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Clayton State University Director Talks about Starting the Next Generation of Content Creators on the Right Path


In the fall of 2017, Clayton State University’s Film and Digital Media Center, in the Continuing and Professional Education Division, introduced a dynamic certificate program designed to put students on the path to becoming the next generation of independent filmmakers as well as learn the skills necessary for entry-level positions on film productions. With Georgia’s booming $9-billion-dollar film industry, the timing could not be more perfect.

Glynn Beard, Director of the Film and Digital Media Center, said it is critical to train Georgia-based talent to sustain the growth of the state’s film industry, “Right now we have an amazing amount of diverse projects coming to Georgia to film their productions. There is also an opportunity for us to train Georgians to not only crew on film productions, but also be able to develop and write, shoot and complete post-production in Georgia.” For those interested in pursuing their dreams of becoming a Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Sound Mixer or Editor, they may apply to the program, now through the January 4 deadline for the Spring Session, at this link: .

The Film and Digital Media Certificate offers three Tracks for students to choose from, including: Writing, Production and Post-Production. The entire 4-Course program takes approximately 37 weeks to complete. The first three courses meet 7 weeks each and the final course meets for 16 weeks. The boot camp-style approach within each Track fosters an environment where key instruction and lecture combines with hands on practical production instruction. The end goal is actual films being produced that reflect all that the students have learned in the program reflecting a level of aesthetic and expertise far above similar programs.

“We want to teach and support a new generation of Georgians with a practical hands on approach to learn independent filmmaking from beginning to end. “ Beard said.

To learn more about the Film and Digital Media Certificate Program, please contact the Film and Digital Media Center at: 678-466-5085 or email:


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