COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus is hoping to be a bigger part of a $7 billion film industry in the state, and it's looking to Columbus State University to help.
The university recently graduated its first class for its new film certificate program.
The program, which collaborates with the Georgia Film Academy, includes 18 hours of course work and internships in the movie industry.
CSU School of the Arts Dean Richard Baxter explained why a program like this is lucrative for the area.
"If we could have between 75 and 100 trained workers in Columbus, then producers would pick Columbus to do their movies because they wouldn't have to import workers from Hollywood or Atlanta," Dean Baxter said.
Dean Baxter added the program is looking to add three more courses to the curriculum so students can get a bachelor's degree in film production.