Information for applicants, new and current students.
Here you'll find a comprehensive list of questions and answers regarding our COVID-19 measures and updated policies for current and new students. For the latest updates on the overall situation for our Berlin-based institute, including our access policy for our facilities and travel restrictions, please reference the information below.
Update - May 2021
Berlin is gradually coming back to life! After a slow start, the German vaccination programme is really accelerating. More than 40% of the population have now had their first dose and just under 5 million people are being vaccinated each week. Since May 21st, curfew has been lifted, and restaurants and bars have reopened their outdoor areas again. Guests must provide a negative Covid test result from the last 24 hours – or proof of complete vaccination or recovery from a coronavirus infection. Luckily, free rapid tests are offered at numerous locations around the city. Other venues such as museums, shops and galleries are also reopening with the similar requirements and an appointment in some cases. These new measures are only valid while the city reports less than 100 infections per 100,000 residents, you can read more about them here. Let’s keep working together on keeping each other safe!
We expect our summer courses to be running normally with a distancing and hygiene protocol in place. Similarly, we anticipate all courses starting in September 2021 to be running onsite with distancing and hygiene protocols in place, or until required differently by the Berlin senate.
Depending on your place of departure, you will need to present a negative test and quarantine upon arrival in Germany. Please keep this in mind while planning your trip, you can check the latest on Germany’s travel requirements here.
It is likely that a small number of countries may still be part of a travel ban in Germany in September 2021. Last year exemptions were made for all students travelling to Germany. To facilitate that we issued all of our students an “Imperative Need To Travel” letter. You will be receiving this letter 3 weeks before the start of your course. The second page of the Acceptance Letter also contains a document confirming your enrolment on our course. These two items combined will allow you to travel into Germany to attend the course of your choice.
Am I able to process my application?
Our team are all available online as normal. Our applications for the 2021 summer courses and longer courses will open in November 2020. From the opening of the application submissions period, any applications submitted before April 30, 2021 are considered priority applications and will receive a guaranteed place on their course of choice. The standard application for all long courses is June 30th. After the 30th deadline any remaining spots will be given on a first come first serve basis, please reach out to [email protected] for updates on your preferred course.
What happens if I pay my deposit and I am not able to attend for any reason related to COVID-19?
If you make an enrolment payment (and a single tuition fee payment) to guarantee your place on any of our courses and you are unable to attend the course for any reason directly related to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will offer a full refund of your monies, as per the following situations:
- If our course delivery is onsite in Berlin and you are either not able to travel due to provable travel restrictions in your own country (or country of residence) or because you are denied entry to Germany by the German authorities.
- If you become ill with COVID-19 before the start of the year and have to take an extended period of time in recuperation such that you are unable to study or unable to catch up with missed work as proven by a doctor’s note
- Should you become ill during your studies with us you are already covered by point 9.2 of our Terms and Conditions.
Alternatively, you may also choose to defer your place for one year. If you have paid your enrolment fee and defer your place for one year, the course cost will be fixed at the 2021 prices.
Are any open days still taking place?
We offering regular Virtual Open Days and taster workshops throughout the year with a break during the summer.
How have teaching and onsite access worked during 2020/21?
Catalyst were fully open from September 2020 to January 2021 with a distancing and hygiene protocol in place to keep students safe. In January 2021 a lockdown was imposed and we switched to a more nuanced situation. Some classes continued to be delivered onsite with others being delivered online. All facilities remained fully open to students with an extra 50% booking time available for studios and equipment. In April 2021 new lockdown measures were introduced. All facilities remain fully open but we have reduced the size of our team working onsite to those considered essential for managing the facility and keeping it open for students use.
How will summer 2021 courses be delivered?
We currently expect our summer courses to be running normally with a distancing and hygiene protocol in place to keep students safe. We benefit from small class sizes and a large facility which makes it relatively easy to set this up.
How will courses starting in September 2021 be delivered?
We anticipate our courses starting in September 2021 to run on-site with a distancing and hygiene protocol in place to keep students safe. Depending on how complete the vaccination programme is at that point, we will be ready to adjust our own measures to meet the required distancing and hygiene protocols.
How does the vaccine situation look in Germany and where can we get updated on this situation?
The vaccine programme in Germany is now picking up speed. As of April 19th 2021 more than 22 million people have now received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than half a million people are being vaccinated every day. You can monitor this number with the link below.
How can I travel into Germany if tourists from my country aren’t allowed in?
It is likely that a small number of countries may still be part of a travel ban in Germany in September 2021. In September 2020 exemptions were made for all students travelling to Germany. To facilitate that we issued all of our students an “Imperative Need To Travel” letter. You will be receiving this letter 3 weeks before the start of your course. The second page of the Acceptance Letter also contains a document confirming your enrolment on our course. These two items combined will allow you to travel into Germany to attend the course of your choice.
FINANCE & ENROLMENTS
What is Catalyst doing to support their students?
Rather than giving general refunds or rebates of tuition fees Catalyst is supporting it’s students in two specific ways:-
- From September we expect to be supporting students who have a reduced income as a result of COVID-19 with flexible payment schemes or in extreme cases a limited number of bursaries.
- An increasing percentage of our student body are with us for three years or more in order to complete their bachelor degree. By remaining a viable organisation we will be supporting students who wish to complete their degree course with us.
Will the main courses starting in September be affected by COVID-19?
Our long courses have started in September as planned. With updated strict hygiene policies in place, students will be able to attend their scheduled lessons, in smaller groups. Masks are mandatory at all times and preventive measures have been taken to ensure the wellbeing of our community. The new and inflexible hygiene protocol has been communicated to all new and returning students during the first week of class.
Is there a way for students to be more actively involved in helping Catalyst with the current situation?
We really appreciate the large number of offers we have had from students on this front. It is a sign not only of your maturity and understanding but also of the strong relationship we have with our student body. We appreciate students holding themselves and their peers accountable for respecting the measures put in place to ensure a minimum spread of the virus.
How will the voucher for the bookable time offer work?
How do we plan to make up for the lost film making time?
We have committed to providing a voucher that will allow access to both our facilities and equipment for an extended 24 months.