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Film & Television Post-Production

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Certification Description

In 2018, the GFA partnered with Avid Technology, the leading post-production hardware/software company for long format editing, to become an official training hub. With a state-of-the-art post-production facility (including a new remote access platform) at Trilith Studios, the GFA supports hands-on and online training for undergraduate students, high school teachers, and professionals in the field. Further, the GFA provides internships as well as certifications in Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.

Step One

6 Credits

This course is the first of an 18-credit hour certification in “Film & Television Post-Production.” Students will operate various professional non-linear editing (NLE) systems, with a focus on practical skills and essential knowledge of editing, including file management, footage logs, timecodes, proxies, edit decision lists (EDLs), synchronization, transitions, simple effects, basic audio mixing and file exports. Additionally, students will explore the terminology, department hierarchy, history and theory of editing and sound design through topics such as continuity style, montage, juxtaposition of images, development of sound design, and linear and flat-bed editing. Students will also develop an understanding and awareness of current post-production industry standards and workflow practices. This course is the prerequisite for ALL other GFA courses in the “Film & Television Post-Production” Certification Pathway.

The class includes creative video editing projects on various NLE systems that require the usage of the practical skills learned. The second project will utilize Avid editing programs, working with the industry-standard software.

Step Two

Choose One
6 Credits

The tools and techniques of post-production are presented through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. The foundation of the curriculum is the industry-standard Avid Media Composer Certified Training in the most recent Fundamentals 1 (MC101) and Fundamentals 2 (MC110) courses. Avid’s curriculum will be supplemented with elemental post-production information, including: current processes, procedures and terminology; project organization; digital file codecs; audio sample rates; finishing processes; and introductory troubleshooting.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the skills needed for entry level positions in film and television post-production. Students will demonstrate knowledge of industry standards, tools and techniques related to preparation of dailies, media management, editing, audio mixing, audio effects, visual effects, color correction, and digital file delivery. Emphasis will be placed on understanding industry working conditions and employer expectations.

Rigorous study of the MC101 and MC110 books, combined with hands-on practice, in and outside of class, will greatly aid in successfully passing Avid’s two certification exams. While Avid certification is not required for successful completion of the course, passing the two certification exams will earn the student the credential of Avid Media Composer Certified User, recognized worldwide as an industry standard for editors in feature film and broadcast television.

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6 Credits

The theory and practices of film and television editing are presented through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. The curriculum is designed to incorporate the industry-standard Avid Media Composer Certified Training in the most recent Fundamentals 1 (MC101) and Fundamentals 2 (MC110) courses. Avid’s certification training is supplemented with academic curriculum, including but not limited to: an historical overview of the editing process and tools; current processes, procedures and terminology; project organization; digital file codecs and audio sample rates; an introduction to concepts and tools of color grading; and introductory troubleshooting. Technical operations are covered, including ingesting footage, preparation of dailies, media management, picture editing, audio mixing, audio effects, visual effects, color correction, and digital file delivery.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the skills needed for entry-level positions in film and television post-production. Emphasis will be placed on understanding industry standards and employer expectations for professional film and television post-production.

Rigorous study of the MC101 and MC110 books, combined with hands-on practice, in and outside of class, will greatly aid in successfully passing Avid’s two certification exams. While Avid certification is not required for successful completion of the course, passing the two certification exams will earn the student the credential of Avid Media Composer Certified User, recognized worldwide as an industry standard for editors in feature film and broadcast television.

6 Credits

Fundamentals of Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 100 provides students with a broad base of knowledge that will prepare them for entry-level positions within a post-production sound design team. Topics include, but are not limited to, the equipment, techniques, terminology, communications, and processes used in the post-production sound design department. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an Avid Pro Tools Certified User.

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6 Credits

The theory and practices of film and television sound design are presented through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. The curriculum is designed to incorporate the industry standard Avid Pro Tools Certified Training in the most recent Fundamentals 1 (PT101) and Fundamentals 2 (PT110) courses. Avid’s certification training is supplemented with academic curriculum, including but not limited to: an historical overview of the sound design process and tools; current processes, procedures and terminology; project organization; audio sample rates and file types; audio manipulation; and introductory troubleshooting. Technical operations are covered, including: creating sessions; recording and importing audio and MIDI; multi-track recordings of live audio; editing session media; MIDI sequences and virtual instruments; navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks; and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the skills needed for entry level positions in film and television post-production. Emphasis will be placed on understanding industry standards and employer expectations for professional film and television post production.

Rigorous study of the PT101 and PT110 books, combined with hands-on practice, in and outside of class, will greatly aid in successfully passing Avid’s two certification exams. While Avid certification is not required for successful completion of the course, passing the two certification exams will earn the student the credential of Avid Pro Tools Certified User, recognized worldwide as an industry standard for sound editors in feature film and broadcast television.

Step Three

Choose One
6 Credits

The theory and practices of film and television sound design are presented through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. The curriculum is designed to incorporate the industry standard Avid Pro Tools Certified Training in the most recent Fundamentals 1 (PT101) and Fundamentals 2 (PT110) courses. Avid’s certification training is supplemented with academic curriculum, including but not limited to: an historical overview of the sound design process and tools; current processes, procedures and terminology; project organization; audio sample rates and file types; audio manipulation; and introductory troubleshooting. Technical operations are covered, including: creating sessions; recording and importing audio and MIDI; multi-track recordings of live audio; editing session media; MIDI sequences and virtual instruments; navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks; and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the skills needed for entry level positions in film and television post-production. Emphasis will be placed on understanding industry standards and employer expectations for professional film and television post production.

Rigorous study of the PT101 and PT110 books, combined with hands-on practice, in and outside of class, will greatly aid in successfully passing Avid’s two certification exams. While Avid certification is not required for successful completion of the course, passing the two certification exams will earn the student the credential of Avid Pro Tools Certified User, recognized worldwide as an industry standard for sound editors in feature film and broadcast television.

or
6 Credits

GFA 4000: Film, Television & Digital Entertainment Apprenticeship provides students with career development through experiential learning in film/television or esports/game development environments, such as shooting sets, production offices, post-production, esports and/or game development facilities and ancillary businesses, under the advisement of industry experts. The course is offered in cooperation with IATSE 479 and companies like Disney, Netflix, HBO, Skillshot Media, Axis Replay and others. Apprentices will research career paths and develop a portfolio of work.

Choose one additional course from Step 2
6 Credits
PREQ: GFA 2040 or GFA 3040

GFA 4040: Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 is a skills-based course to further develop the tools and techniques of post-production for advanced careers in editing. Students participate in creative, narrative editing projects to demonstrate proficiency in post production theory and practice. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an Avid Media Composer Certified Professional.

The theory and practices of film and television editing are presented through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. The curriculum is designed to incorporate the industry standard Avid Media Composer Certified Training in the most recent Professional Editing 1 (MC201) and Professional Editing 2 (MC210) courses. Avid’s certification training is supplemented with academic curriculum, including but not limited to: advanced picture editing techniques, multi-camera editing, implementing graphics and mattes, and optimizing workflows. Technical operations are covered, including compositing, 3D Warp effect, color correction, audio tools and effects featured included in Media Composer.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the skills needed for advanced careers in film and television post-production. Emphasis will be placed on understanding industry standards and employer expectations for professional film and television editing.

Rigorous study of the MC201 and MC210 books, combined with hands-on practice, in and outside of class, will greatly aid in successfully passing Avid’s two certification exams. While Avid certification is not required for successful completion of the course, passing the two certification exams will earn the student the credential of Avid Media Composer Certified Professional, recognized worldwide as an industry standard for editors in feature film and broadcast television.

6 Credits
PREQ: GFA 2140 or GFA 3140

Advanced Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 200 is a skills-based course to further develop the tools and techniques of post-production sound design for advanced careers in sound editing. Students participate in creative, narrative sound design projects to demonstrate proficiency in post-production sound design theory and practice. During the course, students have the opportunity to certify as an advanced Avid Pro Tools Certified Professional.