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GPTC Launches New Media Academic Program
Design Media Production Technology Caters to Growing Media Industry

DeKalb County - August 23, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) announces the launch of an innovative program that will train students in the growing field of 3-D animation, Graphic Design, Web Interface, Motion Graphics, TV Production and Digital Music Production.

With Georgia being among the top five states in the nation for film and television production, graduates from this program will be qualified to work in this growing media industry. This program emphasizes hands on production in specialized areas of new and emerging media. Students will learn how to animate objects using specialized computer software, design graphics for web-based programs, proper techniques for videography, editing, lighting and camera work. "Georgia Piedmont Technical College continues to be on the cutting edge of academic programs that meet the workforce needs of our region," said Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

View the program outline for more information.

The College's Board of Directors approved offering the Design Media Production Technology (DMPT) program in April. The following month it was approved by the Technical College System of Georgia's Board of Directors. The first four specializations of Motion Graphics, Web Interface Design, Computer Animation and Graphic Design and Prepress will be offered beginning with Fall Term 2013. In the months that follow TV Production and Digital Music Production will be added to the curriculum.

"With numerous production facilities either coming to Georgia, or expanding their current operations, Georgia Piedmont is poised to train qualified workers to fill the jobs being created by this ever-expanding, evolving industry," said Cory Thompson, Director of Program Development at GPTC. The college is installing a fully functional TV studio and control room, as well as creating a Mac-Lab for the graphics aspect of this program. This is an exciting and creative industry, and GPTC anticipates high enrollment and high job placement for graduates of the DMPT program.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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