Clayton State launches film, media certificate program

Clayton State University is taking major steps to be a leader in Georgia’s $7 billion film industry and filling a gap for individuals who want to create their own independent projects.

The University’s Film and Digital Media Center has hired a new director and has launched a Film and Digital Media Certificate program for fall 2017.

Glynn Beard will lead efforts to revamp the Center’s film and digital media programming to be relevant for industry demands.

“There’s a window of opportunity in content creation,” he says. “I want to see the next generation of films shot in Georgia, written Georgia, with Georgia writers and producers.”

Beard is an award-winning independent filmmaker for the last 20 years. The Vancouver, Canada native had been a staple at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival since its inception in 1984, initially submitted three shorts to film event in the late 80s.

Classes will be taught at Clayton State University’s main campus in Morrow and at the university’s film studio at Lucy Huie Hall in Jonesboro.