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Communication Courses

COMM 1115. On-Set Film Production I (6-0-6) The first of a two-course certificate program which provides 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.

COMM 2215. GFA Grip and Rigging (2-20-6) Prerequisite: COMM 1115. Grip and Rigging is an introduction and orientation to the practice of rigging and supporting grip equipment, cameras, vehicles and other physical/mechanical devices. Grips are first and foremost team members. In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of the equipment used in grip and rigging, students will engage in on-set exercises in inventory, maintenance, set-up, trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol and safety. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to work on a motion picture production set. As such, student responsibilities are matched to potential responsibilities as a team member on a production set as closely as possible. (6-0-6)

COMM 2216. GFA Electric and Lighting (2-20-6) Prerequisite: COMM 1115. This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. The course is offered in collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including power distribution, set protocol and etiquette, properly setting lamps, department lingo, how to light a set to feature film standards, motion picture photography, etc. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set. Students are expected to attend open labs such as guest speakers or OSHA safety classes to complete course assignments. (6-0-6)

COMM 2217. GFA Set Construction and Scenic Painting (2-20-6) Prerequisite: COMM 1115. This course is designed to equip students with entry-level skills and knowledge of set construction for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal oriented class projects including reading blueprints, set safety, use of power tools, carpentry, scenic paint and sculpting. A large emphasis will be placed on set etiquette including, but not limited to, attitude, professionalism and technique on and off set. Students are encouraged to attend open labs if and when available to further practice what they learned in class. (6-0-6)

COMM 2498. On-Set Internship (2-20-6) The second of a two-course certificate program designed specifically to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures. (S/U grading)