Make 2022 Your Year: Applications Now Open

Casting Profile: Catalyst Berlin Screen Acting student Daniel Straube | Photo by Aurélie Nydegger

Applications for the 2022 course year are now open. Here’s everything you need to know.

“Next year is going to be my year.” The last couple of years made it pretty hard to keep faith in that statement. Yet, if you ask some of our thriving current students, who plunged head-first into courses at Catalyst despite the uncertainty of the pandemic, they’ll tell you that next year can always be your year – if you make it happen. So allow us to add a huge opportunity to your horizon: 2022 applications are now open!

If you’re ready to kick-start your career in audio or music production, filmmaking, visual effects, digital arts and animation, or screen acting, apply by our Priority Deadline of the 29th of April, 2022, to secure your spot. Read on for more information.

[Header photo: Screen Acting Bachelor alumnus Daniel Straube by Aurélie Nydegger]

Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for all HE Certificate, Bachelor and Master’s courses is the 29th 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.  Course places are available on a first come, first served basis.

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 by the Priority Deadline and our admissions team will be happy to support you with the documents needed to successfully acquire your student visa or funding. 

The standard application deadline is the 1st July. If you meet our entry requirements, we will do our best to offer you a place on the course of your choice. If there are no places available we will either offer you a place on an alternative course or place you on the waiting list.

Late applications: After the 1st of July all applications are placed on a waiting list.

Catalyst Berlin Visual Effects lead Matthieu Schmit with students

New Student Funding Options!

Big news! Citizens of the EU, migrants and refugees can now apply for student funding at Catalyst via Bafög (German state funding). Funding options for Scandinavian residents are also available via the respective nations’ funding organisations.

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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.

If you are not able to put together the tasks required for our degree course submission, than this option may be helpful. These workshops run alongside our summer short course programme.

However, before considering if you need a Primer Workshop at all, get in touch with our Admissions team so that they can assess your level and advise if this option is needed for you.

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Signals Festival 2021 by Ian Margio

Summer Short Courses

If you’re already making plans for the summer of 2022, our 4-week intense short courses are a great way to get up to speed on the essential foundational skills or simply freshen up on your music production, sound engineering, film production, acting.

🔅 Filmmaking beginners course

🔅 Screen Acting Crash Course

🔅 Electronic Music Production

🔅 Advanced Sound Design

🔅 Studio Recording

🔅 Mixing and Mastering Electronic Music

Additionally, if you’re coming from outside of the EU, the good news is that usually there no visa is required to stay in Berlin for 4-weeks!

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Catalyst Berlin Film Production student and NothingMan series gaffer Jayden Bailey

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.

“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.

Need help? Contact us
VFX miniature shooting workshop

Get a Sneak Peek

Get a taste of Catalyst from the comfort of your sofa! Got any burning questions about the applications process? Attend an Ask Admissions session (next up: 7th and 9th of December).

Get a tour of our world-class facilities and learn about our courses and community at a Virtual Open Days or tours. You can also schedule a campus visit directly with our Admissions team.

And don't forget to sign up to one of our exciting interactive taster workshops for an insight into the learning process on your desired course.

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catalyst Berlin Welcome Day 2021 by Dico Baskoro

COVID-19 Update

Our longer courses which started in September 2021 are currently running onsite with distancing and hygiene protocols in place, plus some limited sessions running online for convenience.

If you are concerned about how the current situation will develop, our COVID-19 money-back guarantee still applies. If you make an enrolment payment (and a single tuition fee payment) to guarantee your place on any of our courses and you are unable to attend the course for any reason directly related to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will offer a full refund of your tuition.

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