Georgia Film Academy

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Georgia Film Academy

Gwinnett Technical College is now one of three locations in the state that is partnering with the Georgia Film Academy to develop a skilled workforce for those wanting to be a part of the film industry. With the introduction of this 18-hour certificate program, students can develop a specific set of skills while training on industry-standard equipment and with industry professionals. Designed to prepare Georgians for on-set careers, the program can be completed in only two semesters.

Not only did the $6 billion film industry in Georgia produce more than 250 films and television shows in 2015, these sets were the location of hundreds of jobs behind the scenes. As the third largest production center in the nation, Georgia is home to a workforce with more than 100,000 people involved in this growing part of the economy.

Industry growth over the next three to five years is projected to generate 3,000 to 5,000 new jobs in Georgia, most of which are on the set. Average earnings for jobs in the entertainment industry nationally are $84,000 a year.

Earning this certificate signals to those hiring for the film industry that you have received the educational and hands-on training needed and possess the basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures.

Approval is pending from our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Applications will be accepted and admissions decisions rendered, pending approval of that body. This program has been approved by the Technical College System of Georgia.

The Georgia Film Academy is a statewide effort, unique in the nation. Here’s what makes this certificate program special. You’ll benefit by:

  • Multi-disciplinary training by professionals in the film and episodic TV industries.
  • In-classroom course work coupled with on-set, hands-on training.
  • Opportunity to work on “real world” projects in order to develop recognized film credits, through partnerships with professional productions.
  • Hands-on instruction and training with professional equipment (cameras, sound gear, lights and more) as well as production trucks, generators and sound studio space.
  • One-on-one job counseling, including resume preparation, job research and job placement outreach.
  • FILM 1100 – Introduction to On-Set Film Production – 6 credit hours

    With an emphasis on the film industry in Georgia, this introductory course offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills to work within the film industry. Topics include the phases of production, roles and responsibilities of a film crew, requirements in the production environment, entry-level skills for production crew members from lighting and sound to camera operation and cinematography. This is the first of two courses required for students to earn a technical certificate of credit in the Georgia Film Academy On-Set Production Assistant Program.

  • FILM 2100 – Practicum – 12 credit hours

    After completing the FILM 1100 class, students are eligible to enroll in the second part of the technical certificate of credit program FILM 2100. This course provides students an on-set experience to demonstrate techniques learned in the initial Georgia Film Academy course with an emphasis on practicing production assistant skills in a hands-on situation under the supervision of a film industry professional.

Completing this certificate program prepares you for entry-level production positions both on-set and in production offices. Some examples are:

  • Set Production Assistant (PA)
  • Art: set dressers, props
  • Hair/Make-up/Wardrobe procedures
  • Sound: mixer, boom operator, utility
  • Camera: operator, camera assistants (1st and 2nd)
  • Electric: on-set lamp operators
  • Grip: on-set, dolly grip
  • Locations: managing
  • Craft Services
  • Script Supervision procedures
  • Video Assistant
  • Office PA
  • When will the program be available?

    Approval is pending from our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Applications will be accepted and admissions decisions rendered, pending approval of that body. This program has been approved by the Technical College System of Georgia.

  • I am a current Gwinnett Technical College Student. Can I enroll in these courses without filling out a new application for admission?

    No, it isn’t necessary to fill out a new application. Contact us for more information.

  • I was enrolled at Gwinnett Tech before, but it was over two semesters ago. Do I need to fill out a new application for admission?

    There’s a special application for students who were previously enrolled, but have been out of school for at least two semesters. Contact us for more information.  

  • How do I apply and enroll in the program as a new student?

    We’d love to have you as a student in the Georgia Film Academy certificate program at Gwinnett Tech. Contact us for more information.  

  • What does the program cost?

    Tuition at Gwinnett Tech is $89 per credit hour plus college fees of $326 per term. The total number of credits required for this program is pending approval.

  • Is financial aid available? How do I apply?

    This program is eligible for state aid, including HOPE.