About the Georgia Film Academy

The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) is a collaboration of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia created by state leadership to meet education and workforce needs for high demand careers in Georgia’s film and creative industries. The GFA higher education program offers rigorous professional training, and may lead to union-covered film and television production craft internships and placement in creative industries apprenticeships and jobs.

The GFA is a unique-in-the-nation, statewide effort which provides you with:
– Multi-disciplinary training by professionals in the film, TV and new media industries
– In-classroom course work coupled with on-set, hands-on training
– Hands-on instruction and training working with a package of professional equipment (cameras, sound gear, lights, etc.) as well as production trucks, generators and sound studio space
– Opportunity to work on “real world” projects in order to develop recognized film credits, through partnerships with professional productions
– One-on-one job counseling to include resume preparation, job research and job placement outreach

The GFA semester schedule follows the eCore Common Academic Calendar: https://ecore.usg.edu/about/academic-calendar/

Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers both credit and non-credit GFA course options.

Film 1100 / GFA 1000 (non-credit) Introduction to On-Set Film Production course

The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) non-credit certification program is comprised of 18 credit hours specifically designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge, and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures.

The first course, Film 1100 / GFA 1000 (non-credit) Introduction to On-Set Film Production, combines classroom instruction and hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment. The GFA also offers Specialty Craft Courses for advanced training in specialized crafts, like Special Makeup Effects, Production Accounting & Office Management, Set Construction & Scenic Painting, Post Production/AVID Editing, Lighting & Electric and Grip & Rigging.

Eligible students may apply for the competitive GFA Film & Television Production Internship course where they learn and hone their craft while working on the crew of a professional production.

Students in GPTC’s non-credit GFA courses may enter the program without applying through the formal college admissions process, which requires submission of transcripts and placement testing.

Film 1100 / GFA 1000 (non-credit) Spring 2021 Course Delivery, Locations and Registration

Classes for the Film 1100 / GFA 1000 (non-credit) Introduction to On-Set Film Production course are traditionally taught at OFS Studios, 6305 Crescent Drive, in Norcross.*

*COURSE DELIVERY and LOCATIONS – SPRING 2021: We will be delivering all Spring 2021 classes in a hybrid model. Students will have the ability to come to a GFA industry hub to receive hands-on instruction, while completing lectures, discussions, assignments and tests virtually via Desire 2 Learn (D2L). The classes will meet synchronously each week. For safe and successful delivery of face-to-face instruction, due to COVID-19, GFA classes will be divided into smaller groups, implementing social distancing, while following GFA’s safety and sanitation protocols. Masks will be required for all instructors, students and staff. Students will report to their scheduled location on a rotating basis for the hands-on, face-to-face 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.

For more information and to register, download and submit the Spring 2021 non-credit course information and registration form

On-Set Production Assistant Certificate (credit program) information

Students wishing to enter the On-Set Production Assistant Techncial Certificate of Credit (TCC) program must apply for admission to Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Access information regarding GPTC admissions and the necessary steps here.

Courses offered in the 18-credit hour GFA TCC program are: 
42462    FILM 1100   GFA Intro to On-Set Film Prod
42463    FILM 1150   GFA Intro to Spec Mkup Effects
42464    FILM 1350   GFA Electric and Lighting
42465    FILM 1450   GFA Grip and Rigging
42468    FILM 1650   GFA Post Production: Film & TV

Spring 2021 credit course schedule

Request an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to assist you with credit course registration.

GFA Contact Information and GPTC Student Resources

For questions regarding GPTC’s GFA classes, please contact: Kevin Lane (non-credit courses) at georgiafilmacademy@gptc.edu or lanek@gptc.edu or Stephanie Voltolin (credit courses) at voltolins@gptc.edu

For general questions or more information about the Georgia Film Academy, please contact Academics Coordinator Carla Frazier Bah, frazierbah@usg.edu

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