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Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts & Technology

Funkhaus 

18-50 Nalepastrasse

12459 BERLIN

Germany 

Telephone

Tel: +49 30 2900 9052

Email

[email protected]

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We are open

Great news. All course delivery from July 20th will be taking place onsite. A hygiene protocol will be in place to ensure our student community remains safe. 

We have heard that many universities across Europe are planning to start their semesters in an online only format. However compared with most universities, our class sizes of 16 are extremely small - indeed they are smaller than the class sizes found in the majority of schools. 

This puts us in a strong position to deliver our courses onsite in a way that keeps us all safe whilst complying with all regulations put in place by the German government and the Berlin Senate.

At the same time we are also preparing alternative plans should there be any new stricter regulations put in place. The good news is that in all but the most extreme scenarios, these plans still include onsite attendance but with extra measures in place to ensure students and the team remain safe.

Travel to Germany

From July 2nd 2020 there are no travel restrictions for residents of the following countries:-

  • All EU countries
  • UK, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein
  • Australia, Canada, Georgia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
  • For China, Japan and South Korea a lifting of entry restrictions is subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

In addition and perhaps most importantly, foreign students whose studies cannot be continued entirely from outside Germany will be allowed to travel.

Please visit the German Federal Foreign Office for official travel updates.

We organise regular opportunities for you to visit our campus, meet the team, and experience our vibrant community.

Open days

Our virtual open days have been so successful and so appropriate to our international audience that they have become our main open day product. We will still be doing at least one onsite open day per year.

All of our open days allow you to discover our facilities and equipment, speak directly to our tutors and students, learn more about our educational approach and get a good idea of the general Catalyst vibe and what it feels like to join us.

The next virtual open day is: Friday November 13th, 2020 2pm

Sign up for our next virtual open day on our Events Page

The next onsite open day is: Friday October 16th 2020

This open day will include a tour, presentation and our student festival!

Sign up on our Events Page

Individual drop-ins

These can be arranged by contacting our Admissions team

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Berlin is the most exciting destination on the planet for producers, musicians, sound engineers, DJ’s, filmmakers, performers and artists. It’s bold, it’s gritty, it’s cutting-edge and it pulsates with a creative youthful energy which never fails to put a smile on your face.

But it's also a big city and you'll need some tips for how to settle in, find somewhere to live, prepare yourself to study and enjoy your new home.

More details

Check out our events calendar for showcases, guest lectures, performances, workshops, and other gigs and experiences hosted by our community.

Events

Of course you want to hear from students who have actually attended our institution. We've created a whole page of testimonials and information about real students experiences

Testimonials

Admissions

Our 'Ask Admissions' sessions aim to provide answers and support for any doubts you may have regarding the application process, work example submissions or simply planning your relocation to Berlin. We're here to help!

Contact us for details of the next session.

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Priority applications deadline - 30th April

If you comply with our admissions requirements we will guarantee you a place on the course of your choice if you make a priority application

Standard application deadline: 30th June

If you comply with our admissions requirements we will do our best to offer you a place on the course of your choice. If there are no places available we will either offer you a place on an alternative course or place you on the waiting list.

Short course application

If spaces are still available, the last date we will accept applications for all short courses is 14 days before course start.

On the first page of every application form you will be provided with a list of supporting materials required for your application. Each course has slightly different requirements but as a minimum, we will always need your personal details and contact information.

To start the application process simply select your course on the application page and follow the instructions. If anything about the process is unclear for you, please don't hesitate to send a message or give us a ring. We like to chat.

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We take a very strict approach to privacy and the storage of private details.

Policy details

There is a non-refundable deposit (enrolment fee) for all courses of €750. Course price varies by programme type and subject. We offer you two simple ways to pay the course fee.

Single payment

Make a single payment before the start of your course. This is the lowest cost option.

Instalment payment

Make 10 instalment payments throughout the year. This helps spread the cost of the course.

All details including when fees become due are available on the course fees page.

Course fees

Visas & Residence Permits

Our Bachelor degrees and our Masters degrees are officially recognised by the German authorities and qualify for the German Study Visa.

Non-EU students studying on these courses can extend their residence permit for up to 18 months to find work relating to their studies after graduating

Citizens of any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK

  1. You DO NOT require a visa to enter Germany.
  2. You DO NOT require a residence permit to study in Germany
  3. You MUST register your address within two weeks of moving into an apartment with a district office

Citizens of Australia, Andorra, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Switzerland, United States, South Korea

  1. You DO NOT require a visa to enter Germany.
  2. You MUST apply for a residence permit (for study purposes) within 3 months of entering Germany.
  3. You MUST register your address within two weeks of moving into an apartment with a district office.

Citizens all other countries

  1. You MUST hold a valid student visa before entering Germany.
  2. You MUST apply for a residence permit (for study purposes) within 3 months of entering Germany.
  3. You MUST register your address within two weeks of moving into an apartment with a district office.

Citizens of any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or UK

  1. You DO NOT require a visa to enter Germany.
  2. You DO NOT require a residence permit to study in Germany
  3. You MUST register your address within two weeks of moving into an apartment with a district office

Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel, Chile, Brazil

  1. If you are aged between 18 - 30 you may apply for the Work and Travel Visa/Working holiday program. More details from the German Federal Foreign Office here
  2. This type of visa is also your residence permit.
  3. You MUST register your address within two weeks of moving into an apartment with a district office

Students from all other countries WILL NOT be able to get a visa to study on this course

Citizens of any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or UK

  1. You DO NOT require a visa to enter Germany
  2. You DO NOT require a residence permit to study in Germany

Citizens of any country marked 'No' on this list

  1. You DO NOT require a visa to enter Germany
  2. You DO NOT require a residence permit to study in Germany
  3. You MAY NOT stay more than 90 days in Germany during a 6 month period

Citizens of all other countries

  1. You MUST apply for a tourist/ Schengen visa in order to enter Germany.

Entry requirements

Accessing our courses

We are committed to making our courses as accessible as possible though we would not provide anyone with a place on a course that we didn't think they were capable of. Our short courses are the easiest to access.

Short courses

You should usually be aged 18 or over

These courses are designed to be accessible for anyone. No proof of academic qualification is required

If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.

If taking an intermediate or advanced course, relevant prior knowledge is recommended to maximise your learning experience.

Accessing our courses

We are committed to making our courses as accessible as possible though we would not provide anyone with a place on a course that we didn't think they were capable of. Our short courses are the easiest to access but our HE Certificate and BA Hons Degree courses also have routes to accessing them even for those students without the usual qualification levels required for entry.

When you submit your application form our admissions team will send you a survey which will help you understand which of the following categories describe your situation, as well as the types of documentation you need to provide.

Standard

You should usually be aged 18 or over when you start your course AND have completed your formal schooling. If you're still in school you can apply with your current transcript and send us your certificate when you receive it.

Suitable certificates include:- A Level, Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Abitur, BTEC National Diploma, GED (high school diploma), Scottish Highers, Diploma di Maturità, di Esame di Stato, Título de Bachillerato or other equivalents.

Mature

For this category you must be at least 21 years old.

You have no qualifications in the traditional sense (so standard doesn’t fit you) but you are able to send a detailed CV of what you’ve been doing in the fields of the course subject you have applied for.

Non Standard

If you have no qualifications AND no experience, but have reason to believe that you would be capable of taking these courses then you probably fit into this category.

Please complete the survey in the application form in order for us to verify your situation.

In most cases we would ask you to sign up for one of our 4-week summer courses. These will equip you with the skills and training required to enter a longer course in September.

Practical and language requirements

We want you to demonstrate your passion for the subject. For direct entry onto these courses (Standard or Mature) you will need to provide us with practical evidence. The application form provides examples of acceptable evidence . Your level of English speaking will also be ascertained during the application process.

By September you will be at least 18 years old AND have earned at least a 2.1 on your Bachelor Degree. Your BA does not need to be in the same field as your chosen topic of MA study.

Education

Our HE Certificates aim to engage students with limited experience in their fields who would like to put their foot in the water without committing to a full degree. This is not an introductory course! The courses will deliver a broad depth of information and aim to get students working independently on major projects. Successful completion of a Higher Education Certificate course earns you 60 ECTS: equivalent to 1 year of a BA degree level course. Should you then decide you would like to pursue a degree programme with us you would enter onto the second year of the programme.

Our bachelor BA Hons degrees are internationally recognised undergraduate bachelor of arts programmes, validated and administered through the University of St Mark & St John in the UK. They are suitable for students that have some initial experience in their chosen or a related field and aim to push students both creatively and technically. They provide the skills required to enter employment, further study or to independent artistic work. This is a full British Bachelor of Arts (HONS) Degree equivalent to 180 ECTS. See FAQ above for entry requirements onto our BA Hons bachelor degrees.

Our seamless progression model allows you to decide how much of the journey you wish to take. Our unique 4 week summer course provides those who need it with the skills necessary to progress onto an HE Certificate. Successful completion of the HE Certificate provides access to our BA Hons degree. Successful completion of the BA Hons degree provides access to the MA programme.

Catalyst courses are accredited by the University of St Mark & St John (MARJON), a small, specialised university based in Plymouth in the South West of England, with around 3500 students. In 2012 they achieved 87% in their student satisfaction survey and 79.9% for teaching excellence in the Sunday Times university guide. We work closely with this university to deliver our music degrees in both the UK and Berlin and have had a very successful relationship with them for a number of years.

With over 175 Years of heritage, tradition and experience, MARJON has travelled a long road in becoming first a university college and now a full university. The university’s degree courses comply fully with the European Diploma Supplement Transcript and have equivalent ECTS values for all modules in keeping with the Bologna Declaration at the Convention for the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region.

MARJONs is listed as an accredited degree awarding university on the following UK Government websites:

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) UK Government recognised bodies

University website: http://www.marjon.ac.uk

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Our qualifications are awarded:

  • HE Certificate or 1st year of the Bachelor = 60 ECTS Credits
  • 2 years of the Bachelor = 120 ECTS Credits
  • Bachelor = 180 ECTS Credits

Classes will occur Monday – Friday on average about 3 days out of the week. If a class needs to be rescheduled it will be moved to a Saturday. Your particular weekly arrangement depends on which group your are placed into for your course.

As a general rule you will have 12 hours of lessons delivered weekly. This is paired with 12 hours of supported time on campus and 12 hours self directed at home.

This means around a 36 hour commitment a week – so a full time course. Our timetable is subject to change week by week or semester by semester, so we can’t guarantee the possibility of regular shifts.