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Columbus State University

Nexus
Film Production

College of the Arts

Department of Communication

Program Description

The nexus degree will provide Georgians access to a career in the high demand area of Film Production (as defined by the Governor’s report on High Demand Career Initiatives). The Nexus Degree is tightly aligned with high priority talent demand of film production and the competencies and capabilities valued most within the industry. The Nexus degree is intended for anyone interested in pursuing a career in a film production-related-area  – people who have not earned a degree, people who have a degree but want to transition into a high demand career field, and people who work in a high demand career field and want to advance in their film career ladder.

The Film Production Nexus consists of 60 credit hours, with a minimum requirement of 12 credit hours of upper-division courses (e.g., 3000-4000) and includes a substantive experiential learning component.

Career Opportunities

The film production track 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, Avid Pro-Tools: 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

Students will--

  • Demonstrate the competencies needed to receive industry OSHA certification.
  • Demonstrate professional level skills in the High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) craft of film production.
  • Demonstrate use of on-set film production equipment at a level appropriate to industry-standard practice.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no additional 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:

OR
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

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
D1: Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

D2: Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

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:


Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
The program consists of 18 hours of which at least 12 must be upper division courses as follows:

COMM 1115 On-Set Film Production 1

SELECT 12 HOURS FROM THE FOLLOWING:
COMM 3265 Electrical and Lighting
COMM 3266 Grip and Rigging
COMM 3275 Introduction to Special Makeup Effects
COMM 3267 Set Construction and Paint
COMM 3295 Production Accounting
COMM 3258 Post Production: Film & Television | Avid Editing, Digital Imaging & Storycraft
COMM 3697 On-Set Preceptorship

Total Hours Required: 60

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule