School for Film and Visual FX

Bring new worlds into being - together

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

No ordinary film school

Catalyst Film is one of three schools at the Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts & Technology in Berlin, based in the extraordinary Funkhaus facility alongside the river Spree.

We specialise in visual storytelling;  filmmaking, production, writing, directing, cinematography, editing, visual effects, video media, and visual design courses. Our grounded, playful, human approach is supported by the values and concepts of progressive education.

That means getting your hands dirty with the gear and heaps of hands-on projects, a 'brain gym' of collective problem solving and critical thinking, the pleasures and pains of collaboration and a celebration of creative independence and entrepreneurship. All supported by a deeply individualised learning process that develops your interests and your unique talents.

Sounds like fun right? It is but also expect to be challenged, stretched and occasionally overwhelmed. Our undergraduate and masters degree courses are rigorously validated by a UK university so we expect high levels of commitment and a proactive approach from each student. It's a work hard, play hard approach.

Subject area

Shorts, pre-degree, bachelor and masters degree courses.

Dive deep into filmmaking from day one. No exams, no endless lectures, no meaningless theory - just real world filmmaking skills at all levels depending on your own individual needs.

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Develop practical expertise in industry-standard tools and start making the visually impossible, possible from day one! Hone your toolset, innovate your practice and walk away with a stunning showreel of original work.

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Beyond the specialised creative and technical skillsets you learn with us, we think that leadership is a crucial element in supporting your life, your creative projects and your success after you leave Catalyst behind. This extraordinary course will magnify the potential of everything else you learn whilst you are with us and is available to Catalyst students as part of your course fee.

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No ordinary film school

Our atmospheric retro Funkhaus campus features state-of-the-art filmmaking facilities and equipment.

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Learn by doing

You won’t find “traditional” classrooms, lectures or exams at Catalyst. From day one, you’ll be grouped with other motivated creatives just like yourself and tasked with producing film or visual FX projects under challenging creative, technical and logistical constraints.

It’s great fun, but it’s harder than it sounds. Don’t worry - our team of industry professional tutors will be there to provide support with a range of hands-on workshops and individualised support that will help ignite your creative growth.

Our team

Our courses are taught by a team of permanent tutors & visiting international film and visual fx industry professionals with a genuine passion for passing on their specialist knowledge to others.

They'll ask the difficult questions you've been avoiding, set impossible tasks that stretch you in ways you didn’t know you were capable of, provide insights into new ways of thinking and heap fulsome praise where it's due.

Above all, they'll be there for you when you pick yourself up out of the dirt after a spectacular creative failure with an encouragement to be even more audacious next time.

Making it real

Much of the learning at Catalyst mimics real life in the exciting but grounded and gritty world of the film and visual effects industries.

Collaborate

As part of our specialist film making and visual effects school you'll benefit from a range of collaboration opportunities not only with your fellow film school students but also with our acting and music production school students.

You'll get challenges with demanding deadlines and engage in working methodologies that resemble the normal everyday, rough and tumble of industry life. At the same time, this 'real world' experience comes with an essential safety net - a chance to fail gloriously with no impact on your reputation, your income or your pride!

Learn in English

All of our filmmaking and film production courses are taught in English, the language of the international film industry. Study your passion in a community of like minded international learners.

Why wait to create?

Check out the experience of our Film and VFX students