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The Georgia Film Academy

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 Clayton State University's film production degree program, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • 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, etc.) 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 either of two 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

For more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please visit: https://www.georgiafilmacademy.edu/.

Course Offerings

  • GFA 1000, Intro Film & Television Production, CRNs 25182 and 25184
  • GFA 1040, Introduction to Film & Television Post-Production, CRNS 25179, 25180, and 25181
  • GFA 2000, Internship, CRN 25183
  • GFA 2020, Lighting and Electric, CRN 25185
  • GFA 2030, Grip and Rigging, CRN 25186
  • GFA 2040, Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100, CRNs 25202 and 25189
  • GFA 2050, Introduction to Special Makeup Effects, CRN 25187
  • GFA 2060, Production Accounting & Office Management, CRN 25188
  • GFA 3140, Introduction to Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 100, CRN 25192
  • GFA 4040, Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200, CRN 25195

For questions regarding classes at your institution and how they work within your degree programs, please contact: Jonathan Harris, Coordinator Film Production, jonathanharris2@clayton.edu, 678-466-4716.

For questions or more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please contact Academics Coordinator Emma Smith, emma.smith@usg.edu.

The GFA semester schedule follows the eCore Common Academic Calendar.

Student Resources

Film Production Degrees

Film Production of Antigone

For questions about the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) degree partnership, contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Phone: (678) 466-4716 | Email Jonathan Harris

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Continuing Education

Film and Digital Media students

For questions about the Georgia Film Academy as continuing education, please contact Film and Digital Media. Continuing education registration information is provided at least 2 months in advance of each session.

Phone: (678) 466-5085 | Email Film and Digital Media

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Georgia Film Academy

Georgia Film Academy Class

For questions or more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please contact Academics Coordinator Emma Smith.

Email Emma Smith