What do we do?
Catalyst is a creative arts and technology learning institute based 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. They range from 4 week summer courses for beginners through to bachelor and master degree level courses validated by our UK university partner.
Where do we come from?
We have been providing world-class creative production training in the UK for 20 years and Berlin for more than 7 years under our old brand name of dBs Music Berlin and dBs Film Berlin. We have an established reputation for delivering exciting, hands-on, relevant and engaging education in a relaxed and adult environment.
Our bachelor degree and masters programmes in Berlin are delivered in partnership with the University of St Marks and St Johns in the UK. We have consistently excellent ratings for the quality of our educational delivery in all public audits and numerous alumni working across the creative industries.
What powers our learning?
Our belief that 'greatness is grown not born' powers everything we do. We provide you with a learning and self development process that allows you to build your best self and maximise your own unique greatness.
Our groundbreaking degree programmes are built on project based learning. We use a progressive education model whilst complying with the rigorous requirements of a UK university. Progressive education focuses on building not just your specialist creative skills but also the real world, everyday skills that will continue to transform your daily life long after you have left Catalyst behind.
We believe that the best learning involves getting your hands on the gear and maximising the amount of time you spend ‘doing’. Learning through doing and collaboration with others is key to the Catalyst method.
Of course our students also learn the theory which supports and enrichens their doing. But doing is paramount and we think it is part of our duty to provide them with at least some of the ten thousand hours of deliberate practice that Anders Ericsson research would suggest we all need to become a real expert.
Who are our people?
Mostly you'll want to know about the tutors you'll be learning with and you'll find plenty of information on them elsewhere on the site. But there are other people on the team who are constantly working to ensure you have an outstanding learning experience. Here are just a few of them.
Berlin....yes why Berlin? For anyone who knows it already it is a question that doesn't need to be asked. For those that haven't yet experienced the extraordinary creative energy that this city exudes it is hard to put into words. It explodes with a creative energy that is hard to match anywhere else in the world. As a city it knows more than most what has value and what does not. It has a difficult history which has somehow transformed itself into part of the richness of what it has to offer. (though those with long memories may understandably not feel so ready to consider this positively) There are 3 million Berliners and we reckon that about a million of them are artists of one sort or another. It worships at the altar of the unconventional. The night life is legendary. When the Catalyst founder first came to the city it was instantly obvious that Catalyst and Berlin were a perfect match for each other. We love it.