Next Gen

Helping young media makers tell their own stories.

Don’t just consume media. Learn how to tell your own story through audio, video, and design using industry-standard equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment. Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders, and practicing artists and musicians, Next Gen participants, ages 14-18, receive unparalleled technical training in a creative community of peers, along with opportunities for professional growth and direct access to industry professionals.  All of BAVC's youth programs are entirely free of cost (and provide snacks!) for all participants.  Applications will open for Fall 2016 in August.

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Beginner Tracks 

Audio: Sound Bytes

Learn audio engineering, digital recording and mixing techniques. Participants apply their skills to key areas of the audio, music and news industry, such as audio post-production, sound design for film and radio/podcast.

Trimester Topics 
Podcasting
September 28 – December 11
Beat Making
January 11 – March 11
Audio for Films
March 21 – May 27
Sound Bytes

Video: Reel Life

Participants learn a wide array of video production techniques using professional cameras, equipment and software. Students in this track gain exceptional skills in all aspects of storytelling through video production.

Trimester Topics 
Documentary
September 28 – December 11
Personal Narrative
January 11 – March 11
Music Video
March 21 – May 27
Reel Life

Game Code Design

Participants learn how to create, code and design games, building skills across a variety of disciplines from advertising design, programming and animation, using Photoshop, Illustrator, Unity, and Javascript. No experience is necessary, however interest in design, programming and game concepts is encouraged.

Trimester Topics 
Graphic Design
September 28 – December 11
Coding
January 11 – March 11
Web Game Design
March 21 – May 27
Game Code Design
Advanced Tracks 

BUMP Records

BUMP Records participants develop their own high quality music projects for BAVC’s in-house record label and get hands-on experience in producing, packaging, and promoting their recordings. Participants learn how to build an online portfolio and use social media professionally; develop their video, web and graphic design skills; and improve their chops as performers and public speakers. Includes a paid summer capstone or internship experience.

BUMP Records

The Factory

Factory participants create professional-quality short films, music videos and public service announcements. They are encouraged to explore issues important to them through narrative, documentary and video art. Includes paid summer capstone or internship experience.

The Factory
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

Rotate - Luna (In Arms Release Party Show)

Rotate - Luna (In Arms Release Party Show)

The Galloping Knights

The Galloping Knights

Current Sponsors + Partners

Our youth programs wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners.