Gain a powerful insight into the fast-paced and multidimensional world of visual effects production, digital arts and animation with all the tools, techniques and practical experience required to succeed as one of tomorrow's industry professionals. Subject areas include 2D and 3D animation, filmmaking, post-production, motion design, matte painting, digital compositing, visual effects supervising, creative coding, audiovisual installations and interactive art.
Catalyst's visual effects, digital arts and animation courses are based at the imagination-inspiring Funkhaus facility in Berlin, where architecture meets artistry and collaboration makes community. Our intensive 1-year HE Certificate and in-depth 3-year Bachelor's degree are rigorously validated by our UK university partner. Setting us apart from other institutes, our programmes are project based, putting you at the vital centre of your learning experience. It’s a work hard, play hard approach that provides you with the credentials, broad experience, mindset and portfolio required to take the next step in developing your career and the confidence to evolve with the industry.
Certificate & Bachelors Degree Courses
Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.
Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation HE Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Start: September 2023
An intensive year of whirlwind, hands-on collaborations and a deep end dive into the tools of the trade.
Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation BA (Hons)
Length: 3 Years
Start: September 2023
A practical multidisciplinary project-based programme designed to provide you with the tools and techniques required to create 2D and 3D animations, visual effects solutions for film, live visuals and digital arts projects. Navigate through a wide scope of technologies and explore new forms of storytelling.
Throughout this multidisciplinary programme, you will gain the crucial skills across these key industry-relevant areas, which are needed to excel in whichever direction you decide to pursue in your career as an artist and technologist. Our project-based curriculum allows you to build a portfolio while you shape your academic projects towards your professional goals and interests. Whether you're interested in gaming, animation, immersive installations or on-set VFX, this programme provides you with the knowledge, gear, facilities and guidance to realise your creative and professional goals.
Tomorrow’s visual creatives will be multidisciplinary artists, fluent in cutting-edge software and cross-media technology tools. But above all, they will be visual storytellers, guided by an acute awareness and sensitivity that will open minds and contribute to the design of future realities.
As creators of worlds we ask ourselves - what kind of worlds are we creating and what kind of worlds do we aspire to build?
Echoing the flexibility of the industry, our potential-pushing professionals mould their workshops around the interests of their students. Whatever your creative background or approach, you’re invited to employ your new skills in expressing your unique voice and autonomously forging your own direction. It’s all about artistic exchange: our team has the knowledge and experience; you’ve got the right questions.
Maximising ‘hands on’ access to doing what you love.
- High powered PC’s with killer Graphic cards
- 10 bit displays (x2)
- Wacom drawing tablets
- Full Adobe suite
- DaVinci Resolve
- Cinema 4D
- autodesk 3DS
- Substance painter
- Fume FX
- Touch Designer
- Spark AR
- Ergonomic & modulable workstations
- Screening room with 4k projector
- High speed Data server
- PC’s with 10 bit double displays
- Color grading panel
Film studio with infinity green screen
- Live compositing setup
- High powered gaming laptops
- VFX kits including chrome and grey ball, laser meter, trackers, Smoke machine, ventilators etc...
- Fully packed filmmaking kits including Panasonic EVA1, Panasonic GH5, DSLR cameras, Atomos, Monitors, lights, stands, grip and accessories...
Practical FX gear
- VFX make up kit
- Miniature sets
- Stop motion kits
- HTC VIVE
3d scan & motion capture
- Kinect azure
- Leap motion
- Midi controllers
- Arduino kits
- Projectors for projection mapping
- Projectors for projection mapping
Building for success
However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour 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.
Showcase of second year projects
Our tutors are all experienced professionals with a passion for passing on their experience to others. You will be guided along your visual effects journey by a team of permanent tutors and visiting visual effects industry pros from around the world.
Behind the scenes
Catalyst story features and extracurricular highlights
Embodied VFX from our second years
On the VFX courses students explore many different avenues and mediums to work with. As they learn the new technology, they bring their own fingerprint and make the outcome their own. Check out our student showcase of three interactive projects, using TouchDesigner and Microsoft Kinect Azure.