Film/Video, Design, Effects, & Marketing Certificates | BAVC


Certificates are the ideal way to get a truly personalized education at BAVC: we listen to your goals, assess your needs, and provide a tailored pathway to success. In addition to our career support services, our small class sizes offer opportunities for one-on-one attention from instructors. You’ll emerge with the technical skills and a rebooted professional network of fellow BAVC members to make you truly competitive.

Why get a certificate?

The U.S. Department of Labor, the State of California and leading employers all recognize BAVC certificate holders as having had comprehensive training in their selected field. BAVC Certificate students land new jobs, receive salary increases, start their own businesses and cultivate lifelong collaborators. 

What if I am unemployed? 

If you were recently laid off, check with the unemployment office to see if you qualify for a training stipend. Often this can cover the full cost of your certificate. More info here.

Ready to get started?

Please take a look at the certificates below to see which one is right for you. Click the enroll button to complete the inquiry form. This info is needed to book a 30-minute video consultation with our Advanced Training Manager, Keith Battle. This initial consultation will give you vital information about how to start your certificate and complete it successfully. If you're currently receiving unemployment benefits, we'll go over the process for securing a training stipend and set next steps.


Current Certificates

Certificates are approximately 148 hours of training in BAVC classes and require four-six months to complete (online from anywhere or in-person in the Bay Area). Enrollment is rolling, your schedule is customizable, and you pick the start date of your training.

Learn how to employ effective SEO, shoot and edit video for social marketing, publish a WordPress site, analyze your web site traffic, and code with basic HTML. You can learn how to build a brand on all the important platforms like Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, SMS and Instagram. 

TechSF Eligible 
88 hours total

Video will make up 80% of internet content by 2021. If you're moving a message forward, dreaming of creating your own movie, looking to make your web site more compelling, or you're simply a visual storyteller, it's time to learn how to produce your own video content.

TechSF Eligible 
104 hours total

BAVC's Video Post-production Certificate is for people who understand storytelling basics and embrace new technologies. Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere as well as the basics of Audio Post-production, Color Correction and Adobe After Effects.

TechSF Eligible 
136 hours total

Fast Track Certificates

Fast Track certificates are great for targeting specific skill sets in a short amount of time. They take one-to-two months to complete and are composed of approximately 48-60 hours of BAVC classes (online from anywhere or in-person in the Bay Area). Enrollment is rolling, your schedule is customizable, and you pick the start date.

If you really want to know what folks mean when they say "fix it post" enroll in the Editor Fast Track. You'll learn Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, audio postproduction, aesthetics of editing and color correction, all online with personalized instruction from live expert teachers.  

64 hours total

Want to learn UX or web design on the fly? Start with these employer-prescribed building blocks: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and HTML5. Get in, get out, get building. Includes one year membership at BAVC.

72 hours total

Jump into the movie-making business quickly with these five classes designed to get you shooting, producing and editing now. While we normally (pre-COVID-19) provide all the equipment, we're delivering this Certificate online so you'll need to gather the equipment yourself. A list of recommended equipment will be provided when you meet with our Advanced Training Manager prior to beginning this Certificate.

64 hours total

Enroll in this Digital Marketing Fast Track certificate program if you want to learn social media marketing wrapped in a perfect combo of analytical, creative and optimization skills. We'll help you get the word out and we daresay you'll have fun in the process! Includes one year BAVC membership.

48 hours total

Up your game with this straight-forward introduction to motion graphics and Adobe After Effects. Through these four classes, you'll learn the building blocks of motion graphics. Video editors can increase their hire-ability by knowing how Adobe After Effects works and how it integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer or Apple Final Cut Pro.

56 hours total