Learn the fundamentals of performing for camera. Discover, develop and hone your fledgling acting skills through practical, confidence boosting learning experiences facilitated by expert tutors and industry professionals.
This high-energy short course is designed for beginners and budding actors eager to play and experiment with their own bodies and their acting abilities. Leave your history books and written essays behind - and get ready for 4 weeks in front of the camera. This is a contemporary acting course made for the increasingly ubiquitous screen.
Walk away with new expectations of your capabilities and videos of the work you've done to share with others. By the end of the course, you’ll have the basic skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to audition and play a role on camera.
- Script analysis
- Scene study
- Character development
- Working with a director
- Acting for camera
- Blocking for camera
- Contrast between acting for camera and live performance
- Voice work
- Casting and audition technique
This course is designed for two audiences.
The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend 4 weeks developing their acting skills to support their own projects and meet like minded people to work with. For this audience the likely progression routes are:-
- Returning to their own project with a new set of skills
- Returning to Catalyst to take one of our other short courses.
The second audience are those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses whom require some practical experience to help prepare them for the longer course. The most likely courses they would progress onto are:-
- HE Certificate Screen Acting (1 Year)
- BA Hons Bachelor Degree Screen Acting (3 Year)
Primer workshop - access programme
Designed for those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry.
These free workshops run at the same time as your short course programme and cover writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context.
They utilise task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE certificate or degree level programmes.
Our tutors are industry experienced with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Here are a few of the experienced and friendly tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.
An international creative community
This year our students came from more than 55 different countries.
As an organisation we celebrate that incredible level of diversity. If we had an organisational face it would have a big smile stretched across it. It’s a total privilege to be able to bring this diverse community together in the inspirational space of our Funkhaus campus in the world class creative metropolis of Berlin.
It's a golden opportunity to meet up and collaborate with like minded peers from around the world. A key part of our approach to learning involves working with others whether as peers, mentors, collaborators, audience or fellow travellers. Passion is always better shared!
In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Watch one of our favourite videos directed, shot and edited by our filmmaking short course students, starring their fellow acting colleagues and decide for yourselves.
The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as an actor.
Our short courses are designed to be accessible to anyone so we do not require any level of academic certification to apply. To qualify you should usually be aged 18 or over. If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.
We accept applications up to 14 days before the course start date but places are assigned on a first come, first served basis so we recommend you make an application as soon as possible.
For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat! Please reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.
Course dates and application deadline
Enrolment fee: €750
Course fee: €1200
If you decide to enrol in both a short and long course with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.
Open days and taster workshops
Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.
Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.
We look forward to meeting you online soon!
Journalism, Documentary and Non-Fiction Performance
This short course is for journalists, documentary filmmakers and trained actors who want to extend their range or transition to non-fiction performance, presenting, narrating or hosting,
HE Certificate Screen Acting
An intensive year designed to rapidly increase your experience and elevate your showreel with performances from dozens of film productions over the course of the year
BA Hons Degree Screen Acting
Over three intensive years hone all of the skills required to become a truly captivating presence on screen.