Department of Communication

Work In Georgia's Film/TV Industry

Join Georgia’s exciting $6 billion film industry working on one of the sets of the more than 250 film and TV productions shot in the State this year. As the third largest production center in the nation, Georgia boasts of a workforce with more than 100,000 people tied directly or indirectly to this growing part of the economy.

With average salaries at $84,000 per year and many in the industry making more than $150,000, certified on-set production employees are in high demand. Now, Columbus State University's Department of Communication offers an 18 credit hour certificate program which will train you to be job-ready upon graduation. In partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, the Department of Communication will even help you secure that first job.

Our On-Set Film Production Certificate was designed by Hollywood “insiders” and can prepare you to enter the workforce after two semesters. Upon completion of this coursework, you will receive a Certificate in Film Production from Columbus State University, Georgia Film Academy Certification, and will be placed in the GFA workforce database. Want to learn more? Then read on!

(For more information about the Georgia Film Academy and its Certification, visit the website: http://georgiafilmacademy.org/)

The Department of Communication

Columbus State University’s Department of Communication is the largest program in the College of the Arts with more than 300 majors. Its innovative curriculum and outstanding faculty made it a natural partner for the Georgia Film Academy in delivering the film production certificate. All faculty teaching in the program have industry experience and have received additional training from the Georgia Film Academy so that they are Master Teachers in the field.

The Curriculum

The On-Set Film Production Certificate consists of 18 hours of academic credit. The first 6-hour course provides an introduction to the skills necessary for employment in the film/TV industry. The remaining 12 hours of courses consist of an internship and highly specialized training and skill electives that provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge of the film industry's standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures.

The Courses

COMM 1115 On-Set Film Production I (6 hours)
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film-industry-standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures.

COMM 2498 On-Set Film Production II (6 hours)
Course Description: This course is designed specifically 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.

COMM ELECTIVES (6 hours)
More information to come.

Admissions Process

  • I’d like to know more before I apply for admission to this program. How can I get the answers I need about the program and enrollment?

    We have a team of enrollment professionals designated to work with you when you have questions about the program, the enrollment process, and registering for classes. This team will walk you through the whole process and coordinate your experience so it is as easy as possible! Call 706.507.8883 or email your questions and contact information to GAFilm@columbusstate.edu. You may also learn more at www.gafilm.columbusstate.edu

  • I’m already a current Columbus State Student. Can I enroll in these courses without filling out a new application for admission?

    Yes, just give us a call at 706.507.8883 or email your questions and contact information to GAFilm@columbusstate.edu. We’ll walk you through what you need to do and information you’ll need.

  • I was a Columbus State Student previously. Can I enroll in these courses without filling out a new application for admission?

    Yes, but you’ll need to fill out our simplified application for readmission (find that form here: https://admissions.columbusstate.edu/applications/undergrad_app_re-entry.php ). Just give us a call at 706.507.8883 or email your questions and contact information to GAFilm@columbusstate.edu. We’ll walk you through what you need to do and information you’ll need.

  • How Do I Apply for Admission to the Program and Enroll in Courses?

    Applying for Admission to the Certificate Program (Students new to CSU only):

    • Submission of application for admission to the program is strongly encouraged no later than December 17, 2015 for Spring Semester. Applications submitted after December 17, 2015 but no later than January 6, 2016 will still be considered
    • Apply for admission to the program through the Columbus State University On-Line Application here: https://admissions.columbusstate.edu/applications/index.php
    • On the “Ready to Apply” section, for Question 1, select “Undergraduate Program” then answer questions 2 and 3
    • You will then be asked to set up a log-in as a new user or enter information if you are a returning user
    • Follow all instructions, provide all requested information, and submit the $40 application fee. When asked to what program you are applying, select from the drop-down menu “Certificate In Film Production”
    • You will be asked to submit proof of high school graduation through having your high school send us official transcripts or you may provide your GED. You may be asked to take a placement test depending on your situation. For this certificate program, no standardized tests such as SAT or ACT are required for admission
    • Your application information will be evaluated on a priority basis, and upon acceptance you will be informed, registered into the first course, and given instructions on how to log into our student on-line portal CougarNet
    • You will be informed of any additional required documentation related to residency and immunizations which may be needed prior to the start of your first class
    • Please note that due to University-wide holiday closure, applications received between December 18, 2015 and January 3, 2016 will be evaluated on a priority basis between January 4 through January 6, 2016
  • What do the courses cost, how do I pay, and is financial aid available?
    • The two courses are available at a very competitive, flat-rate tuition rate of $125 per semester hour plus a $265 institutional fee per semester. Please note that students concurrently enrolled in other programs of Columbus State University may have additional mandatory fees in addition to the institutional fee and normal tuition associated with their enrollment, and will be subject to additional tuition charges if the student’s total course load exceeds 15 hours due to scheduling these courses.
    • Therefore, for students only taking the film certificate courses, the first course in the certificate program which is 6 semester hours of credit taken in your first semester, costs $1015 total ($750 tuition plus $265 institutional fee), due before the first day of class.
    • The second course and final course in the certificate program carries 12 semester hours of credit, and for students only taking the film certificate courses, costs $1,765 total ($1,500 tuition plus $265 institutional fee), due before the first day of class.
    • Please note that at this time it has not yet been determined whether students classified as out-of-state under University System of Georgia regulations would be subject to additional tuition charges.
    • Upon registration into a course, the tuition charges will be added to your student account which you can view through our student on-line portal CougarNet. Instructions for payment options are available at https://bursar.columbusstate.edu/pay_online.php. You may also pay in person at the Bursar’s Office in University Hall on the main campus of Columbus State University
    • Residents of Georgia may be eligible for the HOPE grant program.
    • Other payment and aid options with which we can assist you in pursuing include private educational loans (click here for more info: http://www.elmselect.com/?schoolid=483#/ and please note that all lenders offer loans for students seeking a certificate except Discover), a University System of Georgia-approved payment plan (click her for more info: https://bursar.columbusstate.edu/payment_plan.php), and our institutional short-term loan program (https://finaid.columbusstate.edu/docs/emergency-loan-app-2015-2016.pdf). Ask your enrollment representative about these options.
    • Please note that this program is not currently eligible for VA benefits, federal student aid, nor University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance (TAP).

Employment Opportunities

The Georgia Film Academy has a designated staff member who will help you find that first job. Georgia's film industry has grown by 2,500 percent in the past eight years. The State has an insufficient film production workforce to meet the industry's demands so either production go elsewhere or the studios bring in workers from out-of-state. Productions like The Walking Dead spend $2.8 million per episode. Georgia offers the nation’s best film tax credit which provides a major incentive for production companies to film in the State. The future for you is bright if you become part of this exciting world.