Zoom In 36: short films and animations about media representation.

Fall 2017 Classes Begin September 18th. Apply Today!

Program Dates

September 18th – December 7th

Classes Offered

Digital Music Production: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Filmmaking: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Graphic Arts & Animations: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Video produced & edited by John Tompkins, BAYCAT Academy Alumnus.

Youth Media Classes

Ages 11 – 18 (grades 6th – 12th)

Like to draw or doodle? Love movies or music videos and want to make your own? Come to BAYCAT!

Imagine yourself directing a music video, making animations, or shooting a documentary!

You’ll be in a class with other creative kids and instructors who are real pros.

Together, you’ll create projects as a part of the tv show, Zoom In!

BAYCAT Youth Media Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I fill out a paper application?

A: Applications are only accepted on the BAYCAT website.

Q: What can I expect after I apply online?

A: The Academy team will review your application. If we are able to offer you a spot in the term, a member of the team will contact you using the email address provided in your application.

Q: How are students selected to participate in BAYCAT?

A: Youth applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. BAYCAT prioritizes returning students, students and families who identify as low-income, students who reside in the SF Bay Area and students who attend SFUSD schools.

Q:Can I apply to BAYCAT if I am not in middle school or high school?

A: At this time, BAYCAT can only provide programming for middle and high school youth (grades 6th – 12th).

We want to work with you! Sign up for a class today!

What Track Will You Take?

Documentary Filmmaking

You will learn the fundamentals of documentary theory and criticism and the basics of filmmaking techniques. By working on various projects, you will learn how to conduct interviews, work with DLSR cameras & lighting, and editing in Premiere Pro.
Music Production

You will learn to make beats, record sound and vocals, and digitally edit audio tracks. The class will cover musical arrangement, songwriting, and production in ProTools.
Music Video Production

You will learn the history and theory of music videos and will work on a series of music videos, while mastering the skills of cinematography, lighting, art direction, editing and more.
Graphic Arts

You will learn the basics of graphic arts using Adobe software, and will build up to design and create special effects and motion graphics in collaboration with the filmmaking students.
Motion Graphics

You will learn the basics of motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, and will build up to design and create and graphics and title sequences in collaboration with the filmmaking students.

What Youth Media Producers Say

Meet Your Instructors and Mentors

Taking a class at BAYCAT Academy is a great way to learn new and useful skills but it’s also FUN. We have our talented instructors to thank for that. You will learn from experienced digital media professionals with a passion for training the next generation.

Here they are:

<p style="text-align: center;">Amber Yada</p>

Amber Yada

Graphic Arts & Animation Instructor

Amber has dreamt of becoming an animator since she was 7 years old. In high school, she attended the month-long California State Summer School for the Arts, at CalArts in Valencia, where she discovered that a career in animation was not just a dream, but a real possibility. At BAYCAT, Amberhopes to echo that experience for the youth in our programs. After studying at SFSU and CCSF, she started at BAYCAT in 2009, leaving in 2010 to focus on raising a baby. Amber is overjoyed to return to where her heart is. When not at BAYCAT she is playing rainbow-cat-unicorns with her daughter, watching obscure animation, and advocating for educational equity for all SF students. She still has a VHS player and lots of video tapes.

<p style="text-align: center;">Nina Reyes Rosenberg</p>

Nina Reyes Rosenberg

Film Instructor & Program Coordinator

Nina is a Mexican­-American and Jewish visual storyteller with a passion for films and art that empower underrepresented people and communities. She has been honored as a finalist for the Latino Screenwriting Project, Women in Film Finishing Fund, and the Iris Prize for excellence in short filmmaking. Her films have screened at festivals such as Outfest, Bay Area Women in Film, and the Center for Asian American Media. As an independent creator and formerly in-house at Change.org and Portal A, she has directed and produced videos that increase the visibility of social justice movements, as well as commercial and music videos. When she’s not making or watching movies, she’s curating art shows and facilitating creative workshops for youth. She holds a BFA in Filmmaking from New York University, and is based in her hometown of San Francisco.

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