Gain a powerful insight into the fast paced 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.
Our visual effects, digital arts and animation courses at Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts & Technology, are based at the extraordinary Funkhaus facility in Berlin. Our intensive 1 year HE Certificate and in-depth 3 year Bachelor's degree are rigorously validated by our UK university partner. It’s a work hard, play hard approach that provides you with the credentials, experience and portfolio required to take the next step in developing your career.
Certificate and bachelor degree courses
Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.
BA (Hons) Bachelor Degree
A practical and innovative 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.
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.
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. 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.
Showreel by Matthieu Schmit - Programme Lead & Tutor
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