Make 2023 Your Year: Applications Now Open

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

Applications for the 2023/24 academic 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: 2023 applications are now open!

If you’re ready to kick-start your career in audio or music production, sound for media, filmmaking, screenwriting, visual effects, digital arts and animation, or screen acting, apply by our Standard Deadline of the 31 March, 2023, to secure your spot. Keep reading for more information.

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

Application deadlines

31 March: international (non-EU) and EU
If you will need a visa or intend to apply for funding, we recommend that you apply during this round so that you’ll have enough time for all the associated organisation. Student visa applications can often take 3+ months. You’ll also have more time to plan your re-location to Berlin!

31 May: EU only
This round is for EU citizens only or students with long-term residency in Germany.

Catalyst Berlin Visual Effects lead Matthieu Schmit with students

Funding possibilities

Are you eligible for funding? We’ve compiled a list of agencies which some of our students have successfully received funding from. In 2022, our courses have been approved for BAföG (German state funding) which is good news for local and EU students.

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Alternative pathways to join us

Interested in one of our undergraduate courses but not sure if you have the right academic qualification? Or perhaps you don’t yet have a portfolio? We might be able to admit you to a course based on other life experience, as we recognise that education happens outside the classroom too. We also offer workshops for students who require academic support and run summer courses that could help you to create a portfolio.

If you think that these options could be helpful for you, please contact our Admissions team and we’ll be happy to chat with you: [email protected]

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Signals Festival 2021 by Ian Margio

Summer short courses

If you’re already making plans for the summer of 2023, 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

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.”

Filmmaking students on production in the Catalyst hallway at Funkhaus.

How to apply

The application process varies for each of our courses, but here’s an overview of what to expect

Undergraduate applicants will be asked to provide: personal and educational information, documentation of their education experience, a portfolio or audition tape, and a personal introduction (which can be submitted as a written statement of motivation or a video/audio clip). 

Postgraduate applicants will be asked to provide: personal and educational information, documentation of their education experience, a detailed project proposal, sample of research/academic writing and a portfolio.

Short courses are the easiest to apply for. All that’s needed are your personal details and a statement of motivation.

You can can find out more details on our application portal 

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.

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 2022 are currently running onsite, 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