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New film and music studio for GPTC

CLARKSTON – Georgia Piedmont Technical College will cut the ribbon on its new Design and Media Production Technology Studio and Labs on July 24 and join the growing entertainment industry in the metro Atlanta area,

The new studio facility will accommodate students interested in the fields of music production, television, 3D animation, visual graphics and broadcast writing. This studio will supplement an iMac computer lab that opened its doors to students in the previous fall semester. Under GPTC’s recording and production programs, students would complete their first year of core requirements in the Mac lab before moving on to get more in-depth experience in the studio.

“We are training our students to become ready for the film and music industry,” said GPTC Director of Public Relations Zaundra Brown. “As we all know, Atlanta is now the Hollywood of the South, so we want them to be ready for the industry.”

GPTC Director of Program Development Cory Thompson said that construction on the studio began in January and was completed in late April. With enrollment for the fall semester still under way, GPTC is still admitting students for the recording and production programs.

Along with GPTC President Dr. Jabari Simama, guests such as CNN representatives and Grammy Award-winning producer Teddy Riley will be present at the studio’s open house commencement. Riley has worked with numerous renowned artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet and Heavy D. He will also take part in the everyday goings-on of the studio, and has helped plan the course of study for students in its programs.

“Teddy will serve on the advisory committee, and let us know what all equipment and curriculum we need,” said Thompson. “He really helped with developing the program.”

The open house ceremony will be held at the GPTC Conference Center at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by July 18 to Carmen Lewis at lewisc@gptc.edu or 404-297-9522 ext. 1281.