School of Music & Sound

Dream big and build a life you love

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Subject areas

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

Electronic Music Production & Performance

Create, record, produce, master and perform your own music whilst building an artist/producer portfolio and your own unique profile. Develop creative techniques, industry knowledge, critical analysis and the human attributes required to pursue a rewarding career in electronic music production and performance.

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Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering

Develop a comprehensive understanding of practical tools, technical and creative techniques, industry knowledge, critical analysis and the human attributes required to pursue a rewarding and successful career in sound engineering, music production, mastering, sound design, and a whole range of opportunities within the wider music, film and gaming industry.

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Music and Sound Design for Visual Media

Build an original portfolio whilst producing sound and music for live projects and films as well as writing and recording sound components for film scores, interactive installations, video games, audio libraries and more.

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No ordinary music school

School of Music & Sound is part of Catalyst – Institute for Creative Arts & Technology, based at the extraordinary Funkhaus facility in Berlin. We specialise in music production, sound engineering, studio recording, sound design and electronic music production and performance courses

Our courses will maximise your access to studios and equipment, challenge and stretch you with practical projects, expand and elevate your creative toolset and sweat those synapses in a brain gym of problem solving and critical thinking. 

Sounds like fun huh? It certainly is. At the same time our degrees are rigorously validated by a UK university so it's a work hard, play hard, approach that provides you with the credentials and experience required to take the next step in developing your career.

Building success

Discover and build the creative entrepreneurship and personal leadership skills required to launch yourself in today's music industry through a learning process that will also help develop the tools, skills, attributes and habits which significantly increase your chances of success.

These building blocks help turn a talented, hardworking human being into a genuinely successful one and embed the learning into most of our programmes.

If you really want to go for it, we also have a ground breaking optional course in Self Development & Leadership. This is provided at low cost to all Catalyst students.


Maximise your 'hands on' access to doing what you love

A technological toy room

We know that many of you are gear freaks. So are many of us. Amazing ideas need incredible tools to bring them to life. Our laboratories of sound are packed to the brim with inspirational fuel for your creative endeavours with your very own tech team to guide and support you.

Get your hands on 25 recording and production studios with 2900 bookable items, digital and analogue synths, boutique modulars, analogue tape mixers, drum machines, microphones, mixing consoles, preamps, FX, field recorders, MIDI controllers, decks, CDJs, guitars, amplifiers, pedals, wireless systems and much much more. We have more studios, equipment & facility than all of our Berlin competitors put together!

If I only had one thing

Fun though a technological toy room can be, your mind is the most important and unique piece of gear you’ll ever get your hands on. That’s why we get up close and personal with some of the most important concepts, theories, and intellectual debates in music today, all through the lens of relatable real world exercises.

Work with like minded individuals, experiencing the joys, challenges and thrills of collaboration. Learn to elevate each other whilst adding your voice to a unique international creative community.

Tutors & industry guests

Our courses are taught by a team of permanent tutors & visiting international music 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 is designed to mimic real life in the exciting but grounded and gritty world of the music industry.

Be challenged

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

You'll be challenged with demanding deadlines and engage in working methodologies that resemble the normal everyday, rough and tumble of music 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!

Stories from our creative community

etikett @ the Funkhaus

Our very own radio station broadcasting 24/7 from the Funkhaus, with live shows three days a week. Host a show or get involved behind the scenes. Next recruitment for new hosts and team members starts in September 2020.