Summer courses at Berlin's iconic Funkhaus

Don't wait to create

Gear up for an inspirational summer of learning in the creative metropolis of Berlin. It’s a free-spirited, passionate, energetic heartthrob of a place that attracts like minded creatives from across the globe. Come and share the love.

This summer, the music, film and acting schools at Catalyst Institute For Creative Arts & Technology have a plethora of focussed short courses on offer at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, depending on your personal interest and experience.

Our courses are delivered in English to an international audience of like minded creatives. Last year our learning community had students from more than 60 different countries.

Work hard, play hard

Once the learning day is done, grab a beer, a wood fired pizza and chill with newly made friends by the riverside. If you feel like spending more energy, go hire yourself a paddleboard and get out on the river.

Or dive back into the heart of Berlin and enjoy the Mediterranean feel street life with outdoor cafes, cheap dining, music, spätis, events, parties and much much more.

At the weekend grab yourself some culture at a million art galleries and museums then go take a dip in a beautiful lake. There's more than enough to feed every young soul!

Facilities

Our facilities are built with one thing in mind. Maximising ‘hands on’ access to DOING what you love.

Summer course programme 2021

Music school

Electronic Music Production

Level: Beginners
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: 21 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
Application deadline: 31st of May
, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

Our 4-week Electronic Music Production course is perfect for beginners and aspiring producers who want to learn the core principles of their craft and hone their skills to express their creative ideas!

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Advanced Sound Design

Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: 19 July 2021 - 14th August 2021
Application deadline:
28th of June, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

Our 4-week Advanced Sound Design course has been created with the artist/producer in mind. You know your way around a DAW, and already have a grasp of the fundamentals, but are interested in developing a new sonic identity or exploring new frontiers that will take your work to the next stage in it’s evolution. 

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Studio Recording

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: 21 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
Application deadline: 31st of May
, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

This brand new 4-week Studio Recording beginners course has been designed for budding sound engineers eager to learn the fundamentals of recording and producing bands, soloists or electronic artists in a professional studio environment.

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Mixing and Mastering

Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022
Application deadline:
Recruitment begins November 2021 - sign up to our newsletter to be notified

Our 4-week Mixing and Mastering course is designed for audio engineers and producers who are seeking to advance their creative and technical approach to refining and finishing creative work. You are already familiar with the recording and/or production process but your mixes might lack the depth, clarity or warmth found in a professionally released track. Engage with the tools, techniques and thinking behind a well balanced, professional finished product and apply your knowledge in both commercial and home studio environments.

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Film school

Filmmaking

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: 21 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
Application deadline: 31st of May
, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

This brand new 4-week filmmaking beginners course has been designed for budding writers, directors, cinematographers and editors eager to learn the fundamentals of storytelling, photography, pre-production, working with actors, and post-production. Kick start your journey as a film writer, director, cinematographer or editor.

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Documentary Filmmaking

Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022
Application deadline:
Recruitment begins November 2021 - sign up to our newsletter to be notified

Our 4-week Documentary Filmmaking course is designed for filmmakers with a grasp of the fundamentals and a bit of experience putting films together. You want to focus on documentary and accelerate your skills by developing your storyteller identity, or by exploring new frontiers of digital media to take your work to the next stage in its evolution. Connect with the technology, tools and philosophies invaluable for creating engaging, diverse and rich productions in our intensive, content packed course.

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Acting school

Screen Acting Crash Course

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: 21 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
Application deadline: 31st of May
, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

This high-energy 4-week acting course for beginners is designed for budding actors eager to learn the fundamentals of performing for camera. Discover, play, and hone your acting skills with confidence through hands-on learning facilitated by expert tutors and industry professionals.

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Journalism, Documentary & Non-Fiction Performance

Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022
Application deadline:
Recruitment begins November 2021 - sign up to our newsletter to be notified

Our 4-week advanced screen-acting performance course is for the journalist who wants to get in front of the camera, the documentary filmmaker who wants to upskill and narrate or feature in their own work, and the trained actor who wants to extend their range or transition to non-fiction performance. Whether you’re interested in presenting, narrating or hosting, this course is designed for you.

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