Atlanta Digital Film Production Schools
Students interested in digital film production career training in Atlanta have a few school options. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 25 minutes from downtown and offer several type of relevant programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Also included is a table of relevant information about these schools, such as size, tuition and acceptance rates, that can help prospective students in their school choice.
- Georgia State University (GSU), a large public school less than a mile from the heart of the city, offers relevant programs at the bachelor's and master's levels, as well as a certificate program geared toward entrepreneurship in the media field.
- Nearly five miles from downtown, the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) houses a Digital Media Center with state-of-the-art equipment and also awards both bachelor's and master's degrees in motion media design. Students can opt to minor in this field as well.
- For those looking for a smaller public school environment, Clayton State University in Morrow, about 16 miles south of downtown Atlanta, has a bachelor's degree program and hosts its own online television broadcast station.
Comparison of Schools
Students should be aware of many factors when choosing a school. This table makes it simple to compare various aspects of each institution.
|Georgia State University||Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta||Clayton State University|
|School Type||4-year university; public||4-year; private not-for-profit college||4-year university; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||32,556*||11,347 (Savannah location)*||7,022*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsized city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$8,974 in-state; $23,542 out-of-state*||$34,970*||$5,340 in-state; $15,596 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||92%*||97%*||93%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||59%*||67%*||42%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||81% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*||82% for full-time students; 73% for part-time students*||67% for full-time students; 66% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||53%*||65%*||33%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Georgia State University
GSU's programs cover the historical, artistic, and technological aspects of production in film and media. Students have access to state-of-the-art production facilities and equipment.
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video
GSU's undergraduate program in film and video comprises classes in subjects like film history in America, documentary films, postproduction, and the media industry. Students also select from electives that cover such topics as computer graphic imaging, animation, and lighting design. The program supports student participation in professional internships and awards academic credit as such.
Master of Arts in Film, Video, and Digital Imaging - Production
The master's degree program in film, video, and digital imaging is a 3-year program presented sequentially; it is recommended that students take courses in a set order because they build on each other throughout the curriculum. Subjects studied include digital cinematography, moving image production, and digital editing, as well as film theory and communication research methods. During their last year in the program, students develop a final project, typically in the form of a brief video or film. Students are required to orally defend a project to a committee during their final semester.
Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta
SCAD has four campuses, one of which is in Atlanta. The school's motion media design programs integrate the disciplines of animation, interactive design, filmmaking, and graphic design.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Media Design
In addition to specific techniques and concepts in motion media design, this Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) curriculum incorporates study in such areas as storyboards, time-based typography, and media branding. As part of the school's core undergraduate curriculum, students also take classes in subjects like drawing and color, as well as in general education disciplines, such as science and English. A senior project is required, and students also complete a course that emphasizes portfolio development and career research.
Master of Fine Arts in Motion Media Design
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Motion Media Design program encompasses coursework on such topics as screen design, dynamic typography, interactive Web design, motion analysis, and contemporary art. As part of the curriculum, students may also undertake a field or teaching internship. Graduate motion media design students create a thesis that consists of a body of original work accompanied by a corresponding written report addressing their project's theoretical components.
Motion Media Design Minor
Students minoring in motion media design must complete courses in storyboards, title design, and techniques of motion media design, among other subjects. A total of 25 hours in the discipline is required to earn the minor.
Clayton State University
Clayton State's media production program is part of the school's visual and performing arts department. It is recommended that media production students also pursue a minor.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies - Media Production
The media production track in the communication and media studies degree program requires core courses in subjects like digital media writing, communication theory, and global media and communication. In addition, students take classes within the media production concentration on topics including new media design, motion picture lighting, and digital video production, among others. Media production majors also complete a mandatory internship.