The opportunities are endless in the Georgia film industry, and the University of West Georgia is ready to prepare you to be a part of it! In fiscal year 2016, Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion. Georgia is ranked third in the nation and fifth in the world for film production, and the future looks even brighter. In three to five years, Georgia is projected to generate 3,000 – 5,000 new jobs, an average earning of $84,000/year for those jobs. 

Our College of Social Sciences is now offering a Georgia Film Academy certification program to support the workforce needs of the film, television, and digital entertainment industries and offer students a new path to employment in Georgia. In collaboration with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, UWG will certify workforce- ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for students.

The program is affordable and efficient. The Georgia Film Academy certification program is comprised of 18 credit hours which students can earn towards their AA, AAS or BA degree, or obtain a stand-alone certificate as a nonstudent. From basic film production skills to on-set procedures, this program provides firsthand experience to basic film skills. 

Film & Video Production

The Film & Video Production concentration engages students in courses that build knowledge and skills in the production of film and video, screenwriting, film aesthetics, and post-production for various media outlets. Students learn the art of cinematic storytelling, image design, and sound editing, along with advanced post-production techniques and strategies within the broader field of film and video production genres. Our hands-on approach allows students to develop early on through workshops, seminars, and collaborative projects. Students are encouraged to gain exposure by sharing their work through traditional and digital outlets.

The Film & Video Production sequence is a concentration within the Department of Mass Communications.

The six credit hour GFA 1000 course fits seamlessly into the degree program in Mass Communications with a concentration in Film & Video Production. There is also an opportunity for future GFA courses to count toward a degree progression in the near future.

Program Contact:
Deon Kay, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and Film & Video Production Sequence Head
dkay@westga.edu

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Film Studies

The Film Studies Minor at the University of West Georgia is designed to educate and inspire students interested in film.

The program complements the university’s already strong liberal arts tradition and consists of a series of interdisciplinary courses from departments including English and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mass Communications, Theatre, and Psychology.

These courses are designed to provide students with a solid background in the history, technical analysis, aesthetics, and cultural significance of film.

As an interdisciplinary minor, the film program encourages students to explore the rich and diverse aesthetic, philosophical, historical, and cultural expressions articulated in films.  

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Theatre

With connections already established within the film industry in Georgia, the UWG Theatre Company is excited to strengthen the link with the industry by creating a way for theatre majors to take the FILM courses at the GFA. Theatre majors who take part in the 12 credit hours of FILM 1000 and FILM 2000 will have those courses counted toward their Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.

For questions about the GFA, please contact Shelly Elman, Interim Chair of Theatre, at 678.839.4704 or relman@westga.edu.

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About the Georgia Film Academy

The Georgia Film Academy is a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce-ready employees in needed areas, connects students and prospective employees with employers, and offers a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia. Special partnerships include Pinewood Studios located in Fayetteville, Ga.

Equipment at our training site

  • HD 4K time code camera packages, including professional tripods, dolly, and jib
  • Professional location sound package, including digital time code recorder, shotgun and wireless microphones
  • Lighting package with tungsten, fluorescent, LED and HMI instruments, and stands
  • Full-grip package with stands, hardware, overheads, speed rail, flags, and nets

For Productions

  • Fully equipped grip/electric trucks
  • Industry standard generators
  • Available fully equipped professional sound stage
  • Professional feature-film camera packages with prime lenses