Students entering into the CAST Academy are expected to complete a minimum of two outside learning experiences or internships while in the program. Ideally these are done during their Junior year, but students may begin in their Sophomore year, and continue in their Senior year. The purpose of the internship/outside learning experience is for students to extend their skill sets and knowledge beyond the walls of the classroom. Many of the opportunities provide students the chance to learn advance skills in the arts and with technology, develop their own personal networks, and develop their personal portfolios and resumes.
CAST Academy has built and maintained relationships with a large number of local organizations, institutions, and programs to provide students a wide range of options (paid/unpaid). Additionally, these relationships and partnerships have fostered collaborative events, activities, and built a mutually supportive community of people working to provide students across San Francisco the chance to work and learn in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment fields.
Some of our partners, programs, and applications can be found here.
Academy of Art: http://www.academyart.edu/degrees/pre-college.html (Offers 100 spots to SFUSD each year to take up to four courses free each summer through Arts teachers)
Out of Site http://www.outofsite-sf.org/
BAVC: Digital Pathways http://www.bavc.org/adp
de Young Museum: Museum Ambassadors Program http://deyoung.famsf.org/education/k-12-students/museum-ambassadors
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Teen Art Connect http://www.thecjm.org/education/teens/teen-art-connect
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Young Artists at Work http://www.ybca.org/yaaw
Children’s Creativity Museum: C.I.T.Y. Teen Program http://creativity.org/programs/city-teen-program/
Exploratorium: High School Explainers http://explainers.exploratorium.edu/highschool/
BAYCAT: Internship and Training in Digital Media http://www.baycat.org/education/internship.php
Tech21: Courses and Training in Automotive, Engineering, Construction http://www.sfusd.edu/en/programs/career-technical-education/tech-21.html
In addition to these organizations and institutions, CAST and Balboa maintain a relationship with City College of San Francisco offering students a chance to take Dual Enrollment courses during the school year and summer in areas related to AME, including Broadcast Communications, Graphics, and Computer Science. Several of the courses offer and can lead to certification.
CAST is in the early stages of building out it’s ability to offer Certification in Adobe software through Certiport. We are registered as a testing site, and are working to secure funding next year for all students to be able to take a test in either Photoshop, Premiere, or Flash in their Junior Year.