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Next Gen

Helping young media makers tell their own stories.

Don’t just consume media, make it. Learn how to tell your own story through audio, music, animation, video, game design and coding using high-quality equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment. If you are in the Bay Area, between 14-18 years old, you are eligible to be part of Next Gen, BAVC’s FREE after school youth program, winner of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards presented by Michelle Obama.

Participants of Next Gen will:

  • Work with award-winning filmmakers, animators, designers, coders, practicing artists, and musicians.
  • Receive unparalleled technical training in a creative community of peers.
  • Engage in opportunities for professional growth through field trips and access to industry professionals.
  • Earn college credit at San Francisco State University and gain access to college resources.  
  • Receive meals and transportation stipends.
  • Attend Open Lab at BAVC each Friday. Advanced track students are required to attend Open Labs each week.

Applications for Fall 2018 are not yet open. If you're interested in applying, please click below to provide your contact information so we can email you once the application is up! If you have questions, email youthprograms@bavc.org.

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Beginner Tracks 

Audio: BUMP Records

Mondays and Wednesdays - 4:30-7PM

Learn audio engineering, digital recording and mixing techniques. In BUMP you will develop your own music projects for BAVC’s in-house record label, BUMP Records, and get hands-on experience in producing, packaging, and promoting the recordings. Express yourself, tell your story, revolutionize the game! No previous experience is required. Youth interested in music, rap, hip-hop, beats, song-writing, and performing are encouraged to apply.

Semester Topics 
Beat Making, Songwriting, Producing
September 28-December 13
Recording, Mixing, Engineering, Performing
February 7 - May 9
Sound Bytes

Beginning Video Production: Reel Life

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-7PM

Create short films that inspire social change. Come and learn a wide array of video production techniques using high quality equipment and software, such as DSLR cameras and Adobe editing programs. You will build vital leadership and media literacy skills while gaining hands-on production experience and becoming well versed in the art of filmmaking. Self-expression and creativity are emphasized along with social responsibility. No experience necessary.

Semester Topics 
Semester One
September 27 - December 13
Semester Two
February 8 - May 8
Reel Life

Game Code Design

Mondays and Wednesdays - 4:30-7PM

Starting with 2D games and the basic building blocks of code; then moving into web design, sound, and interactive coding, and finally, working as a mock game design studio, you will create 3D and Virtual Reality games with complex character design and advanced programming. Learn about persons of color and women who contributed to history of computers, and discuss current events in programming and gaming that are relevant to social justice. No programming, design or gaming experience is required. Youth interested in graphic design and animation, coding, and puzzles are also encouraged to take this course.

Semester Topics 
Semester One
September 27 - December 13
Semester Two
February 7 - May 9
Game Code Design is the coding training and experience for BAVC youth in San Francisco, CA
Advanced Tracks 

Advanced Video Production: The Factory

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-7PM Learn to create short videos for wide audiences for national and international film festivals, showcases and online digital distribution. Through advanced storytelling techniques using DSLR cameras, creative cinematography techniques, unsynced audio, and more advanced post-production, participant filmmakers will create fiction, non-fiction documentaries, music videos, experiment pieces and public service announcements. Filmmakers are encouraged to explore issues important to them while also making videos that touch on issues of social justice. The Factory is a prestigious program that began roughly in 2002 but got the name in 2006 when BAVC merged with Youth Sounds. Recommended experience: Previous work in video or animation recommended, video editing experience required, and/or enrollment in BAVC Next Reel Life or Social Media for Social Justice class.

Semester Topics 
Group film projects
September 28 - December 13
Personal Film Projects
February 8 - May 8
The Factory

Animation

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-7PM

Participants with an interest in visual art and animation will learn essential techniques for studying and creating motion. Explore a number of different techniques that range from traditional frame animation, to modern applications in motion graphics and video game sprites. Then bring your imagination to life through individual projects and collaborative exercises. No previous animation experience required; drawing skills beneficial but not needed for techniques such as digital motion graphics.

Recommended experience: Past experience with drawing and sketching is helpful but not required. An interest in animation, motion-graphics, or 2D games is required

 

Semester Topics 
2-D, Hand-drawn, Stop Motion Animation
September 28 - December 13
3D Animation, Motion Graphics, Games, and VR
February 8 - May 8
BAVC Next Gen Track - Animation
Day-Day, hip hop artist and BUMP Records alumni

There are so many different people here who you can connect with. BAVC gave me the opportunity to actually find my voice.

Day Day
BUMP Records recording artist
Justin Reed

I learned that I can do more than I thought I could to take my dreams and turn them into a reality.

Justin Reed
2015 Bridges Fellow
Alex Ling

I've always planned on being in the game industry, and now that I've had a taste of it thanks to BAVC I'm motivated to keep going.

Alex Ling
Former Next Gen Student

Next Gen Student Work

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Concrete Canvas

Concrete Canvas

what a woman's suppose to look like

what a woman's supposed to look like

Rotate - Luna (In Arms Release Party Show)

Rotate - Luna (In Arms Release Party Show)

The Galloping Knights

The Galloping Knights

STOP.

STOP.

A Harmonious Cacophony

A Harmonious Cacophony

BAVC's NextGen Programs

BAVC's NextGen Programs

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