Screen Acting HE Certificate

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Develop a solid foundation of acting skills and techniques and build your on-screen experience in this intensive year-long course.

At Catalyst, we’re all about learning by doing. Our acting courses are contemporary, highly practical, project-based and designed to prepare you for a career as an actor, with a focus on acting for the increasingly ubiquitous screen. Get in front of the camera and unlock your potential.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with film and music students to perform in a variety of film productions over the course of the year and bolster your portfolio showreel.

Whilst the course focus is on acting for the camera, there's also a ton to be learned from live performance and you'll get to showcase your skills to the public with a live theatre performance.

We firmly believe a compelling performer is grown through practice… and more practice, so you'll spend this first year doing more acting than you ever thought possible.

Why screen acting?

At Catalyst you’ll learn traditional acting skills combined with cutting-edge technology. Your work as an actor will have the context of being presented on everything from a 22 metre silver screen to a smartphone. The course is constantly adapting and updating itself to reflect the current state of the industry but with a view to where it seems to be heading. Consequently we aim to provide the industry with highly trained, adaptable performers, who can succeed both in the traditional areas of film and television as well as in emerging areas like green screen, motion capture, virtual reality, animation and gaming.

Course structure

Undergraduate | HE Certificate - 1 Year


In this one-year course, you’ll work on what we call impossible briefs. You’ll intentionally be given too little time and too few resources to accomplish a given challenge - forcing you to stretch your creative and collaborative muscles to solve the puzzle. Each week you’ll perform in an original role, rotating teams to work with different crews and new directors on freshly written scripts. It’s a fast, fun, and powerfully accelerated learning environment.

  • Bolstering your portfolio showreel with performances from a variety of film productions
  • Collaborating with film and music students on live productions
  • Featuring in short films, commercials, music videos, web series and more
  • Providing industry insights through guest lecturers
  • Training your body and voice
  • Voice Reel Project 
  • Live Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Acting for Camera
  • Voice & Movement

Workshops are designed to run in tandem with your weekly and bi-weekly film briefs where you learn a range of tools to help you rapidly grow skill as a performer and to begin to develop your own professional practice: 


An introductory class to give you the skills and techniques required to develop your own daily vocal practice. Develop a free, clear, rich and embodied voice that fully informs text. You'll work regularly with a variety of texts to connect thought, word and voice. You'll focus on finding a specific character voice through accent. You will explore the actor's voice at work, extending your vocal range and flexibility, and build a strong, intelligent professional practice.

Voice Reel Project

Create a full voice reel composed of at least 5 different 30-60 second samples; two commercial, one documentary, one audio book and one of either corporate or video game clips. Learn how to use recording equipment and technical tools in the studio to record voice and audio.


Focus on the fundamentals of effective body and mind integration by addressing posture, body alignment, fitness, coordination, spatial awareness, use of breath, and body knowledge. Develop techniques of physically revealing and expressing character, intention, emotion, and psychology and relate these aspects specifically to acting for the screen.

Acting for Camera

An introduction to screen performance, learning a range of skills and methods with a camera in every class. Master the techniques of the close up, on technical essentials such as blocking, performing for shot size, eyelines, continuity, cheating to camera, and the contrast between live performance and screen acting. This workshop is ongoing throughout the year and includes detailed weekly or bi-weekly feedback on the actor’s performance in film projects.

Development workshop - Acting Technique

Covers character development, script analysis and breakdown; all fundamental skills for any actor. Work on pre-existing professionally written scripts to create character from quality writing. Delve into what it takes to prepare oneself to deliver a quality performance. How exactly does an actor prepare? What decisions are they making and why? Learn how to break down a script into beats and how to play actions in a scene. Take direction and make bold decisions by creating dynamic, original characters.


Provides you with what you need to know before entering the film industry, what to expect from an audition, and how to present yourself and your work to a professional standard. Build bridges into the industry so that hit the ground running. Take a step back, viewing screen acting and the course itself from a meta, birds-eye view. A space to answer questions, like: what kind of actor am I? How do we collaborate constructively? What do I value, and how do I live those values through my creative work? Also a place to watch and analyse the work of professionals, as well as launch, develop, and review the academic content and assessed projects.

Our facilities

Our historic waterside Funkhaus campus features state-of-the-art facilities snuggled in a cozy, picturesque retro space.


Ready for a degree?

Your initial progression choice will be whether to make your first foray into the acting industry or to continue your self development and opt for completing our Screen Acting BA Hons degree.

There is no right and wrong answer here. It will depend on the skillset you have already developed and what you are planning to do in the acting industry.

Your success in either depends entirely on you – what you bring, your approach, and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you take the next course or start your first project in the acting industry.

Building success

However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience

There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.

Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work. 

Employment model

The employment model for actors has been through significant change over the last decade though many elements of the model remain those that have always existed. The range of outlets has increased enormously as a result of the changing television industry and other requirements for online channels.


Learn by doing...and doing...and doing

Working in tandem with creatives from the Film Production course, you’ll star in multiple film productions every week, from daily run-and-gun shoots to lengthier, more involved and professional projects. You’ll feature in short films, commercials, music videos, web series and more. Our goal is to get you on camera as much as humanly possible within a year.

When you’re not rehearsing or on set, you’ll join workshops with working professional tutors to train your body and voice. How do you convey emotion? How do you develop a range? How do you collaborate with a director to deliver a brilliant performance? Together, we’ll answer these questions and more.

Combined with regular feedback sessions, roundtable discussions and consultations to drive at your personal voice, your creative muscle is going to get one hell of a workout.

By the end of the year, your diverse showreel will present a performer that is versatile, skilled and worldly. Nowhere else will you get so much experience packed into a single year.

Our team

Our courses are delivered by currently practicing industry professionals through workshops designed to give you constant real-world acting experience through ongoing participation in performances and film productions.

Student work

In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Take a look at a selection of our favourite work by our screen actors, directed and produced by their fellow student filmmakers.


Entry requirements

All applicants will be asked to provide: personal and educational information, documentation of their education experience, a portfolio or audition tape, and a personal introduction (which can be submitted as a written statement of motivation or a video/audio clip). 

Minimum entry requirements

- Standard entry: graduation from high school at a level which would normally permit entry to university in the country where it was gained. This would be A-Levels in the UK and the Abitur in Germany, for example.

- Non-standard entry: We recognise that not all education happens in the classroom and it may be possible to admit you through a non-standard access route. If you do not possess the required formal qualification, but have acquired relevant professional or life experience, please contact our Admissions team.

If neither of the two categories above describe your situation, you'll most likely need to complete a short course to gain access to our 1 and 3-year HE degree courses.


The language of instruction in all our courses is English and applicants must demonstrate a level equal to IELTS 6. We do not ask for official exam results, but we will assess the standard of English in your application and support materials.

For more information please contact our Admissions team and we’d be happy to discuss your opportunities to come study with us.

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Course dates and application deadline

Course start: mid-September 2023

Application deadlines

  • Round 1 - International (non-EU) and EU students - 31 March, 2023*
    * Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa to live in Germany. The application process for this takes several months and you can only begin this process after you have been offered a place and enrolled on the course.
  • Final deadline - EU students only - 31 May 2023
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Tuition fees

We offer two ways to pay:

  • Single Payment Option:
    Annual Enrolment Fee* €895 + Annual Tuition Fee €9,855 = €10,750 per year
  • Monthly Instalment Payment Option:
    Annual Enrolment Fee* €895 + 10 instalments x 1,085.50€ = €11,750 per year

* The enrolment fee is non-refundable. It is due every year as part of the total annual fee.

If you decide to enrol in both a 4-week short course and HE degree course (1 or 3-years long) with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.

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Open days and taster workshops

Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.

Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.

We look forward to meeting you online soon!

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Build your showreel

By the end of the year, your diverse showreel will present a performer that is versatile, skilled and worldly. We pride ourselves on the amount of practical acting experience our course provides....and then films for you to walk away with in your virtual pocket! Made in Berlin, the city built by the rebels, the scrappers and those unafraid to do it for themselves.

Behind the scenes

Take a look at the latest stories from the daily lives of Catalyst Acting students. Rehearsals, performances, shootings, tips, tricks and more!

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