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Columbus State University

Associate of Arts
Film Production

College of the Arts

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Film Production (AA) degree is a 2-year undergraduate transfer degree program designed for the completion of the general education requirements and related lower division studies typically pursued during the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree program and including 18 credit hours of film production courses .  Most of the coursework in this AA degree program encompasses CSU’s Core Curriculum  requirements, which include some preparatory or introductory coursework for particular upper division majors.  However, these associate degrees do not include in-depth studies in a major, as in-depth studies in a major field are typically pursued at the upper division level (last two years) of a four-year program. 

Job placement assistance is provided upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Film  Production.

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Arts in Film Production degree will provide Georgians access to careers in the high demand area of Film Production. Courses include: On-Set Production 1, Production Design 1, Production Accounting & Office Management, Motion Picture Set Lighting, Avid Post-Production, Special Makeup Effects, Professional Assistant Sound Engineering with Certification, Professional Editing with AVID Media Composer, Special Makeup Effects, and Internship.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Students will demonstrate the basic skills required for working on film industry sets.
  • Students will demonstrate hands on understanding of job responsibilities required for a variety of entry-level on-set jobs.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to market themselves for entry-level positions in the film industry.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5

COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select one science course with a lab; the other course may be lab or non-lab:

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12

Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Program Requirements Required Hours: 18
Take the following courses:
COMM 1115 On-Set Film Production I

Select 12 hours from the following courses:
COMM 2215 GFA Grip and Rigging
COMM 2216 GFA Electric and Lighting
COMM 2217 GFA Set Construction and Scenic Painting
COMM 2498 On-set Internship
COMM 2555 Selected Topics in Film Production


Total Hours Required: 63

2 Year Course Schedule

Suggested two year course schedule