Georgia Film Academy

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Georgia Film Academy

Photo of student at Georgia Film AcademyDalton State is a member of the Georgia Film Consortium (GFC). The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) supports the GFC, which is a unique-in-the-nation, state-wide collaboration of institutions of the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia and independent institutions that offer professional courses in film, television, digital entertainment, Esports and game development.

Dalton State students who want to pursue a career in the film industry can earn an 18-hour  professional certification from the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) while still enrolled at Dalton State. These 18 hours will apply to the B.A. in Communication or Associate of Arts in General Studies, Film Pathway. The programs are offered in the Department of Communication, Performing Arts and Foreign Languages.

About Georgia Film Academy

The Georgia Film Academy is a professional organization, a unit of the University System of Georgia, that 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 that will utilize it.

As a Dalton State student in the General  Film Academy pathway program(s), 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 sound stages.
  • 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 any of three Georgia Film Academy industry certifications, recognized by production companies, studios, networks, vendors and other entertainment businesses that may employ Georgians:
    • Film & Television Production Certification 
    • Film & Television Post-Production Certification
    • Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development Certification

For more information, visit Georgia Film Academy.

Courses offered at Dalton State College 

You can start these classes in your sophomore year. You will travel to the Atlanta facilities of the GFC one day a week for each semester-long class. The courses offered by Dalton State College are:

GFA 1000: Introduction to Film & Television Production (6 hours, first required course for GFA students in the Film & Television Production Certification)
GFA 1040: Introduction to Film & TV Post-Production (6 hours, first required course for GFA students in the Film & Television Post-Production Certification)
GFA 1500: Introduction to Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development (6 hours, first required course for GFA students in the Digital Entertainment, Esports & Game Development Certification)
GFA 2000: Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Internship (by application) (6 hours)
GFA 2010: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Set Construction & Scenic Painting (6 hours)
GFA 2020: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Lighting & Electric (6 hours)
GFA 2030: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Grip & Rigging (6 hours)
GFA 2040: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Fundamentals of Editing with Avid Media Composer 100 (6 hours)
GFA 2050: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Introduction to Special Effects Make-up (6 hours)
GFA 2060: Production Accounting and Office Management (6 hours)
GFA 3010: Production Design I (6 hours)
GFA 3020: Motion Picture Set Lighting I (6 hours)
GFA 3040: Introduction to Editing with Avid Media Composer (6 hours)
GFA 3140: Introduction to Sound Design with Avid ProTools 100 (6 hours)
GFA 4000: Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Apprenticeship (6 hours)
GFA 4010: Production Design II (6 hours)
GFA 4020: Motion Picture Set Lighting II (6 hours)
GFA 4040: Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 (6 hours)

The GFC semester schedule follows the eCore Common Academic Calendar. You will also be able to take other classes on campus or online during your GFC semesters.

To enroll in these classes or get more information, contact Dr. Barbara Tucker at 706-272-4411 or btucker@daltonstate.edu.

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

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