Join Georgia’s exciting $6 billion film industry working on one of the sets of the more than 250 films 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 Communication Department 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/)
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 On-Set Film Production Certificate consists of two courses totalling 18 hours of academic credit. The first is a 6-hour pre-requisite course which is an introduction to the skills necessary for employment in the film/TV industry. A second course is 12 hours of highly specialized training and hands-on experience which provides the student 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.
Please note: Request for approval to offer this program starting the first day of class (January 11, 2016) for Spring Semester 2016 has been submitted to our regional accreditor Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and all applications are accepted, and admission decisions rendered, pending approval of that body. This program has been approved by the University System of Georgia.
COMM 1115 On-Set Film Production I (6 hours)
Course Description: The first of a two-course certificate program which 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 (12 hours)
Course Description: The second of a two-course certificate program 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.
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 productions 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.