Nexus degrees prepare GGC students for in-demand careers through both traditional classroom and extensive hands-on experiences from top-rated industry-expert educators and partners.

A nexus degree requires fewer credit hours than a four-year degree – much like an associates degree – but includes some of the beneficial attributes of experiential learning and upper-division coursework typical of bachelor’s degrees.

Students who wish to continue their educational journey may also apply their nexus degree credits toward a four-year bachelor’s degree in a related program of study. No matter your chosen path – nexus or four-year degree – you’ll have access to GGC’s award-winning Student Engagement and Success resources and academic support.

Course Hours

  • 42 credit hours: General education requirements
  • 18 credit hours: Degree focused coursework, dedicating at least 6 hours to experiential learning such as internships or in-the-field experiences and at least 12 hours to upper-division level courses

Nexus Degree Options

Motion picture set lighting

The nexus degree in motion picture set lighting is an experiential program that provides students with hands-on, real-world understanding of electrical distribution and the operations of set lighting (design, planning and execution of lighting professional settings) necessary to facilitate entry-level jobs in film and television production. Through their coursework, students learn practical skills and knowledge of lighting theory to develop advanced skills in lighting sets and locations for motion pictures or episodic series. Students are trained on how to operate industry equipment, the best practices in lighting, networking practices and workplace etiquette.

Potential Careers

  • Lighting technicians (rigging grip, rigging gaffer)
  • Lighting designer
  • Camera operators, television, video and motion pictures
  • Broad cast technicians

General Education: (42 semester hours)

Course catalog requirements for Areas A-E are the same as the nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television.

Area F – Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 hours)
  • GFA 1000 – Introduction to Film and Television Production
  • GFA 3020 – Motion Picture Set Lighting I (6 credit hours) and
  • GFA 4020 – Motion Picture Set Lighting II (6 credit hours) OR GFA 4000, Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Production Apprenticeship (6 credit hours)

Learn more about how nexus degree students benefit from professional training, internships, apprenticeships and job placement opportunities from GGC's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.

Contact LiberalArts@ggc.edu with questions or to learn more.

Production design

The nexus degree in production design is an experiential program that provides students with hands-on, real-world experience performing the day-to-day activities of the production field. Students will be trained on how to operate industry equipment, the best practices in production, industry resume and networking practices, and workplace etiquette. Production design includes all of the visual elements that make up a film, television show or theater production. Production designers oversee the overall look and feel of a production, working with a team that creates props and sets, and manages the location scouting department.

Potential Careers

  • Set and exhibit designers
  • Camera operators, television, video and motion pictures
  • Art director
  • Production designer
  • Prop master
  • Location scout

General Education: (42 semester hours)

Course catalog requirements for Areas A-E are the same as the nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television.

Area F – Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 hours)
  • GFA-1000 – Introduction to Film and Television Production
  • GFA-3010 – Production Design I (6 credit hours) and 
  • GFA-4010 – Production Design II (6 credit hours) OR GFA-4000 – Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Production Apprenticeship (6 credit hours)

Learn more about how nexus degree students benefit from professional training, internships, apprenticeships and job placement opportunities from GGC's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.

Contact LiberalArts@ggc.edu with questions or to learn more.

Production for film and television

The nexus degree in production for film and television is an experiential program that provides students with hands-on, real-world experience performing the day-to-day activities of the production field. Students will be trained on how to operate industry equipment, the best practices in production, industry resume and networking practices, and workplace etiquette. Students also gains skills in lighting design through an understanding of electrical distribution and the operations of set lighting (design, planning and execution of lighting professional settings) necessary to facilitate entry-level jobs in film and television production. Production is the process through which a film or television series is produced, involving a number of complex stages, a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques.

Potential Careers

  • Lighting technicians
  • Camera operators, television, video and motion pictures
  • Director of photography
  • Set and exhibit designers

General Education: (42 semester hours)

Course catalog requirements for Areas A-E are the same as the nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television.

Area F – Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 hours)
  • GFA-1000 – Introduction to Film and Television Production

Choose two of the following courses:

  • GFA-3010 – Production Design 1 (6 credit hours)
  • GFA-3020 – Motion Picture Set Lighting I (6 credit hours)
  • GFA-4000 – Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Production Apprenticeship (6 credit hours)

Learn more about how nexus degree students benefit from professional training, internships, apprenticeships and job placement opportunities from GGC's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.

Contact LiberalArts@ggc.edu with questions or to learn more.

Professional editing for film and television

The nexus degree in professional editing for film and television is an experiential program that provides students with hands-on experience with the tools and techniques of post-production for careers in editing.  Students participate in creative, narrative editing projects to demonstrate proficiency in post-production theory and practice. Editing is the manipulation and arrangement of shots used to structure and present film/video information in ways that convey content visually to viewers. This includes film, television, advertisement, video essays, etc.

Potential Careers

  • Film and video editors
  • Camera operators, television, video and motion pictures
  • Video technicians
  • Special effects artists and animators
  • Media technical directors/managers
  • Broadcast technicians

General Education: (42 semester hours)

Course catalog requirements for Areas A-E are the same as the nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television.

Area F – Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 hours)
  • GFA-1040 – Introduction to Film and Television Post-Production
  • GFA-3040 – Introduction to Editing with Avid Media Composer 100 (6 credit hours) and
  • GFA-4040 – Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 (6 credit hours) OR GFA 4000 – Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Production Apprenticeship (6 credit hours)

Learn more about how nexus degree students benefit from professional training, internships, apprenticeships and job placement opportunities from GGC's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.

Contact LiberalArts@ggc.edu with questions or to learn more.

Professional sound design for film and television

The nexus degree in professional sound design for film and television is an experiential program that provides students with hands-on experience with the tools and techniques of post-production for careers in sound editing. The final and most important element needed to create an immersive film/television experience for the audience. Sound designers work in post-production by recording, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio elements that enhance the mood, atmosphere and/or tone of a film/television episode. Sound design components include sound effects (SFX), mixing, foley, dialogue and music.

Potential Careers

  • Sound engineering technicians
  • Sound editor or mixer
  • Audio technicians
  • Media technical directors/managers
  • Broadcast technicians
  • ADR editor

Learn more about how nexus degree students benefit from professional training, internships, apprenticeships and job placement opportunities from GGC's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy.

Contact LiberalArts@ggc.edu with questions or to learn more.

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