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 video, music, animation, game design and coding using high-quality equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment. If you are between the ages 14-17, you are eligible to join Next Gen, BAVC’s FREE after school youth program - winner of the 2017 San Francisco Magazine Best After School Program and the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. 

Participants of Next Gen will:

  • Work with award-winning filmmakers, animators, designers, coders, practicing artists, and musicians
  • Receive unparalleled technical training in a supportive and creative community
  • Engage in opportunities for professional growth including a field trip, guest speakers, a financial literacy workshop, and meeting professionals in the media arts
  • Create a project to showcase at the Spring 2020 celebration
  • Develop a positive sense of self and identity through engagement in projects aligned with community advocacy
  • Identify best practices in interviewing and resume writing
  • Earn a $250 stipend in Spring 2020 as you apply what you’ve learned to a client project with a community-based organization
  • Applications Extended! Spring 2020 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 12th, 2020.

Apply Today! 



The Next Gen program is a semester-length immersive experience. We encourage and support students attending multiple semesters. BAVC allows a total of five excused absences during the program. Only apply to Next Gen programs if you can commit to the schedule for your desired track (as follows):

Spring Semester – February 18, 2020 - May 21, 2020

All tracks offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30pm​

1st Day of Class + Welcome Night for all students and families – Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Last Day of Class/Spring Celebration Rehearsal - May 21, 2020

Spring Celebration (Location: TBD) – May 22, 2020

Can't commit to the Spring 2020 schedule?
Fall 2020 Applications will be available on TBD
Fall 2020 classes will begin on TBD

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Beginner Tracks 

Audio: BUMP Records

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 4:30-6:30PM

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, and revolutionize the game! No previous experience is required. Youth interested in music, rap, hip-hop, beats, songwriting, and performing are encouraged to apply.

BUMP Records students in the recording studio

Game Code Design

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 4:30-6:30PM

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 encouraged to take this course.

Game Code Design students playing with VR
Advanced Tracks 

Video Production: The Factory

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30PM

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 in 2002 but got the name in 2006 when BAVC merged with Youth Sounds.

Factory students on set


Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30PM

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.

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


Animation students mid project
Douglas Chen Next Gen Factory student

I think it’s important for young people to tell their stories, to make a difference in society.

Douglas Chen
Next Gen's The Factory
Marley Nelson Next Gen Factory Student

Everything that I’ve learned about video production has happened here at bavc. Media literacy, media production, and even just learning how to network. It gives younger generations and older generations more of an understanding of what we want and what we need.

Marley Nelson
Next Gen's The Factory
Jessica Skeva Next Gen 2018 Factory Student

BAVC is a great space for media makers to get together and empower themselves through media.

Jessie Skeva
Next Gen, The Factory

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



A Harmonious Cacophony

A Harmonious Cacophony

BAVC's NextGen Programs

BAVC's NextGen Programs

Current Sponsors + Partners

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