Thank you for applying to Next Gen's Tracks, a free after-school media arts education program in San Francisco, available for people ages 14-18 years old. You will learn how to tell your own story and stories of people you care about through audio, video, design and gaming using industry-standard equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment. Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders, animators, practicing artists, and musicians, Next Gen participants receive unparalleled technical training in a creative community of peers, along with opportunities for professional growth and direct access to industry professionals.  All participants are eligible to receive college credit from San Francisco State University.  Best of all, BAVC's youth programs are entirely free of cost (and provide snacks!) for all participants.

Please note that for parts of the application you might need information from a parent/guardian/ally, so make sure they're available to help out while you're filling it out. If accepted a parent/guardian/ally will also need to be available for orientation night each semester. 

Deadline to apply: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Some of our classes, or tracks, are entry-level, for people just starting out and others are more advanced, requiring some foundational knowledge before acceptance. Students who complete both semesters, in any class, are eligible to receive a paid summer capstone experience or internship to gain experience in the industry. 


If you are applying for Beginner Tracks, you can select courses related to any of the three tracks:

Game Code Design (meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-7:00 pm)

BUMP Records (meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-7:00 pm)

Video production, Reel Life (meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 pm)

Audio production

If you are applying for the Advanced Tracks, you can select courses related to these two tracks:

Video production, The Factory (meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 pm)

Animation (meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00 pm)


Advanced tracks require Next Generation applicants to submit some sort of portfolio or work sample during the interview process.

All students will be required and encouraged to attend Open Labs on Fridays from 4:00-6:30 pm in order to have additional opportunities.

The spring semester consists of 11 weeks of class (22 classes total plus Friday open labs). Attendance of at least 90% is required to stay enrolled in the program. Students who are enrolled in the BAVC Next Gen Tracks can qualify to receive college credit from San Francisco State University. Only apply to Next Gen programs if you can commit to the schedule for your desired track (as follows):

Spring Semester Schedule: 
Spring Semester: February 7, 2018 - May 10, 2018

Orientation Night for Game Code Design and BUMP Records: Wednesday February 7, 2018
Orientation Night for Reel Life, The Factory students and Animation students: Thursday February 8, 2018

Spring Break: March 26-30, 2018
End of year celebration: Thursday May 10th, 2018

Current Contact Information
Now some basic information that will us know get to know you and be able to get in contact with you. Please make sure this information is as accurate as possible. 

Current Street Address

Ex: 2727 Mariposa St. Suite 200 

ex: San Francisco

Parent / Guardian / Ally

Demographic Information

We ask for the following information for the purposes of helping our staff use the most respectful language when addressing you, understanding our population better, and fulfilling our grant reporting requirements. The options for some of these questions were provided by our funders. Please help us serve you better by selecting the best answers to these questions. The information provided in this form is confidential.

Gender identity is one's personal experience of one's own gender. Gender identity can correlate with assigned sex at birth, or can differ from it completely. People can have many identities that you use. 

“Cis-gender” is a term that relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. “Transgender” is a term that relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. “Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

While race and ethnicity share an ideology of common ancestry, they differ in several ways. First of all, race is primarily unitary. You can have one race, while you can claim multiple ethnic affiliations. Race refers to a person's physical characteristics, such as bone structure and skin, hair, or eye color. Ethnicity, however, refers to cultural factors, including nationality, regional culture, ancestry, and language.

Through this program, BAVC hopes to meet the needs of young people who have faced multiple barriers to academic or career success. All of the information in this form is confidential. 

Household Information
BAVC Next Gen aims to serve a diverse population of young people in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly those identified as low-income and extremely low-income based on the Housing and Urban Development regulations. 

Some of the following information may be difficult to answer based on your current living situation and resources available at the time of this application. Please answer to the best of your ability. 

This information is subject to verification upon acceptance. 

How did you hear about Next Gen at BAVC?
The BAVC staff works hard to make sure we can find and meet the needs of the community, trying to serve the people who could benefit from our programs. This information helps us continue to do better. 

Schedule an Interview 
To be considered for this program, you will need to attend an in-person interview. These in-person interviews will happen between January 15-25, 2017. These interviews help the BAVC staff get to know you as a person and help decide where BAVC can best serve you. 

Please note: if you are applying for either of the advanced tracks, Animation or The Factory, you will be required to share a work sample or portfolio at the interview. 

Make sure to check your email in January for the scheduled interview time. 

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