Georgia Film Academy
Clayton State University Continuing Education is a member of the Georgia Film Consortium (GFC). The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) supports the GFC, which is a unique-in-the-nation, state-wide collaboration of institutions of the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia and Independent institutions who offer professional courses in film, television, digital entertainment, Esports and game development.
The Georgia Film Academy is a professional organization, a unit of the University System of Georgia, which is committed to leading and advancing the entertainment arts industry and its workforce in Georgia. The GFA promotes rigorous professional training, and supports opportunities for union-covered film and television production craft internships and placement in creative industries, apprenticeships and jobs in an effort to build a permanent and sustainable industry in the state. On behalf of the USG, TCSG, and their institutions, as well as private higher education institutions in Georgia who choose to use its resources, the GFA is dedicated to the development of both Georgia’s workforce and the industry which will utilize it.
As a student in the Clayton State University Continuing Education - Film and Digital Media Department you will:
- Learn from professionals in the Film, Television and Digital Entertainment industries
- Take classes at an industry hub facilitated with a package of professional-level equipment
- Participate in on-set, hands-on experience and simulated “real world” projects, coupled with in-classroom course work
- Work hands-on with professional production equipment (cameras, sound gear, lights, ) as well as production trucks and generators on studio soundstages
- Apply for an internship or apprenticeship on a major film production set, television studio, editing house or digital entertainment lab in order to develop recognized film credits, through partnerships with professional productions
- Receive one-on-one job counseling to include resume preparation, job research and job placement outreach from GFA
- Earn any of three Georgia Film Academy industry certifications, recognized by production companies, studios, networks, vendors, and other entertainment businesses which may employ Georgians:
- Film & Television Production Certification
- Film & Television Post-Production Certification
- Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development Certification For more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please visit: https://georgiafilmacademy.edu/
The GFC semester schedule follows the eCore Common Academic Calendar: https://ecore.usg.edu/about/academic-calendar/.
- For questions regarding non degree classes Continuing Education. Please contact Sr. Program Manager Angela Myers-Jenkins, at Film and Digital Media
- For questions regarding classes in degree programs, please contact: Please contact Jonathan Harris, Jonathan Harris, JonathanHarris2@clayton.edu
- For questions or more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please contact Academics Coordinator Emma Smith, email@example.com.
GFA Spring 2024 Courses: Registrations Open November 1, 2023 at 8:00am.
Three Paths to Your Future:
- Film and Television Production
- Film and Television Post-Production
- Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development
To reserve your seat in the introductory courses for the Production, Post-Production, and/or Esports pathways please submit your request to the below reservation links. These reservation links are dedicated to a particular subject and to particular days and times. Your reservation will be time stamped and you will be contacted in the order your reservation was received. We will send you a follow-up email to confirm and finalize enrollment. Please remember to include your phone number with your reservation.
GFA 1000: Introduction Film & TV Production
GFA 1000: Introduction to Film & Television Production provides students with a basic set of skills and insights sufficient to be integrated onto the sets of working film productions. This course is the prerequisite for ALL other GFA courses in the “Film & Television Production” Certification Pathway.
GFA 1000 Section 2; Mondays; January 8 - April 4, 2024: 4pm-10pm; at Trilith Studios
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GFA1000 Section ; Fridays; January 12- April 19, 2024 2023; 9-am-3pm; at Trilith Studios
GFA1040: Introduction to Film and TV Post-Production
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. This course is the prerequisite for ALL other GFA courses in the “Film & Television Post-Production” Certification Pathway.
GFA 1040 Section 3; Thursdays; January 10- April 10 2024 30, 2023; 9am-3pm at Trilith Studios
GFA1040 Section 4; Fridays; January 10, -April 24, 2024 21; 9am-3pm at Trilith Studios
GFA 1500: Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports, & Game Development
GFA 1500: Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development provides students with basic skills related to digital media, Esports, and game development, in addition to exposure to the numerous career paths and opportunities within these industries. The course is offered in collaboration with Skillshot Media. This course is the prerequisite for ALL other GFA courses in the “Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development” Certification Pathway.
GFA 1500 Section 1; Mondays; January 8, - April 22, 2024; 9am-3pm; at Skillshot Media
Craft Courses: All Pathways
For all students continuing with GFA craft courses, please email your requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your 1st and 2nd choices. Links to register are sent upon request.
Courses: All Pathways
For full classes, please fill out the GFA waitlist at the following link:
FILM AND TV PRODUCTION CRAFT COURSE
GFA 1000 is the prerequisite for ALL craft courses in the "Film and Television Production" Certificate Pathways.
GFA 2010: Set Construction and Scenic Painting—Wednesdays; January 10, -April 24, 2024; 9am-3pm; at Southern Crescent Technical College
GFA 2010: Set Construction & Scenic Painting provides students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to build a fully constructed and painted film set through the stages of conceptualization, execution and presentation for a professional art department in the film industry. Prerequisite: GFA 1000
GFA 2020: Lighting & Electric—Mondays; January 8, - April 22, 20243; 9am-3pm; at Trilith Studios
GFA 2020: Lighting & Electric equips students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and operations of set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. Prerequisite: GFA 1000
GFA 2030: Grip & Rigging—Wednesday-January 10- April 24, 2024: 9am-3pm; at Trilith Studios
GFA 2030: Grip & Rigging is an introduction to the practice of rigging and supporting grip equipment for lighting, cameras, vehicles and other physical/mechanical devices. This class is designed to move cameras from beyond sticks, and lights from beyond stands. Prerequisite: GFA 1000
GFA 2050: Special Makeup Effects—Not listed at this time
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.
GFA 2060: Production Accounting & Office Management—Mon. & Wed; January 8, - April 22, 2024; 6-9p- Online Only
GFA 2060: Production Accounting & Office Management provides students with a broad understanding of the processes, protocols, paperwork and computer programs utilized within the Production Accounting and Production Office departments in the film and television industry, focusing on the knowledge, practical skills and work routines required for entry-level jobs. Prerequisite: GFA 1000
GFA 4010: Production Design II—Not listed at this time.
GFA 4010: Production Design II equips students with advanced skills and knowledge of the creative, technical and logistical processes of the Art Department, focusing on the design and construction of sets, props and effects to professional standards. Students must successfully complete GFA 2010: Set Construction & Scenic Painting before they can take this course.
GFA 4100 Production Crew Practicum: Friday 9-3pm January 12-April 26: Trilith Studios
GFA Production Crew Practicum provides students with career development through experiential learning in film and television production by supporting graduate candidates as crew on their thesis films, for the duration of their film. The course is offered in cooperation with GFC graduate partner institutions. Practicum students will also research career paths and develop a portfolio of work. Prerequisite: GFA 1000 and at least one craft course in the production pathway.
Film & TV Post-Production Craft Courses
For the courses in the post-production pathway, we offer both in-person and online options. For students choosing to take courses online, You will need access to a computer that meets 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 video calls
· The latest version of QuickTime player should be installed
GFA 1040 is the prerequisite for ALL craft courses in the "Film and Television Post-Production" Certificate Pathway.
GFA 2040: Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100—Mondays; January 8, -April 22; 9am-3pm; at Trilith Studios
GFA 2040: Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100 provides students with a broad base of knowledge that will prepare them for entry-level positions within a post-production team. Topics include, but are not limited to, the equipment, techniques, terminology, communications, and processes used in the post-production department. During the course, students will have the opportunity to certify as an Avid Media Composer Certified Specialist. Prerequisite: GFA 1040
GFA 3140: Intro Sound Design/ProTools 100—Wednesdays; Not listed at this time
GFA 3140: Introduction to Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 100 is a skills-based course to learn the tools and techniques of post-production sound design for careers in sound editing. Students participate in creative, narrative sound design projects to demonstrate fundamentals of post-production sound design theory and practice. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an Avid Pro Tools Certified User.
GFA 4040: Advanced Avid Media Composer 200—Wednesdays; January 8, April 22, 2024; 9am-3pm; at Trilith Studios
GFA 4040: Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 is a skills-based course to further develop the tools and techniques of post-production for advanced careers in editing. Students participate in creative, narrative editing projects to demonstrate proficiency in post- production theory and practice. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an Avid Media Composer Certified Professional. Prerequisite: GFA 2040 or GFA 3040
GFA 4140 Advanced Sound Design/Avid Pro Tools 2000 Thursday, 9am-3pm: January 11-April 25 Trilith Studios
GFA 4140: 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. Prerequisite: GFA 2140 or GFA 3140
Esports Craft Course
GFA 1500 is the prerequisite for ALL craft courses in the "Digital Entertainment, Esport 7 game Development" Certification Pathway
GFA 3520: Digital Entertainment & Esports Creative Development—Not listed at this time
3510 Digital Entertainment & ESports Event Design Wednesday, January 8, - April 22, 2024; 3-9pm Skillshot Media
3510 Digital Entertainment & E Sport Design Digital Entertainment and Esports Event Design provides the specialized skills and insight needed for the creation of live digital entertainment and Esports events, including the necessary steps to propose, plan, produce, and market a professional event. Students will demonstrate learned skills through practical application exercises, culminating in a final class project. Prerequisite: GFA 1500
Entertainment & Esports Creative Development provides students with the knowledge and practical skills required of a professional live-casting and hosting talent, as well as the theoretical context for various performances. Students will study live-casting for Digital Entertainment and Esports of various genres, and hosting for interviews and analyst desks, while developing skills for career advancement in the field.
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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 visit the webpages at: https://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/current-employees/title-ix/ and http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C327
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If you wish to discuss situations related to Title IX, please contact: Nikia Yallah, Title IX Coordinator (678) 466-4237 NikiaYallah@clayton.edu or Rodney Byrd, Title IX Deputy (678) 466-4232 RodneyByrd@clayton.edu
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Introductory courses expected to remain the same; however, craft courses may vary.