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.

The application is rolling starting in August of every year. 

Applications for the first Trimester are due by September 16th! Click here to apply!



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

Next Gen'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.