Catalyst – Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

A safe space to dream big

Discover, develop and celebrate your unique creative identity at the extraordinary Funkhaus in Berlin.

Our courses span electronic music production and performance, audio and music production, sound engineering, filmmaking, screenwriting, visual effects, digital arts and acting. They range from bachelor's and master's degree courses through to four-week summer courses for beginners, validated by our UK partner institution Plymouth Marjon University.

Using immersive, hands-on, project-based learning to develop your subject specialist skills, real-world human attributes and industry know-how, we provide a learning experience which will transform your daily life long after you have left Catalyst behind.

We believe that greatness is grown, not born

Our extraordinary location provides a well-grounded creative space to dream big and build a life you love.

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Subject areas

Shorts, pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Electronic Music Production & Performance

This is no ordinary electronic music education. We don’t do normal. Be challenged to the max whilst growing your identity as a practising electronic music artist, producer and performer. Hands-on learning by doing with synthesisers, drum machines, sequencers and samplers will push your musical exploration to places you never thought possible. Open your mind, unlock your sound and reach a whole new audience.

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Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering

Discover a world of vintage studios, mixing desks, microphones, recording spaces, amplifiers, drum kits, compressors, guitars and people making noises with their body! Working in studio production, live sound, film, video game or sound installation, discover and design the most imaginative ways to use the latest recording techniques. We'll help you learn the rules and then celebrate when you break them. Step away from the ordinary, become a pro with us and kickstart a successful career in the audio industry.

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Music and Sound Design for Visual Media

Build an original portfolio whilst producing sound and music for live projects and films, as well as writing and recording sound components for film scores, interactive installations, video games, audio libraries and more.

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Screen Acting

Forget written tests and theory textbooks - get out there and do it. You will star in multiple film productions and be working in tandem with the filmmakers. When you are not rehearsing or on the set, you will join workshops with professional tutors to train your body and voice.

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Film Production

Learn by doing. And doing. And doing. This isn’t your grandpa’s film school; from day zero your boots hit the ground, the camera’s in your hands, and you’re writing, shooting, cutting, and discussing your work - then doing it all over again.

About Film Production

Hone your skills as a scriptwriter and versatile storyteller as you learn to create, adapt and deliver engaging narratives for a variety of storytelling formats and genres that meet the growing demands of the traditional and contemporary film and media industries.

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Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Make the impossible become real with the creative tools of tomorrow. Learn cutting-edge industry practices from on-set practical effects to generative visuals, then smash the standards and pioneer new ways forward. Immerse yourself in our unique creative laboratory to explore unmapped visual frontiers through hands-on learning, collaborative projects and real-world challenges. Walk away with a wide-ranging portfolio.

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Summer short courses

Our music, film and acting schools host a selection of innovative and focused four-week short courses every summer at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Find the right summer course depending on your personal interest and experience.

  • Studio Recording – Short Course
  • Mixing & Mastering Electronic Music – Short Course
  • Electronic Music Production – Short Course
  • Advanced Sound Design – Short Course
  • Filmmaking – Short Course
  • Screen Acting – Short Course
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A progressive education

Our courses are based on the values and concepts of progressive education whilst complying with the rigorous requirements of a UK university qualification. We bring a lightness of being to help sustain and illuminate your serious intent.

Funkhaus is our home

Maximise your 'hands-on' time. Fabulous facility, inspirational gear and sackfuls of creative vibe.

We speak human

At heart, our school is about people. A creative community. A nurturing, caring, relaxed and friendly 'home from home' where tutors provide uncompromising support to international students from more than 75 different countries. We celebrate this coming together of people and the richness of their different ideas and experiences. It's one of our greatest strengths.

Built for success

However you define success, there are a range of tools, skills, attributes and habits which significantly increase your chances of achieving it. These building blocks help turn a talented, hardworking human being into a genuinely successful one. We believe that developing these attributes is crucial to your future success. We embed this learning into most of our programmes.

If you really want to push the envelope, we also have a groundbreaking optional course in Self-development & Creative Leadership. This is provided at cost price to all Catalyst students.

Discover for yourself

We think we've designed the most exciting place on the planet to do courses like ours. It's hardly a surprise that we'd say that, so please don't take our word for it. Come and visit, and discover it for yourself. Explore the facilities, try out a workshop, meet some tutors, ask a million difficult questions and find out if you agree.

A guiding hand

Our industry-acclaimed expert tutor team will inspire and stretch you way beyond your current boundaries.

Live, work and play in Berlin

The most exciting city on the planet for producers, musicians, sound engineers, DJs, filmmakers, actors and digital artists.