New degree program allows students to gain practical experience in cinema and media production
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) request for a nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television on May 12, 2020. To offer this degree, GGC must obtain Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approval and could begin offering the curriculum in 2021.
“Georgia is a top destination for film and television productions,” said Dr. T.J. Arant, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost. “We’re excited to be working with our community partners to prepare students for this fast-growing industry that has enormous economic impact.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development reported that film and television productions generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion in the 2018 fiscal year.
GGC’s nexus courses will be taught onsite at the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) by GFA instructors as well as on GGC’s campus and through distance education.
Course requirements include 42 hours of general education and 18 hours of specialized courses that include study in on-set productions, sound design and an on-set internship.
Nexus degrees spring from the ideas emerging from the USG's ongoing College 2025 Initiative, which seeks to refine the delivery and accessibility of public higher education to meet 21st-century learning and career needs.