Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Explore unmapped visual frontiers in our unique creative laboratory

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Overview

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 and bachelor degree courses

Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.

HE Certificate

Length: 1 Year
Start: mid-September 2023 (TBD)
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An intensive year of whirlwind, hands-on collaborations and a deep end dive into the tools of the trade.

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BA (Hons) Bachelor Degree

Length: 3 Years
Start: mid-September 2023 (TBD)
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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.

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Visual storytellers

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. 

Our facilities

Maximising ‘hands on’ access to doing what you love.

Workstations

  • High powered PC’s with killer Graphic cards
  • 10 bit displays (x2)
  • Wacom drawing tablets

Software

  • Full Adobe suite
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Fusion
  • Cinema 4D
  • autodesk 3DS
  • Unreal
  • Blender
  • Substance painter
  • Zbrush
  • Vray
  • Fume FX
  • Meshmixer
  • Touch Designer
  • Resolume
  • Processing
  • Madmapper
  • Spark AR
3D asset class in the LightRoom as part of the Visual Effects degree programme.

Lightroom

  • Ergonomic & modulable workstations
  • Screening room with 4k projector
  • High speed Data server

Post-production boxes

  • PC’s with 10 bit double displays
  • Color grading panel
VFX - Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation student in Postbox studio at Catalyst Berlin.

Film studio with infinity green screen

  • Live compositing setup
  • High powered gaming laptops
Visual Effect Live Production in Catalyst's Film Production studio

VFX kits

  • VFX kits including chrome and grey ball, laser meter, trackers, Smoke machine, ventilators etc...
Film Gear - Visual Effects

Film gear

  • Fully packed filmmaking kits including Panasonic EVA1, Panasonic GH5, DSLR cameras, Atomos, Monitors, lights, stands, grip and accessories...
Film Gear - Visual VFX

Practical FX gear

  • VFX make up kit
  • Miniature sets
  • Stop motion kits

Virtual Reality

  • HTC VIVE
VFX workshops with virtual reality

3d scan & motion capture

  • Kinect azure
  • Leap motion
Interactive Gear - motion sensor - Practical VFX at Catalyst

Interactive gear

  • Midi controllers
  • Arduino kits
  • Projectors for projection mapping

Arduino - Visual Effects - Practical VFX

Projectors

  • Projectors for projection mapping
VFX Lab workshop in Film Studio at Catalyst

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. 

Showreel by Matthieu Schmit - Programme Lead & Tutor

Our team

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