The University of West Georgia is excited to be a partner in the Georgia Film Academy.  Registering through the UWG system, our students can take advantage of this exciting state initiative, while earning credits toward the Minor in Film Studies.  

GFA: Mr. Jenks

Phone: 678-839-4665



What is the Georgia Film Academy?


Our courses, which are being offered through our University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia partners, will provide students with extensive hands-on experience. Students will have an opportunity to network, build resumes and learn to market themselves in order to become integrated into the film industry as entry-level workers. The GFA Program will not only give you professional training in the film production crafts but an opportunity to earn credits towards your AA, AAS or BA degree!

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 will certify workforce ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia.

Why Enroll in the Georgia Film Academy Courses?

Professional Training in the Crafts of Filmmaking!

The film industry in Georgia is booming – currently ranked third in the nation and fifth in the World for number of productions (behind only Hollywood and New York). Industry growth over the next 3-5 years is projected to generate 3,000 - 5,000 new jobs in Georgia, most of which are on the set. The average earnings in these jobs are $84,000 a year.

However, getting into the industry is not easy. On-set film workers need a very specific set of skills attained by working on industry-standard equipment as well as experience on professional productions.

The GFA is a unique-in-the-nation, state-wide effort which will provide 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.



Course 1 (FILM 1000/GFA 1000 in UWG Banner)

16 Weeks

This course is the first of a two-course certification 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.

In addition to the use of topical lectures, PowerPoint presentations, videos and hand-outs, the course will include demonstrations of equipment and set operations as well as hands-on learning experiences. Students will learn: film production organizational structure, job descriptions and duties in various film craft areas, names, uses and protocols related to various pieces of professional on-set film equipment. Students will also learn, through lecture and exercises, how the various film craft related to one-another on a working set, as well as how and why they all must operate in sync. In addition, students will learn skills related to networking and self-marketing.

Course 2 (FILM 2000/GFA 2000 in UWG Banner)

16 Weeks

Course 2 will provide hands-on experience in “Real World” projects which will provide students with a vehicle to both increase and solidify their skills, add to their resumes and facilitate networking opportunities. These production opportunities will provide students with a basic set of skills and insights sufficient to be integrated onto the sets of working film productions.

Students will learn the job responsibilities and how to carry those out at an entry level of a variety of on-set jobs. Students will also have an opportunity network and build resumes to be able to market themselves in order to become integrated into the film industry as entry-level workers.

This course is not structured as a traditional film production or film studies classes. Students will not be making student films in the traditional sense, but will be participating as crew in hands-on positions on professional films.

This certificate program is a viable and proven first step toward a career in film production. Being able to join the film industry workforce will require additional on-set experience, facilitated through networking opportunities fostered by this program.