a non-profit media arts center in San Francisco dedicated to making technology availible to "independant mediamakers".


The membership based Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC, pronounced "Bay-Vac") offers training and facilities to the Bay Area media community. In addition they have a training program for low-income youth, an archive program to perserve cultural and artistically signifcant audio and videotape, and offer training to other non-profits.

In addition BAVC offers awards, residencies and completion grants to media artists.

Filmmaker Training & ServicesEdit

BAVC offers a wide range of training, production, post-production, and financial services.


Video classes are offered in the following categories:

  • Video Production
  • Video Post-Production
  • Digital Audio
  • Motion Graphics & Effects

In addition BAVC offers a seminar series (topics have included sound design, screenwriting, and basic Mac skills, among others) and a broader slate of media classes in the fields of graphic design, web design, computer programming, game design, and 3D media arts.

Class size hovers around 8 people for hands on classes, more for seminars.


Classes begin at around $125 for one day/evening seminars and equipment orientations and reach over $1000 for more intense computer related classes. BAVC's "signature" video production class runs $695 for the one week/two weekend course.

Training DiscountsEdit

  • Individual students may "bundle" classes. Two classes taken concurrently recieve a 5% discount. Three of more gets 10%.
  • Nonprofit organizations and BAVC fiscal sponsorees get 10% off all classes. This discount is cannot be combined with the bundling discount.
  • BAVC members receive 5% off each class. This discount can be combined with other discounts, up to 15% total discount per slate of classes.


  • Funding
    • Fiscal Sponsorship- a way of soliciting from sources that traditionally only give to non-profits.
    • Grants- a number of video awards are offered as support to California artists producing video art and noncommercial media.
  • Production Services
    • BAVC Executive Production- a full service production company offering the following services:
      • Documentaries
      • Television series
      • Workforce development videos
      • Training and educational videos
      • Fundraising videos
      • Public service announcements
  • Postproduction Services
    • Editing Suites- specializing in AVID. Audio suites also availible.
    • Closed Captioning & Subtitling-
    • Technical Evaluations- for broadcast, up to PBS standards.
    • Screening Room - seats up to 40 people.
    • DVD & Multimedia- services provided for selected partner organizations, granted projects, and programs edited at BAVC.
  • Preservation & Restoration Services
    • Video Preservation
    • Audio Preservation


BAVC offers a number of membership levels for both individual and organizations starting at $55/year. All memberships recieve discounts on training and access to services as well as a number of other benefits.


Founded in 1976 with seed money from the Rockefeller Foundation, BAVC has grown in the decades since to be a major trainer of artists and producer of independant media projects in the Bay Area.

Location/Contact InformationEdit

2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone: 415.861.3282
Fax: 415.861.4316


  • Information in this article is culled from the BAVC website.

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