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Digital Media Classes & Workshops

Apply now to create stories that matter while learning from professional filmmakers

and graphic designers.


Youth (Ages 11-18)

From technical training to a career in the digital media industry.   

BAYCAT Academy free youth media classes offer students the chance to explore and create digital media, from filmmaking to graphic arts. Youth of color and young women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Graphic Arts

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Canva to create static and motion graphics.



Learn the fundamentals of filmmaking as you create short documentary videos. You will learn how to conduct interviews, work with DLSR cameras & lighting, and edit in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Learn about our Graphic Arts classes. 


Can I fill out a paper application?

Applications are only accepted on the BAYCAT website. If you lack access to a computer, you may come to BAYCAT’s office to use a computer here.

What can I expect after I apply online?

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

How are the students selected?

Youth applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. BAYCAT prioritizes returning students, youth of color, low-income youth, youth who reside in San Francisco, and youth who attend SFUSD schools.

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

At this time, BAYCAT Academy only provides programming for middle and high school youth (grades 6-12). If you are 18-25 years old, check out our paid internship opportunities.


Young Adult Workshops

Free one-day introductory project-based workshops that provide technical training where participants have the opportunity to gain hands-on job experience. All programs are led by industry professionals who offer training in Adobe Suite Programs and film production techniques.


Women and people of color between the ages of 18 - 25 are strongly encouraged to apply. All workshops are conducted on select Saturdays and lunch is provided.


Types of workshops include: Intro to Production, Editing with Adobe Premiere, Intro to filmmaking with 360 Cameras.


Workshops on Wheels

We work with schools and community-based nonprofits to develop media production workshops for their students. The workshops provide hands-on training with professional equipment and guide the students in creating a promotional video for the organization, like the one produced with the youth of the United Playaz. For the United Playaz workshop, we facilitated four sessions that included creative development, production, planning and training, and two afternoons of filming. 

Interested in a workshop?