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 students 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/

Choose from three Georgia Film Academy certification pathways

The Georgia Film Academy now offers three certification pathways. Download the pathways and course choices here.

  • GFA Film & Television Production Certification (Summer 2021/Fall 2021)
  • GFA Film & Television Post-Production Certification (beginning Fall 2021)
  • GFA Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development Certification (beginning Fall 2021)

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. There is no requirement to submit transcripts or for placement testing.

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Course Delivery, Locations and Registration

INTRODUCTION TO GFA PATHWAYS
Summer & Fall 2021 Registration opens April 1, 2021, at 8am.

Summer 2021 Class Dates:
May 24 – July 21, 2021

GFA 1000:
MW 9am – 3pm (Production Pathway)
MW 4pm – 10pm
TTH 9am – 3pm

Location: Summer Semester 2021: OFS Studios 6305 Crescent Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

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Fall 2021 Class Dates:
August 16 – December 7, 2021

GFA 1000:
T 9am – 3pm (Production Pathway)
Location: 
OFS Studios 6305 Crescent Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

GFA 1040:
W 9am – 3pm (Post-Production Pathway)
Location: 
Trilith Studios 461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214

GFA 1500:
TH 10am – 4pm (Digital Entertainment, Esports, Game Development Pathway)
Location: 
Esports Hub – TBD – Downtown Atlanta

To register: Complete the non-credit registration application with payment and email the information to GeorgiaFilmAcademy@gptc.edu. For more information, call Kevin Lane at 404-297-9522 ext.5009.

Course Fee: $750


Additional GFA Classes: Summer and Fall 2021 

SUMMER 2021
May 24 – July 21, 2021

Location:  Trilith Studios 461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214

GFA 2040 sec 1 Fundamentals Editing/Avid Media Composer 100: Tu Th 9-3 **
GFA 2040 sec 2 Fundamentals Editing/Avid Media Composer 100: Tu Th 4-10 **
GFA 3140 sec 1 Intro Sound Design/Avid Pro Tools 100: M W 9-3 **

**A course fee of $100 must be added for GFA 2040 & 3140 to cover a physical hard drive for each student.

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Location: 
OFS Studios 6305 Crescent Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

GFA 1000 sec 4 Intro On Set Film Prod: M W 9-3
GFA 1000 sec 5 Intro On Set Film Prod: M W 4-10
GFA 1000 sec 6 Intro On Set Film Prod: Tu Th 9-3
GFA 2010 sec 2 Set Construction & Paint: M W 9-3
GFA 2020 sec 2 Lighting and Electric: Tu Th 4-10
GFA 2030 sec 2 Grip and Rigging: Tu Th 9-3

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FALL 2021
August 16 – December 7, 2021

Location:  Trilith Studios 461 Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214

PRODUCTION PATHWAY
GFA 2060 sec 1 Production Accounting & Office Management: Sa 10-4

POST-PRODUCTION PATHWAY
GFA 1040 sec 1 Intro Film & TV Post-Production: W 9-3 ** (NEW COURSE)
GFA 1040 sec 3 Intro Film & TV Post-Production: F 9-3 ** (NEW COURSE)
GFA 2040 sec 1 Fundamentals Editing/Avid Media Composer 100: W 9-3 **
GFA 2040 sec 2 Fundamentals Editing/Avid Media Composer 100: Th 9-3 **
GFA 2140 sec 1 Fundamentals Sound Design/Avid Pro Tools 100: Tu 9-3 ** (NEW COURSE)
GFA 4040 sec 1 Advanced Editing/Avid Media Composer 200: W 4-10 — Prereq: GFA 2040

**A course fee of $100 must be added for GFA 1040, 2040 & 2140 to cover a physical hard drive for each student.

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Location:  OFS Studios 6305 Crescent Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

PRODUCTION PATHWAY
GFA 1000 sec 12 Intro Film & TV Production: Tu 9-3
GFA 2010 sec 1 Set Construction & Paint: Tu 9-3
GFA 2020 sec 2 Lighting & Electric: W 9-3
GFA 2030 sec 2 Grip & Rigging: F 9-3
GFA 2050 sec 2 Special Makeup Effects: Sa 10-4

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Location:  Esports Hub – TBD – Downtown Atlanta

DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT, ESPORTS & GAME DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY
GFA 1500 sec 1 Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development: Th 10-4 (NEW COURSE)

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COURSE DELIVERY: At this time, GFA plans to deliver Summer & Fall 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 ALL face-to-face instruction, classes will be divided into smaller groups with social distancing that will follow GFA’s COVID compliance protocols, including requiring masks for all instructors, students and staff. Students will report to their scheduled location on a rotating basis for their weekly hands-on, face-to-face instruction. Instructors will communicate to their class(es) the dates each group will participate in the in-person learning. They will also receive a follow up email at least one week prior to the start of the semester with first-day instructions, including the COVID compliance plan and how to access the online course shell for the virtual 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, CLICK HERE to download and submit the Summer/Fall 2021 non-credit course information and registration form. 

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 .

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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