The Spree river view at Funkhaus

Kick-Start Your Creative Future: 2021 Applications Now Open

Posted by Dee Cunning on 11/12/2020 in Catalyst

Applications for the 2021 course year are now open. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

This time last year, we imagined 2020 as the opening parade to a decade of opportunity. How could it be that a date so round, balanced and futuristic-sounding could be the setting for such a catastrophe? If 2020 were a party – albeit one taking place in Stranger Things – ambitions certainly didn’t make the guest list. Unless, of course, you joined us at Catalyst regardless!

As all creatives know, success never comes from standing still. The great news is that, thanks to rigorous Corona safety regulations, all classes at Catalyst are taking place onsite. And faced with this collective challenge, we’re feeling more driven than ever. 

Could 2021 be the year that you plunge head first into your goals? If you’re ready to kick-start your career in audio or music production, filmmaking, visual effects or screen acting, the time to apply is now!

Priority & Non-EU

The priority deadline for all HE Certificate, Bachelor and Master’s courses is the 30th of April. Apply by this date and we guarantee you’ll get a place on your desired course, providing your application meets our entry requirements. 

Perhaps you’ve been wanting to join Catalyst since last year and things didn’t work out. Maybe you just can’t wait to join our amazing international community. If your heart is set on one of our courses, we advise you to apply as soon as possible. Course places are available on a first come, first served basis, and due to Corona restrictions, we now have a strict limit of 16 students per class.

If you are a non-EU resident, you can already start applying for a study visa, which depending on your country of residence, may take a few months. Apply before the 28th of February and our admissions team will be happy to support you with the documents needed to successfully acquire your student visa or funding. 

Mareen Nagel of UNRUSH, Superbooth and Mareena at the Signals Festival 2020 panel talk at Catalyst Berlin on the pandemic and the music industry | Photo by Dico Baskoro

Standard Deadline

The standard deadline for all nationalities is the 30th of June. If your application meets our requirements, we’ll do our best to secure you a place on your desired course. If all places are taken, we’ll try to offer you one on an alternative course or add you to the waiting list. If you are from the EU, you may still apply after this date, providing any places are left.

From Sweden, Norway or Iceland and would like to request funding? The following organisations have provided funding for BA or MA study with us: CSN in Sweden, Lín in Iceland and Lånekassen in Norway.

Panel discussion with Sarah Farina, Bloomfeld, Vio PRG and the GSBTB Open Music Lab | Signals Festival 2020 at Catalyst Berlin | Photo by Ian Dunham

Primer Workshops

Want to start an HE Certificate or Bachelor programme at Catalyst but lack the standard entry requirements? Then get access through our Primer Workshops! 

Utilising task and project-based learning methodology, the workshops focus on essential study skills to ensure that you’re prepared for our longer HE certificate or degree-level programmes.

Music Production Workflow Troubleshooting Workshop with Charlie Baldwin and Issabassi | Signals Festival 2020 at Catalyst Berlin | Photo by Frankie Casillo

A Word of Encouragement

According to admissions lead Sylvia Gozdek, what really makes applicants stand out is being open and honest about interests and goals, and demonstrating a strong motivation to learn and collaborate. “Collaboration is one of the most enriching things you can do in your time with us,” Sylvia says.

“Working on projects with your fellow students who have different interests and skills than you is not only fun, but it also mirrors what you might spend your professional life doing. We like to see people who can work well with others. It’s also important for you to have an idea of where your skills are at currently. If this is clear, we can help you figure out where you want to go and how to get you there.”

“Communicate with us if you need some extra time for a step and don’t stress about the quality of any track or videos you submit. Finally, if you are ambitious, don’t hide that. We try hard to create a safe space for people to dream big.”

A Dialogue on Inspiration Versus Appropriation with Charlton Ravenberg, Red Haircrow, Augustyn and Cavana Hazelton | Catalyst Berlin

What to Submit

The application process varies with each of our courses. For detailed guidelines, find your course on the music, film or acting sections of our website and click the APPLY button.

If you’re applying to any of our HE Certificate or Bachelor courses in music, film, acting or visual effects, you choose how you wish to introduce yourself. You may either write a 500-word personal statement, submit a short video or audio file, or have a phone or in-person interview. A scan of your academic qualifications and your personal contact details are also required.

Applicants to the Creative Production MA courses in music and film should submit a project proposal, a scan of their academic qualifications and their personal contact details.

For the short courses, you’ll need to submit a 300-word statement of motivation along with your personal contact details.

Catalyst Berlin Visual Effects lead Matthieu Schmit with students

Get a Sneak Peek

Step right into our Funkhaus facilities from the comfort of your sofa. ⁠Our next Virtual Open Day takes place online on the 5th of February. 

As well as showing you around with a live tour of our world-class studios and more, you'll learn about our courses from our tutors and students. For any burning questions, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A. 

Register to receive the zoom link and submit your questions. 

COVID-19 Update

As we approach the winter season, Berlin has a growing number of confirmed Coronavirus cases. Whilst the level is still low compared with many places in Europe, we are keeping a close eye on events. We have not yet had any confirmed cases at Catalyst and classes have been taking place onsite with a number of extra precautions in place to ensure the wellbeing of our community. Any non-essential attendance on campus has been controlled.

Compared with most universities, our class sizes of 16 are extremely small. We have 49 separate learning spaces in our facilities which keeps us in a strong position to deliver our courses onsite. We will continue to review our operating practices to ensure the safeguarding of our learning community whilst complying with all regulations put in place by the German government and the Berlin Senate.

BIOMIMIKRY installation by Frank Peroni and Vinzenz Hangler | Signals Festival 2020 at Catalyst Berlin | Photo by Dico Baskoro