Georgia Film Academy

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Track in Communication and Organization in the Film Industry

Gordon State College's Department of Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts has partenered with the Georgia Film Academy which will allow students the unique experience and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (with concentration in Communication and Organization in the Film Industry) and will also gain an 18-hour certification from the Georgia Film Academy once complete. Students can begin the program as early as their sophomore year.

The GFA is a unique-in-the-nation, state-wide effort which provides you with:

  • Multi-disciplinary training by professionals in the film, TV and new media industries.
  • In classroom course work coupled with on-set, hands-on training.
  • Opportunity to work on “real world” projects in order to develop recognized film credits, through partnerships with professional productions.
  • Hands-on instruction and training working with a package of professional equipment (cameras, sound gear, lights, etc.) as well as production trucks, generators and sound studio space.
  • One-on-one job counseling to include resume preparation, job research and job placement outreach.
Students will take classes each semester in the GFA Fayetteville location and will also be eligible for internship opportunities at other sites as well. These classes are $125 per credit hour and are eligible for financial aid through Gordon State College.

For more information, visit:

GFA Website

Courses - 6 credit hours each

Required first course:

GFA 1000- Introduction to On-Set Film Production 

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy and is the first of an 18-credit hour certificate program which will provide 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.  This course provides students with a basic set of skills and insights sufficient to be integrated onto the sets of working film productions.

Choose two of the following:

GFA 2000 - GFA Film & Television Production Internship Course

This internship course is a 6 hour option as part of the 18 credit hours needed for the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) Certification Program. The course is designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge, and experience with film-industry standards, organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures by giving students hands-on experience on the sets and offices of working film productions and businesses. Students will also have an opportunity to network and to build resumes in order to help market themselves with the intention of integrating into the film industry as entry-level workers.

GFA 2010 - Set Construction & Scenic Painting

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy and is designed to equip students with entry-level skills and knowledge of set construction for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including reading blueprints, set safety, use of power tools, carpentry, scenic paint and sculpting. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set. Students are encouraged to attend open labs if and when available to further practice what they learned in class.

GFA 2020 - Lighting & Electric

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy and is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business.

GFA 2030 – Grip & Rigging

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy and is designed as an introduction and orientation to the practice of rigging and supporting grip equipment, cameras, vehicles and other physical/mechanical devices.

GFA 2040 - Post Production for Film & Television: AVID Editing, Digital Imaging & Story Craft

This course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy and is designed to certify students with Avid Media Composer User Certification. This certification is recognized world-wide as the industry standard for assistant editors in feature films and broadcast television. This course will equip students with a unique skillset and knowledge of industry standard digital imaging, editorial process and story forging on both motion picture or episodic nonlinear productions.

GFA 2050 - Introduction to Special Makeup Effects

This course is designed to educate students with entry-level skills and knowledge in practical Special Effects (SFX) Make Up for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including fabrication, material safety, use casting materials, professional make-up, sculpting, airbrushing, and design. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set.