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An in-depth, skills-driven degree aimed at training graduates in the field who are multi-skilled, agile and adaptable, and who are proficient in an array of digital storytelling roles, from cinematic production all the way to entrepreneurial content and on-set film work, both above and below the line. Most importantly, we provide students with a set of tangible, transferable and marketable skills for an array of positions within the infrastructure of film and video production.
Method of Delivery
Face to Face
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required:
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
The Film & Video Production degree program consists of 11 required upper level classes (33 credit hours). The remaining 9 classes (27 credit hours) must be applied to either a Minor, or to completing the GFA certification (or both).
GFA = Georgia Film Academy
COMM-1154 - Introduction to Mass Communications
An introductory, yet critical examination of the historical development, and paramount economic, legal/policy, ethical, political, and social effects issues concerned with mass media, i.e., books, newspapers, magazines, recordings, radio, movies, television, the internet, public relations, and advertising. Particular attention given to competition, convergence, and mass media's impact on society, as well as society's impact on mass media.
COMM-3305 - Short-Form Screenwriting & Analysis
This is a writing workshop where students will investigate various story-telling styles, structures and techniques, and implement these analyses in the development of stories written for the screen. Students will also engage with marketing and promotional texts within the field.
COMM-3353 - Fundamentals of Film & Video Production
Fundamental techniques in producing, scripting, shooting, directing and editing film and video projects, with an emphasis on single camera narrative production for independent distribution.
COMM-3356 - Film and Culture
A study of the evolution and significance of the motion picture as a specialized form of artistic experience and as a form of Mass Communication.
COMM-3366 - The Business of Film
This course will provide students with an understanding of how films, from blockbusters to micro-budgets, are developed, financed, marketed and distributed both inside and outside established circuits of audiovisual trade.
COMM-4405 - Sound Design
This workshop-based skills course explores the communicative uses of sound in audio-visual media, with an emphasis on early and deliberate decision-making about what listeners hear. A number of technically-driven creative skills projects are supported by an examination of the history of sound recording practices, the origins and development of the field of sound design, and critical listening and viewing exercises.
COMM-4406 - Digital Cinematography & Image Design
This workshop-based skills course explores the communicative potential of the moving image. Students will analyze and practice deliberate strategies of image-making to produce intended effects for viewers. Through critical viewing and analysis, reading, skills exercises and a number of technically-driven creative projects, students will develop the expressive resources of the moving image for a broad use in audio-visual media.
COMM-4407 - Film & Video Post-Production
Students will work with the various aspects of film and video editing, synthesizing technology, creative storytelling, visual effects, motion graphics and sound editing, along with digital distribution formats and strategies.
COMM-4408 - Producing for Film and Video
From the discovery of creative content to the technical demands of the position, students will learn the ins and outs of producing in every phase of production, from development to distribution.
COMM-4409 - Directing for Film and Video Production
Students will build the vocabulary, conceptual framework, and practical skills necessary for directing audio-visual works. These include the ability to analyze and discuss shot progression, camera movement, and on-screen performance, as well as developing a deeper understanding of production practices and cinema as a visual language.
COMM-4425 - Documentary Production Practices
Part film-production workshop and part study in film-history and aesthetics – this skills-based class explores through action the methods, strategies, tools, and processes of non-fiction film communication.
COMM-4452 - Advanced Film and Video Production
Direct involvement with the scripting, planning, producing, direction and post-production of film, television, or video programs under the supervision of the instructor. Emphasis on the advanced creative, organizational and managerial aspects of film, television, and video production.
Guidelines for Admittance
Each UWG degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
- Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
- Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission
Admission Process Checklist
- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
See program specific calendars here
- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.
Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
- Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
- Check the status of your application
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, aesthetic awareness and technical proficiency in the production and assessment of audio-visual film work.
- Understand all phases and roles of film production in order to help formulate career goals.
- Understand the various potentials of film as both a commodity for a targeted audience, and an act of authorship and creative expression.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of cinema in a global society.