Film Production, BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production emphasizes post-production to prepare students for careers in the professional film industry. While the program includes coursework relating to pre-production and production (so that students are introduced to these skills and understand the entire filmmaking process), the post-production focus of this program will help students attain the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in areas of film post-production, such as: storytelling, compositing, editing, visual effects, motion graphics, and sound effects. Course options within the program offer students an opportunity to take courses outside of the film area, perhaps to pursue a minor program that might enhance job marketability.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand critical and creative processes and aesthetic approaches involved in the pre-production, production and post-production phases of film making.
  2. Develop mastery of technical and artistic skills that are fundamental to filmmaking and video production and post- production—including writing, producing, directing, editing, cinematography, production and audio design.
  3. Acquire and model accepted industry practices, including those regarding professional collaborations, safety and ethical standards, and demonstration of employment marketability.
  4. Analyze and critique films representing a broad range of theoretical and historical perspectives.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (Areas A - E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Film Production major are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
FILM 2100Introduction to Film3
FILM 2700History of Cinema3
Select six hours from the following:
Digital Image Production
Intro to Field Production
Georgia Film Academy Course I
Choose two from the following:
Principles of Financial Accounting
Drawing I
2-D Design/Color Theory
Legal Environment of Business
Computer Science I
Principles of Microeconomics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Lower Level Special Topics
Introduction to Acting
Stagecraft: Scenery and Light
Directing for the Stage
Required Upper-Division Courses 130
FILM 3410Lighting for Motion Pictures3
FILM 3420Audio Recording & Sound Design3
FILM 3820Screenwriting3
FILM 4310Film Analysis and Criticism3
FILM 4410Digital Video Production3
FILM 4450Digital Video Post-Production3
FILM 3155Cinematography3
FILM 4460Video Post-Production II3
FILM 4480Video Production II3
FILM 4901Internship/Exper. Learning I2
FILM 4904Portfolio Class1
Upper Division Electives24
Group A: Media Production Electives
Choose 15 hours from the following:
Introduction to Broadcasting
New Media Design
Modes of Video Production I
Modes of Video Production II
Modes of Video Production III
Modes of Video Production IV
Motion Graphics
Visual Effects
Advanced Lighting
Advanced Visual Effects
Internship/Exper. Learning II
Sem in Contemp Filmmaking
Group B: Film Studies Electives
Choose nine hours from the following:
National Cinemas I
National Cinemas II
National Cinemas III
Women and Film
Film Genres I
Film Genres III
Television Criticism
African American Cinema
Deconstructing Disney
Great Directors
Special Topics I
Special Topics II
Special Topics III
Free Electives6
Choose courses at any level. A minimum grade of C is required.
Total Credit Hours120

Film Production students must earn a grade of C or higher for all courses applied toward upper division requirements. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A-F. Any 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

Please Note: This is a suggested course sequence and assumes a starting freshman with no prior college credit who intends to complete their degree in four years. Students should consult with their academic advisor and review the course prerequisites and minimum grade requirements as seen in the Academic Catalog. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
FILM 2100 Introduction to Film 3
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
CRIT 1101 Critical Thinking 3
PSYC 1101
Intro to General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
HIST 1111
Survey-PreModern World History
or Survey of Modern World History
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
POLS 1101 American Government 3
MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling (or higher) 3
Pick one group from below 6
Group A
FILM 2400
FILM 2420
Digital Image Production
and Intro to Field Production 1
Group B
FILM 1520 Georgia Film Academy Course I 1 0
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
FILM 3410 Lighting for Motion Pictures 3
FILM 4450 Digital Video Post-Production 3
FILM 2700 History of Cinema 3
COMM 1110 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 2111
World Literature I -Pre-Modern
or World Literature II - Modern
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FILM 3155 Cinematography 3
FILM 3820 Screenwriting 3
Elective - Lower Division 3
MUSC 2101 Music Appreciation 3
BIOL 1111 Introduction to Biology I 3
BIOL 1111L Intro to Biology Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
FILM 4410 Digital Video Production 3
Elective - Lower Division 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
HIST 2111
Survey of US History to 1877
or US HIST Since Reconstruction
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FILM 4460 Video Post-Production II 3
FILM 3420 Audio Recording & Sound Design 3
Elective - Upper Division Production 3
Elective - Upper Division Film Studies 3
BIOL 1112 Introduction to Biology II 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
FILM 4480 Video Production II 3
Elective - Upper Division Film Studies 3
Elective - Upper Division Production 3
SCI 1901 Selected Topics in Science 3
Elective - Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FILM 4310 Film Analysis and Criticism 3
Elective - Upper Division Production 3
Elective - Upper Division Production 3
FILM 4904 Portfolio Class 1
FILM 4901 Internship/Exper. Learning I 2
Elective - Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121
Select one (1) group option (not both) to fulfill requirement within this area.
  • Group A: FILM 2400 AND FILM 2420 
  • Group B: FILM 1520