Cultural Centre "Bactria" Opens Applications for Summer School "Digital Arts Academy" for Participants from Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Event Date To be announced
Event Duration 12 May 2019
Venue Home-based; Dushanbe

When: June to July - Online preparatory course
August to September - Intensive one month course in Dushanbe

Subsidy for participants from Afghanistan: Payment of all costs - transportation, visa and registration, accommodation, and a small per diem.

About Bactria Cultural Centre
The French Humanitarian created Bactria Cultural Centre in December 2001 and development NGO ACTED to address the lack of access to culture, information and vocational training in Tajikistan. Since then it has become a focal point in the cultural life of Dushanbe. Cooperating with several embassies and donor organizations in Tajikistan, Bactria supports a wide variety of cultural activities and educational activities.

About (Digital Arts Academy)
(Digital Arts Academy) is a new two-year project, funded by UNESCO, which aims to empower young female cultural entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Tajikistan to realize their full potential in the digital creative industries. The project will strengthen the skills of women, provide access to professional networks, equipment, opportunities, and mentorship, and promote start-ups and artistic output financially and through a participant designed media campaign that will foster recognition of the aspirations, capacities, and contributions of young women.

Activities center on the establishment of a Digital Arts Academy in 2019 that will offer courses on coding, digital creation (motion, graphic, web design, video editing, animation, etc.), and entrepreneurship. Academy graduates will be offered paid work placements in partner institutions to learn their respective trades while innovation will be bolstered through a grant mechanism that will fund start-ups / artistic initiatives. Graduates will also join an Alumni Network where they will connect with start-ups and incubators and help to organize the academy itself in 2020.

Why should you take part in the Digital Arts Academy?
> Receive expert courses on coding, web design, photo/video editing, animation, etc.;
> Opportunity to join an Alumni Network and develop your professional network in Central Asia;
> Access to paid work placements and seed funding to develop your initiatives.
> A unique chance to use your creativity and passion to shape the digital future.

How to become a part of the Digital Arts Academy?
> Be a woman between the ages of 18 and 40;
> Be a citizen of Tajikistan or Afghanistan;
> Have a strong motivation to take part in the project and its activities;
> Able to connect to the Internet for a 1-month online course;
> Able to travel to Dushanbe to attend a 1-month long training course;
> Can make a commitment to taking part in the project for the necessary period to complete the training and participate in the work placement and the small grants programme;
> Have a relevant educational background and/or relevant experience in digital arts;

Basic skills in one of the following areas are a necessity: skills in photography, videography (storyboard, shooting, post-production), graphic design (vector graphics, 3D graphics and animation), computer animation (motion graphics), game design and development, web design (UX and UI), coding, programming, etc.; basic knowledge of the programmes relevant to your area of expertise (Corel Draw, Adobe Creative Cloud, 3D Max, Cinema 4D, Blender, Sketch, SketchUp, Unity 3D, etc).

Preliminary plan:
1. Application deadline: 12 May
2. Processing of applications and Interview: May
3. Online course: June - July
4. Visa preparation: July
5. One month course in Dushanbe: August - September
6. Work placements: September - February
7. Funding for initiatives: September - February
8. Alumni network and Digital Arts Academy 2.0: September 2019 - September 2020

To apply
Please send your application via e-mail to and copy with ‘Participant for Digital Arts Academy’ in the subject line and attach the following items:
> A Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages) – with contact details (email and phone number);
> Motivation letter
> Portfolio of your work (photos, videos, web design, graphic design, 3D animation, etc.)