Georgia Film Academy
Dalton State College’s Department of Communication has a unique partnership with the Georgia Film Academy—one that allows you to learn at state-of-the-art facilities in the metro Atlanta area while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (with film concentration).
This is an exciting time for the film and TV industry in Georgia. Our climate, beautiful and varied settings, airport connections to major cities, and tax incentives have put Georgia in third place behind Canada and California as locations with the most film and TV production in North America, and fifth place internationally. Georgia is known as a “Camera Ready State.” The film industry generated $9.5 billion for the Georgia economy in the 2017 fiscal year. Although shows such as The Walking Dead and Stranger Things are well-known as Georgia-based productions, there are thousands more, such as Marvel movies Black Panther and Ant Man.
The growth of the film industry means a demand for trained “below the line” workers in camera work, editing, makeup, set design, grip work, and electrical wiring. The Georgia Film Academy was created to develop a structured, credit-based way to prepare workers for the film industry.
Since 2017, DSC students who want to pursue a career in the film industry can earn an 18-hour certification from the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) while still enrolled as Dalton State students. These 18 hours, combined with 42 upper division credits in communication, leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a film concentration.
Courses offered at Georgia Film Academy
You can start your GFA classes in your sophomore year. You will travel to the Atlanta facilities of the GFA one day a week for each semester-long class. The seven courses offered by the Georgia Film Academy are:
GFAC 1000: GFA Course 1: Introduction to On-Set Film Production (6 hours) (first required course for all GFA students)
GFAC 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 -- Post-Production/AVID Editing (6 hours)
GFA 2050: GFA Specialty Craft Course -- Special Effects Make-up (6 hours)
GFAC 2000: GFA Film & Television Production Internship Course (6 hours)
GFA 3060: Production Accounting and Office Management
GFA 4040: Professional Editing -- Post-Production Digital Imaging & Story Craft with Avid Media Composer 200
GFA 3140: Professional Assistant Sound Engineering with Avid ProTools User Certification 101-
You will also be able to take other classes on campus or online during your GFA semesters.