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, film production, filmmaking, visual effects and acting. From short summer courses through to bachelor and master degrees validated by our UK university partner and facilitated by our international teaching team.
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.
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 practicing 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.
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.
Forget written tests and theory textbooks - get out there and do it. You will star in multiple film productions weekly 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.
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.
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.
Beyond the specialised creative and technical skillsets you learn with us, we think that leadership is a crucial element in supporting your life, your creative projects and your success after you leave Catalyst behind. This extraordinary course will magnify the potential of everything else you learn whilst you are with us and is available to all Catalyst's degree students for free.
2021 Summer programme
Our music, film and acting schools will be hosting a selection of innovative and focussed 4-week short courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels starting from June 2021. Find the right summer course depending on your personal interest and experience.
- Electronic Music Production (Beg)
- Advanced Sound Design (Int/Adv)
- Studio Recording (Beg)
- Filmmaking (Beg)
- Screen Acting Crash Course (Beg)
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.
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 60 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. At Catalyst we believe that developing them is crucial to your future life so we embed this teaching into most of our learning programmes.
Many of you will be concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak and how it might impact your education. Although we expect to continue to be operating safely done as until now, we have provided a FAQ to provide answers to any questions you may have on the matter. For those of you wishing to join us for our 2021 summer short courses or for a degree course next fall, please do not hesitate to get in touch for any additional information you may require.
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.