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Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology


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About Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

Country Germany
City Berlin
Number of courses 22
Year founded 2013
Number of students 450

Catalyst is a safe space to dream big.

Discover, develop and celebrate your unique creative identity at the extraordinary Funkhaus in Berlin.

Catalyst's undergraduate degree courses span electronic music production and performance, creative audio production and sound engineering, music and sound design for visual media, film production, screenwriting, visual effects, digital arts and animation, and screen acting. Catalyst also has two practice-based and research-led Creative Production Masters degrees in Film and Music, and a unique selection of beginner and intermediate/advanced 4-week short courses in the summer. All courses are facilitated by an international team of tutors, industry experts and practicing artists.These practical and specialist courses are all facilitated by an international team of tutors, industry experts and practicing artists.

Using immersive, hands-on, project based learning to develop your subject specialist skills, real world human attributes and industry know-how, Catalyst provides a learning experience which will transform your daily life long after you have left the school behind.

Catalyst has been providing world-class creative production training in the UK for 20 years and Berlin for more than 10 years. Catalyst has an established reputation for delivering exciting, hands-on, relevant and engaging education in a relaxed and adult environment.

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A.R. - Director and Film Production alum

From a film student perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Catalyst (Formerly dBs Berlin). I took the 1 year diploma course with plans to expand my portfolio and apply for a Masters in Fine Arts degree at NYU, USC, and Loyola in the US - I ended up being accepted into all 3. By taking advantage of the resources and the extremely helpful tutors (booking equipment during my free time, meeting tutors privately for script feedback, etc), I was aided in creating a handful of valuable short films in such a short time span.

The cohort has extremely hard working people, those interested in collaborating and sharing ideas in a non-competitive space. My latest film, 'Generation Z', has just been accepted into Indie Short Fest in LA, and I thank Catalyst (formerly dBs Berlin) for the resources, feedback, as well as my hardworking crew for helping me with this amazing experience. Highly recommend!

H.C - producer, live artist and Electronic Music Production & Performance alum

"Signing up to Catalyst (formerly dBs Berlin) was one of the best decisions i've made. I was on the fence for a while whether taking a music production degree would be worth its while financially but I'm very glad I did. I was operating in the music industry for a few years from a more business perspective, but needed to express ideas I had bottled up. Firstly having the opportunity to work in studios as respected worldwide as Funkhaus is something I feel truly blessed to enjoy. I have even ended up making a track with a very talented producer on my favourite label.

The teaching I have experienced has pushed me to try creative production techniques I would of otherwise not necessarily explored. In addition to this I feel like my knowledge of both production techniques and my contextual understanding of musical movements has vastly improved. I think this is hugely undervalued and will help anyone progress that little bit further.

I would say however you need to be in the right mindset to get the most out of what Catalyst has to offer. Attend each class, ask questions and book out your max studio hours otherwise you won't get the most out of it. If you are driven and proactive enough then it can serve you well but that's your decision."

J.K - Screen Acting student

"I love that we're treated like we are already working in the industry. I think that aspect of the school is one of the most important parts because you learn the hard way what needs to be done and what you can expect when stepping out of the Funkhaus with a degree in your hand. I feel like at the end of the third year I'm going to be fully prepared and ready to take on the industry."⁠⁠

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

Citizens of the EU and certain groups from outside the EU can now apply for German state funding. Options for Scandinavian and Dutch residents are also available via the respective nations’ funding organisations. Learn more here.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language

Accommodation Information for Students

Finding a new 'home away from home' takes time and a fair amount of preparation. Once you've made an application to Catalyst, you'll gain access to student resources and a Facebook group where our community also posts about rooms on their radar or available spots in their own WG (shared apartment). Start as soon as possible and aim for a long term solution. Learn more here.

Study Abroad Information

Berlin is the most exciting destination on the planet for producers, musicians, sound engineers, DJ’s, filmmakers, performers and artists. It’s bold, it’s gritty, it’s cutting-edge and it pulsates with a creative youthful energy which never fails to put a smile on your face. Learn more here.


Facts about Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology

  • Year institution founded: 2013
  • Total enrolled: 450
  • Men to women ratio: 50/40

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