• Youth Media Classes for ages 11 – 17


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  • Young Adult Internships
    for ages 18 – 25


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Free classes in filmmaking and digital media
for youth and young adult

Through project-based learning and access to the latest digital technology,
BAYCAT ACADEMY students are able to learn professional media applications
while discovering their innate artistic abilities.

By encouraging students to collaborate with each other, their families, and the world around them,
we strive to build a community enriched by the experience of creative expression.

Youth Media Classes

For ages 11 – 17

BAYCAT youth media classes are a hands on experience for kids ages 11-17 to explore and create digital media. All students will collaborate on an episode of BAYCAT’s long-running youth-produced show “Zoom In.” Students will work within educational tracks to specialize in an area that interests them.

BAYCAT Academy Young Adult Programs

Young Adult Internships & Workshops

For ages 18 – 25

BAYCAT internships provide technical training for aspiring media producers and an opportunity to work with our partners at BAYCAT STUDIO to gain hands-on experience in the digital media industry.

BAYCAT Academy: Workshop on Wheels

Workshops on Wheels

For schools and community organizations

BAYCAT Educational Workshops are hands-on training that enable the participants of local schools, nonprofits and organizations to effectively and immediately integrate digital media into their programming and communication efforts.

Youth Media Classes

For Ages 11 – 17

BAYCAT youth media classes are a hands on experience for kids ages 11-17 to explore and create digital media. All students will collaborate on an episode of BAYCAT’s long-running youth-produced show “Zoom In.” Students will work within educational tracks to specialize in an area that interests them.

What Youth Media Producers Say

In this video produced & edited by BAYCAT Academy Alumnus, John Tompkins you will learn directly from students about the experience of being part of the BAYCAT family.

Miguel finds a second home at BAYCAT. It’s place that helps him stay out of trouble and to learn how to make cool media.

Lamar likes to draw. At school, and while waiting for the bus. He needed to find a place that would help him to express his creativity. “You will figure out your future, if you come to BAYCAT.”

Stella used to spend a lot of time watching shows on TV. Now she spends her time making them. She wants to share her story to help other teenagers.

What Track Will You Take?

Documentary Filmmaking

Learn the fundamentals of documentary theory and criticism and the basics of filmmaking techniques. You will learn how to conduct interviews, work with DLSR cameras & lighting, and edit 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.

Graphic Arts and Animation

You will learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to make a variety of graphic arts and animation projects.

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.

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. At this time, BAYCAT can only accept students who are in grades 6th – 12th.

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).

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Young Adult Internships

For Ages 18 – 25

BAYCAT internships provide technical training for aspiring media producers and an opportunity to work with
our partners at BAYCAT STUDIO to gain hands-on experience in the digital media industry.

What Young Adults Share About their Internship Experience

In this video produced & edited by BAYCAT Interns, you will learn directly from them about their experience of being part of the paid internship program at BAYCAT and their collaboration with our professional Studio.

Iman

Iman Rodney grew up and still lives in Bayview Hunters Point. At BAYCAT, he found his passion for filmmaking when he was 13.  Overcoming the odds of young boys like him, 7+ years later, as a young adult and graduate of BAYCAT’s Pathways Internship Program, he has landed his dream job.

Liz

Liz left Nicaragua to follow her dream: to work in the filmmaking industry. Her dream has come true at BAYCAT. She is employed full-time as a Studio Project Manager at BAYCAT Studio in San Francisco.

Brennan

Brennan wanted to become a filmmaker. At BAYCAT, he not only learned that, he also learned how to be an entrepreneur and opened his own production company, Four Times Films.  He was hired by Strike Anywhere Films & Barry Jenkins to help produce Facebook’s 10 Year Birthday Video.

FROM TECHNICAL TRAINING TO REAL JOBS

Gain hands-on experience in the digital media industry.

Iman Rodney

“I really can’t express how it feels to know that BAYCAT was there for me and you are the reason I have the job at the Giants! Thank you so much for getting me this opportunity!  You have been a huge part of my life and continue to be a huge part of my future.  I plan on being one of your many success stories.”

Iman RodneyBAYCAT Academy and Pathways Internship Graduate
Joseph Roland

“Thank you so much for always thinking of ways to connect me to new opportunities. I wouldn’t have gotten here without BAYCAT and I am so thankful for everything this program has opened up to me.”

Joseph RolandBAYCAT Pathways Intern Graduate

Workshops on Wheels

For all ages

BAYCAT Educational Workshops are hands-on training that enable the participants of local schools, nonprofits and organizations to effectively and immediately integrate digital media into their programming and communication efforts.

We believe the world would be a better place if socially-minded organizations and schools could leverage better the power of visual storytelling. That’s the goal of our “Workshops on Wheels.”

Through hands-on training and real-life setting, we enable the participants of local schools, nonprofits and organizations to effectively and immediately integrate digital media into their programming and communication efforts. In fact, at the end of the Workshop, BAYCAT staff will provide a professionally produced promotional video for the organization.

Please note: BAYCAT strives to provide workshops for schools, nonprofits and organizations in the SF Bay Area who serve youth ages 11-18.

See What We’ve Created With Our Partners

What Our Partners Say

Katie Waddle

BAYCAT helped me to teach an enrichment class in video production last spring.  I have never had a more positive experience with an outside organization.  They were incredibly responsive, professional, good with kids, and a pleasure to work with.  The kids kept asking when we were going back, and BAYCAT was even super flexible about coming to our school to do a video shoot.  I was very pleased with the final product of our collaboration, and we’re using the promo video we made in all of our school materials – it’s at the top of our school website!

Katie WaddleTeacher, SFIHS
Jennifer Collins

Beautiful! Amazing! I am thrilled at this production! Such great work! It would be great to strategize sharing if this lovely promo. Partnerships…yay! 

Jennifer CollinsSF Public Library
Christopher Street
We appreciate your willingness and ability to design and implement a specialized project and activity for our group. A “thank you” to your support staff and a special “thank you” to your interns for their efforts to capture the pure essence of our our program, mission and service. They were very respectful and kind.  We truly honor your support and cooperation.
We look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and partner.
Christopher StreetProgram Manager,
Urban Ed Academy