Next Gen Programs at BAVC (Tracks: ages 14-18 and Bridges Fellows: 18-26)


BAVC’s Next Gen program offers flexible pathways for young people from diverse neighborhoods across the Bay Area to increase their storytelling, social justice and media arts skills. Participants are encouraged to develop their artistic talents while receiving advanced, industry-standard training in digital media production. Ultimately, our goal is to help young adults gain experience and opportunities that lead to media arts careers, entrepreneurship and post-secondary pathways.

We also focus on developing leadership and "soft" skills (e.g. presentation skills, interview skills, self-advocacy, media literacy) students need to successfully collaborate and produce high-quality creative products and professional portfolios. Tailored to each participant’s interests, BAVC’s pathway model helps young adults pursue new education and employment opportunities while using media as a tool for self-expression, social action and discovery.

Although the application deadline has passed we are still accepting applications for a limited number of spots left in G:URL GAMERS, Sound Bytes, Reel Life & The Factory. Click here to apply.

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Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders and practicing artists and musicians, TRACKS students develop their artistic voices while gaining critical job readiness and interpersonal skills. In addition to producing professional portfolios in audio engineering, video production or web/code/design, students also receive a paid summer internship or capstone experience to gain industry experience.

Advanced Tracks

Students get hands-on experience in developing, producing, packaging and promoting their own high quality media productions through two advanced production tracks: The Factory, which focuses on video production, and BUMP Records, which focuses on audio engineering.

Bridges Fellowship 

NextGen’s Bridges Fellowship asks “What can young adults learn from media arts professions that can help them make a difference and impact their lives, their careers, and their communities for the better?” Participants ages 18-26 will investigate how artists, media makers and start-up innovators make their living as successful media entrepreneurs while exploring the connection between media-making and social justice.
During the Fellowship, participants will enhance or develop a portfolio, resume, and LinkedIn profile while gaining public speaking skills, interview techniques and communication strategies to build their professional networks. Fellows can expect exposure to a variety of media arts and technology careers through guest speakers and field trips (to companies such as Zynga, Dolby, UbiSoft, Sequence, Pixar, YouTube, and others). Fellows will also gain skills in developing a budget and financial management, preparing them to pitch a project that they will receive $500 in seed funding to complete over the summer months.
The Fellowship consists of an intensive week-long series of workshops and trainings and a two month follow-up period of self-directed or group work on a final project, culminating in a presentation at the Next Gen Bridges Fellowship symposium.

During the week-long intensive, Fellows will receive training and support from Peer Mentors and a team of professionals in the video, audio, and gaming-production, design and coding industries to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.