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GFA COURSES:  Spring 2021:  January 11 – May 4, 2021

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 policy for all students.

Once you register, there is no full refund. Between the time of your registration and 3 weeks prior to the start of class, you will receive an 85% refund of your tuition.  Between 3 weeks and one week prior to the start of class, you will receive a 35% refund.  Two days or less prior to the start of class, you will receive no refund.  We will, however, roll your registration over to another class, before the start of either class, without penalty. 

Please note our withdrawal policy for all students.
Should you decide to withdraw after the start date of the class, there will be no refund.  Excessive absences do not automatically trigger a withdrawal.  Please notify us of your decision:  the day we receive your notice is your withdrawal date.  We can record your grade as a withdrawal, but again there will be no refund. 

If you are planning to fund your GFA1000 registration through WIOA/WIA, start now by contacting your county WorkSource office! They must determine your eligibility up front. It is a process that will take time. FDMC will work closely with your assigned career advisor, but WorkSource must assign you an advisor first. Click the link below for county offices.

https://atlantaregional.org/workforce-economy/services-for-job-seekers/career-resource-centers/  Contact tsteppe@clayton.edu as soon as you are approved. 


RESERVATION LIST FOR FALL GFA1000 OPENS November 2nd, 2020.

The Film and Digital Media Center will open its Spring Reservation Lists at 8 AM November 2, 2020, for GFA1000.  We will have 2 sections:  M/W evening from 6-9pm and Friday from 9am-3pm.  Should you be willing to take either section, please reserve both.  We will keep all names on file and fill them if we receive extra seats.  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 November 3, 2020.  You will have 36 hours to respond.  Please be aware that your tuition ($750) and any fees are due at the time of registration. Please read the above policy notices and advice carefully.  Your registration will constitute your agreement with those policies. GFA will notify you in advance of your actual course dates.

Please click on the provided reservation link below starting 8AM November 2, 2020. Please do not call and do not email your request. THE LINK FOR RESERVING YOUR SEAT FOR  SPRING GFA1000 WILL NOT WORK UNTIL November 2 at 8AM!

IMPORTANT:  For safe and successful delivery of ALL face-to-face instruction, classes will be divided into smaller groups with social distancing that will follow GFA’s COVID compliance protocols, including requiring masks for all instructors, students and staff. You will report to your scheduled location on a rotating basis for their weekly hands-on, face-to-face instruction. Instructors will communicate to their class(es) the dates each group will participate in the in-person learning. You will also receive a follow up email at least one week prior to the start of the semester with first-day instructions, including the COVID compliance plan and how to access the online course shell for the virtual instruction. 

NOTE: Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation is fluid. We are closely following the guidelines from the USG, TCSG and Georgia Department of Public Health. It is possible these outlined course delivery plans could change based on directives from these entities at a future date.

Should you need other accommodations please contact FDMC (678.466.5085)

 

GFA Course 1000 – Introduction to On-Set Film Production  6 credits

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.

SPRING SECTIONS AVAILABLE: 

Reservation Lists Open November 2, 2020.  Reservations are free.

 

GFA1000A  Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 11 – May 4, 2021;  Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm  $750

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=213FILM1050A

Link will not be live until November 2, 2020 at 8am.  Tuition due at time of actual enrollment.

 

GFA1000B  Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 15-May 4;  Friday 9am-3pm  $750

https://aceware.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=213FILM1050B

Link will not be live until November 2, 2020 at 8am. Tuition due at time of actual enrollment

The reservation lists will remain open until all seats are filled.


AVAILABLE CRAFT COURSES: SPRING 2021

To all students who have successfully completed GFA1000,

Congratulations!  You are eligible to register for a spring craft course.  Craft course  registration for spring 2021 will also open November 2, 2020, 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 November 2 at 8am.  And again, tuition is due at the time of registration. GFA will notify you of your actual course dates.

PLEASE NOTE:

The editing and accounting courses are computer skills dependent. Access to a personal computer is required; your phone will not do.  The 100-level AVID courses (2040 and 3140) have an added materials fee of $100.   The upper level course in AVID/MC editing (4040) does not have a fee, but does require Avid/MC 100 (2040) as a prerequisite.

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 Zoom calls
  • The latest version of QuickTime player should be installed

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 Nobel).

 

GFA2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting:  6 credits,  $750

Southern Crescent Technical College, Film Technology Building

687 North Expressway; Griffin, GA  30223

January 13- May 4; Wednesdays, 9am-3pm

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 (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

 January 12-May 4; Tuesdays, 9am-3pm

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 (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 11-May 4; Mondays, 9am-3pm

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.

 

GFA2040 Fundamentals of Editing with Avid/Media Composer 100: 6 credits,   $850

Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

Section 2:  January 13-May 4; Wednesdays 9am-3pm

Section 3:  January 14-May 4; Thursdays 9am-3pm

Section 4:  January 15-May 4; Fridays 9am-3pm

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 Texts and Materials: All required texts are provided by GFA.  However, students must bring over-the-ear headphones (no earbuds). 

 

GFA2050 Introduction to Special Makeup Effects: 6 credits,  $750

Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 16-May 4; Saturdays 10am-4pm

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 (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 16-May 4; Saturdays 10am-4pm

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.

This course is intended for students with little to no experience in television and film production who wish to understand the larger importance of how the Production Office and Production Accounting departments affect production with effective communication, organization and problem-solving skills.  However, strong computer skills are recommended. 

 

GFA3140 Introduction to Sound Design with AVID/ProTools 100: 6 credits,  $850

Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 11-May 4; Mondays 9am-3pm

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 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: All required texts are provided by GFA.  However, students must bring over-the-ear headphones (no earbuds). 

 

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

Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Production Center);

461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville

January 13-May 4; Wednesdays 4-10pm

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.

Prerequisites: successful completion of GFA2040.   Required Texts and Materials: All required texts are supplied by GFA.  Students must bring a terra-byte external Hard Drive Thunderbolt 2 and over ear headphones (no earbuds).

 

GFA2000 Film & Television Production Internship: 6 credits,  $750

 By Application Only.

For applications contact: carla.frazierbah@usg.edu

For information contact Kate McArdle: kate.mcardle@usg.edu

Upon successful completion of GFA Course 1000 and one craft course, the GFA Film & Television Production 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. The course is designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standards, organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures by giving students hands-on experience on the sets and offices of working film productions and businesses. Students will also 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 will be conducted under the auspices of a professional production entity, production company studio or film business. All aspects of on-set and production office 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 course will feature a more in-depth analysis of the various production crafts, the bulk of the course will focus on professional-level projects, on which students will have active roles in on-set and production office crafts. The Internship is a competitive program dictated by the number of available on-set internship opportunities, course grades, and instructor recommendations. Internships are NOT guaranteed to any student.

GFA 3500 exposes students to the many career paths within the Esports industry while also providing the basic skills and insights to support an Esports tournament. Offered in collaboration with Skillshot Media, GFA 3500 provides students with theoretical and hands-on experience in game publishing, tournament and league operation, live production, event management, broadcast distribution, on-air talent casting, team organization, sponsorship and marketing, community and social management. Students also practice the basic terminology and the networking and self-marketing skills necessary to the game development and Esports industry.

GFA 3500 is currently offered via the hybrid model, which will provide students with the ability to come to an industry hub to receive hands-on Esports instruction, while completing lectures, discussions, tests, and assignments virtually. Students are expected to meet synchronously on Thursdays 10:00-4:00 for lectures and practical demonstrations. Three times during the semester, students will meet in person at Esports industry hubs in Downtown Atlanta and Grant Park/Krog Street areas. Further specialty courses are in development, with an expected launch in summer and fall 2021 semesters, which will round out the 18-credit hour GFA Esports certification.

*GFA 3500 does not replace GFA 1000 for those students pursuing certification in production and/or post production. It is currently only offered as a stand-alone course.

Georgia’s Esports Industry Information:

https://www.georgia.org/esports