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 selection 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 70 different countries.

Music summer course programme 2022

Whether you’re deep into a specific electronic music genre, curious about sound exploration or obsessed with trying to achieve the perfectly balanced mix down; you’ll find new inspiration whilst developing a whole range of new skills in our intensive and specialised 4-week courses.

Electronic Music Production

Level: Beginners
Length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
Application deadline: May 2022
, 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: Summer 2022, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
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: Summer 2022, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
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, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
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 & Acting summer programme 2022

Dive deep into the world of filmmaking and performing arts with our dynamic and collaborative 4-week short courses. At Catalyst we maximise ‘hands on’ access to doing what you love. With a professional film studio with green screen, editing suites, acting studio, voice recording suites and a wide selection of equipment and props, we're the perfect playground to kick-start your creative careers.

Filmmaking

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
Application deadline: 31st of May
, but the earlier the better, as places are limited and confirmed on a first come first serve basis.

This 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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Screen Acting Crash Course

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: Summer 2022, sign-up to our newsletter for a notification.
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. Walk away with recorded material to produce your unique showcase.

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Our facilities

We are a progressive education institute. One key component of progressive education is 'learning by doing'. Our facilities are built with one thing in mind. Maximising ‘hands on’ access to DOING what you love. That means more studios, equipment and facility than all of our Berlin competitors put together!

  • 31 recording and production studios for music/film
  • 110 fully loaded digital audio Mac workstations
  • 9 high powered VFX PC workstations
  • 1 large film studio with green screen
  • 2900 bookable items inc synths, drum machines, microphones, mixing consoles, preamps, FX, field recorders, MIDI controllers, decks, CDJs, guitars, amplifiers, pedals, wireless systems, cameras, lights, fog machines, filter kits, lenses, turntables, 
  • Friendly kitchen with free coffee and tea
  • Multiple beautiful atmospheric locations
  • Riverside location with deckchairs and free sunshine

A safe space to dream big

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!

Be in Berlin - with us

Everything you need to know about joining us in Berlin for the summer