up, sculpting, airbrushing, and design.

 

GFA2060 Production Accounting and Office Management  6 credits  $750

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Saturdays, 10am-4pm, August 20-December 3

This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of work in and surrounding the Production Accounting and Production Office departments. Students will learn the fundamentals for working within and succeeding through the Production Office or Accounting Department in the film and television industry. In this course, students will be able to identify the key players in each department and define their responsibilities. The Production Office component of this course will focus on the relationship between the Production Office and the overall production and the importance of the communication hub that exists between the Office, Set and Post. The Accounting component of this course will focus on the accounting guidelines and reporting practices that are used to track and manage the finances of a production.

Practical elements will be created through the use of actual production software and scenario simulations.

The Production Management and Accounting course (2060) requires a text book: The Complete Production Handbook by Eve Light Honthaner (available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble).

 

GFA4020 Motion Picture Set Lighting II 6 credits  $750

Prerequisite:  successful completion of GFA 2020

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Thursdays, 9am-3pm, August 18-December 1

Motion Picture Set Lighting II equips students with the advanced skills and knowledge of set

lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set for development of long-term careers.  This course will focus on the design, planning and practical execution of lighting scenarios to a professional standard for sets and locations.  Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including lighting plots, location scouting, various stage and location sets, managing a crew, achieving proper exposure for camera settings, and aesthetic stylization. Specific focus is given to design and execution of lighting in common production scenarios. An emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, participation in exercises, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set.

Recommended textbook: Cinematography - Theory and Practice - Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors; Blain Brown, Third Edition; ISBN-13: 978-1138940925

Recommended Additional Materials:

voltage meter, voltage tester, ground tester, amprobe

cut-off pliers, screwdriver set, allen wrench set, crescent wrench, tool pouch/belt

 

Dedicated Craft Courses for the Post-Production Pathway

PLEASE NOTE: Your personal computer must meet the following minimum technical requirements:

2.3 GHz processor

8 GB of Memory (RAM)

256 GB of storage

At least 25 MBPS Internet service

Graphics Card with ability to view 1280 X 720 resolution

Webcam and microphone for Zoom calls

The latest version of QuickTime player should be installed

 

GFA2040 Fundamentals of Editing with Avid/Media Composer 100 6 credits   $750

            Trilith Studios;461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

                        2040A:  Tuesdays, 4pm-10pm, August 16-December 6, ONLINE only

                        2040B:  Wednesdays, 9am-3pm, August 17-November 30, ONSITE

Prerequisite:  successful completion of GFA1040.    

This course is designed to certify students with Avid Media Composer User Certification. This certification is recognized worldwide as the industry standard for assistant editors in feature films and broadcast television. This course will equip students with a unique skillset and knowledge of industry standard digital imaging, editorial process and story forging on both motion picture and episodic nonlinear productions. At the end of the course the students will be qualified to advance a career in entertainment post production of film and television. Strong computer skills are highly recommended.  Please note:  there is a $100 materials fee that will be added to your registration. 

Required Materials: Students must bring over-the-ear headphones, no earbuds. 

 

GFA3140 Introduction to Sound Design with AVID/ProTools 100  6 credits  $750

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Wednesdays, 9am-3pm, August 17-November 30

Prerequisitesuccessful completion of GFA1040.   

This course is designed to certify and equip students with a unique skillset and knowledge of the Digital Audio editorial process in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the entertainment post- production industry. Students will have the opportunity to certify as an “Avid Technology ProTools User.” More specifically, students learn and certify in industry best practices for the digital audio process within an industry standard sound department. A large emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of industry standard digital audio tools; including attitude, professionalism and technique in and out of the room. Students are given in-class attendance/participation assignments that cannot be made up if absent.  Required Texts and Materials:  Students must bring over-the-ear headphones, no earbuds.

 

GFA4040 Advanced Editing with AVID/Media Composer 200 6 credits  $750 

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Mondays, 9am-3pm, August 15-December 5

Prerequisite:  successful completion of GFA 2040    

Students who successfully complete this course and pass the embedded AVID Media Composer Professional Editing 1 (MC 20)1 and Media Composer Professional Editing II (MC 210) exams will earn the industry post production credential of Avid Certified Professional in Media Composer.  With the step-by-step guidance from an Avid Certified Professional Instructor in this course, students will learn the skills needed to optimize editing workflows, streamline and ingest process and manage media. Students will learn advanced picture editing techniques, how to quickly prepare for multi-cam editing and how to work with graphics and mattes. This course also covers compositing with the 3D Warp effect, color correction and an in-depth look at some of the wide range of audio tools and effects included in Media Composer.  Focusing on real world workflows, Media Composer Professional Editing takes students to a new and higher level of editing, providing an in-depth knowledge to distinguish as industry recognized, true editing professional.  

Required Materials:  Students must bring over ear headphones, no ear buds.

 

GFA4140 Advanced Sound Design with AVID/ProTools 200 6 credits  $750 

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

            Thursdays, 9am-3pm, August 18-December 1

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of GFA3140

Advanced Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 200 is a skills-based course to further develop the tools and techniques of post-production sound design for advanced careers in sound editing. Students participate in creative, narrative sound design projects to demonstrate proficiency in post-production sound design theory and practice. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an advanced Avid Pro Tools Certified Professional.

Required Texts and Materials: Students must bring over-ear headphones, no ear buds.            

 

Dedicated Craft Courses for the Digital Entertainment, Esports, & Game Development Pathway

GFA3520: Digital Entertainment & Esports Creative Development 6 Credits $750

Skillshot Media; 2470 Lindbergh Lane NE; Atlanta, GA; 30324

Wednesdays, 3pm-9pm, August 17-November 30

GFA 3520: Digital Entertainment & Esports Creative Development examines the process and techniques of professional hosting and live-casting for Digital Entertainment and Esports.  Students will develop techniques for on-camera and public speaking scenarios by creating content specific to the industry.  Topics will include play-by-play casting, analyst desk hosting, breath and tone control, pickups and drops, and interviewing. Additionally, students will explore the self-analysis process.  Within the context of performance and broadcast theory, students will apply the appropriate style and tone for various genres of Digital Entertainment and Esports casting as they create an industry-standard demo reel.

 

Craft Course Available to All Pathways

GFA2000 Film & Television Production & Digital Entertainment Internship  6 credits  $750

By Application Only; please contact GFA directly for an application.

For applications contact: Cassandra.Hollis@usg.edu or Emma.Smith@usg.edu

For general information contact Kate McArdle:  Kate.McArdle@usg.edu

            Trilith Studios; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville                      

            August 16-December 6, Specific Dates and Times TBD                                   

Upon successful completion of GFA Course 1000 or 1040  or 1500 and one craft course, the GFA Internship course is a 6-hour invitation only option as part of the 18 credit hours needed for the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) Certification Program. Students will have an opportunity to network and to build resumes in order to help market themselves with the intention of integrating into the film industry as entry-level workers.

            All productions and events will be conducted under the auspices of a professional production/post-production/digital entertainment entity.  All aspects of on-set/post-production/digital entertainment activities will be conducted at a level of professional standards common to the film industry. Particular emphasis will be placed on safety and the recognition and application of industry-standard safety practices.

            While some of the GFA Internship courses will feature a more in-depth analysis of the various production/post-production/digital entertainment needs, the bulk of the internship will focus on professional-level projects on which students will have active roles in on-set/post-production/digital entertainment.

The Internship is a competitive program dictated by the number of available internship opportunities, course grades, and instructor recommendations. Internships are NOT guaranteed to any student.

GFA:  New Courses = New Pathways to Certification beginning Fall 2021

GFA Film and Television Production Certification

GFA Film and Television Post-Production Certification

GFA Digital Entertainment, Esports, & Game Development Certification 

Each certification requires its own introductory course, plus 2 authorized craft courses.    The courses are not transferable among the pathways.  What does this means for you?  Please decide, from the start, which pathway you wish to follow.  Always, you may change your mind.  However, you will have to complete the required introductory class for your new path.  Please refer to the chart below. This information is for continuing education students only.   

 

 

Production Certification

Post-Production Certification

Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development Certification

STEP ONE:

Required.

GFA 1000: Intro to Film & Television Production

GFA 1040:  Intro to Film & Television Post-Production

GFA 1500: Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development

(begins fall 2021)

 

STEP TWO:

Choose one.

 

 

 

 

GFA 2010:  Set Construction & Scenic Design 

GFA 2040:  Fundamentals of AVID Media Composer 100

GFA 2510:  Event Management for Digital Entertainment & Esports

(begins spring 2022)

GFA 2020:  Lighting & Electric

GFA 2140:  Fundaments of Sound Design, AVID ProTools 100

GFA 2520:  Hosting & Casting for Digital Entertainment & Esports

(begins spring 2022)

GFA 2030:  Grip & Rigging

 

 

GFA 2050: Intro to Special Makeup Effects

 

 

GFA 2060:  Intro to Production Accounting & Office Management

 

 

 

STEP THREE:

Choose one.

 

 

Any other GFA 2000 production course

Either AVID course above not taken.

Either Esports course above not taken.

GFA 4010:  Production Design 2

(preq:  GFA 2010)

GFA 4040: Advanced Editing with Media Composer 200

(preq: GFA 2040)

 

GFA 4020:  Motion Picture Set Lighting 2

(preq:  GFA 2020)

GFA 4140:  Advanced Sound Design with ProTools 200

(preq:  GFA 2140)

 

 

By Application Only

(Replaces Step Three Courses)

GFA 2000:  Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Internship

GFA 2000:  Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Internship

GFA 2000:  Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Internship