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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 Summer GFA1000 opens April 1st, 2020

The Film and Digital Media Center will open its Reservation List at 8 AM April 1st, 2020, for GFA1000.  Each reservation will be time stamped.  We will contact you, in the order in which your reservation was placed, and offer you a Registration Link starting April 2nd, 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 statements and advice carefully.  Your registration will constitute your agreement with those policies. 

Please click on the provided reservation links below starting 8AM April 1st, 2020. Please do not call and do not email. THE LINK FOR RESERVING YOUR SEAT FOR GFA1000 WILL NOT WORK UNTIL April 1st at 8AM!

GFA Course 1000 – Introduction to On-Set Film Production  6 credits This course is the first of an 18-credit hour certification program which provides an introduction to 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 hand-outs, 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.

Summer Sections Available: GFA1000A:  Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 26-July 21, 2020; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-3pm https://ace3.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=204FILM1050A

GFA1000B: Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 26-July 21,2020; Tuesday and Thursday 4pm-10pm https://ace3.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=204FILM1050B

Reservation lists will stay open until all seats are filled.

Available Craft Courses: Summer 2020

To all students who have successfully completed GFA1000,             Congratulations!  You are eligible to register for a craft course.  Craft course registration will also open April 1st, 2020, at 8am.  Please send your request to tsteppe@clayton.edu. Please include your 1st and 2nd choices.  Although FDMC will try to accommodate those who wish for 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 1 at 8am.  And again, tuition is due at the time of registration ($750 for most classes, see below). 

Please note: The editing and accounting courses are computer skills dependent. Access to a personal computer is helpful.  The 100-level AVID courses (2040 and 3140) have a materials fee of $100. The upper level course in AVID/MC editing (4040) does not, but does require Avid/MC 100 (2040) or Avid/ProTools 100 (3140) as a prerequisite.  Textbooks will be supplied by GFA.

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

 

GFA2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting 6 credits               Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 26-July 21, 2020; Tuesday and Thursday 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                       Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 27-July 22, 2020; Monday and Wednesday 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                  Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 25-July 22, 2020; Monday and Wednesday 4pm-10pm 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.

 

GFA2040A & B Post Production: Avid/Media Composer 100 Editing 6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Section A:  May 27-July22, 2020; Monday and Wednesday 9am-3pm             Section B:  May 26-July 21, 2020; Tuesday and Thursday 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 Effects6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 29-July 18, 2020; Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm 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                Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Not available summer 2020. 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.  Required Text: The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th edition; Eve Light Honthaner; Focal Press; ISBN 978-0-240-81150-5.

 

GFA3140 Post Production: AVID/ProTools 100 6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             May 27-July 22, 2020; Monday and Wednesday 4-10pm 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 AVID/Media Composer 200 6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Not available summer 2020. 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 GFA 2040 or 3140.   Required Texts and Materials:  All texts are provided by GFA.  Students must bring a terra-byte external Hard Drive Thunderbolt 2 and over-the-ear headphones (no earbuds).

 

GFA2000 Film & Television Production Internship  6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Course time and hours and start date and studio location:  TBD 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 anyone.

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. View the list of county offices Contact tsteppe@clayton.edu as soon as you are approved. 

Reservation list for Fall GFA100 Opens April 1, 2020

The Film and Digital Media Center will open its Reservation Lists at 8 AM April 1st, 2020, for FALL GFA1000.  Each reservation will be time stamped.  We will contact you, in the order in which your reservation was placed, and offer you a Registration Link starting April 2nd, 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 click on the provided reservation link below starting 8AM April 1st, 2020. Please do not call and do not email. THE LINKS FOR FALL GFA1000 WILL NOT WORK UNTIL April 1st at 8AM!

GFA Course 1000 – Introduction to On-Set Film Production  6 credits This course is the first of an 18-credit hour certification program which provides an introduction to 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 hand-outs, 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.

Fall Sections Available:  Reservation Lists GFA1000A  Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 17-December 2; Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm Apply for GFA1000A Class

GFA1000B  Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 18-December 8; Tuesday 4-10pm Apply for GFA1000B Class

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

Available Craft Courses: Fall 2020

To all students who have successfully completed GFA1000,             Congratulations!  You are eligible to register for a craft course.  Craft course registration will also open April 1st, 2020, at 8am.  Please send your request to tsteppe@clayton.edu. Please include your 1st and 2nd choices.  Although FDMC will try to accommodate those who wish for 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 1 at 8am.  And again, tuition is due at the time of registration ($750 for most classes, see below). 

Please note: The editing and accounting courses are computer skills dependent. Access to a personal computer is helpful.  The 100-level AVID courses (2040 and 3140) have a materials fee of $100.   The upper level course in AVID/MC editing (4040) does not, but does require Avid/MC 100 (2040) or Avid/ProTools 100 (3140) as a prerequisite. 

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

 

GFA2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting  6 credits             Southern Crescent Technical College, Film Technology Building             August 21-December 4, 2020; Fridays 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             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 17-December 7, 2020; Mondays 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             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 18-December 8, 2020; Tuesdays 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 Post Production: Avid/Media Composer Editing 6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Section A:  August 19-December 2, 2020; Wednesdays 9am-3pm             Section B:  August 20-Decmeber 3, 2020; Thursdays 9am-3pm             Section C:  August 21- December 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             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 22-December 5, 2020; 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             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 22-December 5, 2020; 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 AVID/ProTools 100 6 credits             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             August 17-December 7, 2020; Mondays 4-10pm 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 AVID/Media Composer 200 6 credits Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville August 19-December 2, 2020; 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             Pinewood Production Center; 461 Sandy Creek Rd.; Fayetteville             Course time and hours and start date and location:  TBD 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 anyone.