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Welcome to the Dalton State College webpage for the Georgia Film Academy!

This is an exciting time for the film and TV industry in Georgia.  Our climate, beautiful settings, and tax incentives have put Georgia in third place as far as states with the most film and TV production, and fifth place as far as internationally. 

In April 2017, faculty at Dalton State agreed to enter into a partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.  Now, students who want to learn more about, and possibly work in, the film industry in Georgia can earn an 18-hour certification from the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) while still enrolled as Dalton State students.  This certification will open doors in the film industry.

Along with earning the certification from GFA, you can use those hours in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.  The 18 hours from the GFA plus 42 hours in upper-level communication constitute your junior and senior years.

The five courses offered by the Georgia Film Academy are:

GFA 1000: GFA Course 1: Introduction to On-Set Film Production (6 hours)

GFA 2000: GFA Film & Television Production Internship Course  (6 hours)

GFA 2110: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Set Construction & Scenic Painting (6 hours)

GFA 2120: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Lighting & Electric (6 hours)

GFA 2130: GFA Specialty Craft Course – Grip & Rigging (6 hours)

In your first semester, you will take GFA 1000.  This course, as are the others, is taught at Pinewood Studios near Fayetteville, Georgia.  It meets for a full day of six hours, once a week.  You can possibly take other classes on campus that semester as well.

In your second semester, you will take either:

Option 1:  GFA 2000 (a competitive internship; not everyone gets one) and one craft course

Or

Option 2:  Two specialty craft courses

These courses are designed to prepare you for working on film sets in various capacities.  This is not the same as a “film school.”  You will not be making student films.  The goal is to earn a certification to help you get work in the film and TV industry in conjunction with your bachelor’s degree in communication.  Students in other majors are welcome to take the courses also, but they will not fit into your program of student and financial aid may not pay for them.    

To enroll in these classes or get more information, contact Dr. Barbara Tucker, 706.272.4411 or btucker@daltonstate.edu