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Bachelor Degree (BA HONS) in Visual Effects

Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH
13 September 2021
Application deadline: 30 April 2021
Virtual open day

Program description

Bachelor Degree (BA HONS) in Visual Effects

Develop practical expertise in industry-standard tools and techniques and gain access to professional facilities, equipment and software from day one. This 3-year practical and innovative project-based programme is designed to provide you with the tools and techniques required to create digital images and visual effects solutions for film and media, from conceptualisation to live action productions, digital compositing and everything in between. Engage and adapt to the industry of today and the future, while exploring the future of technological arts, new realities, artificial intelligence and human/machine interfacing.

Admission requirements

Academic qualifications equivalent to ‘A’ level, Baccalaureate or Abitur are normally required. These may be waived if students are able to provide proof of capability via a portfolio of work.

For those students who have the capability but no proof of appropriate qualifications or portfolio we have also designed a new accelerated access course (primer workshops) which runs as part of our short course programme.

Target audience

Digital artists, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers, creatives, graphic designers

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Program content

The first year of this VFX degree course dives into nearly every subject in the broad territory of VFX in order to provide a solid foundation and hands on, practical experience in the tools and methodologies used in today's VFX industry.

Train your eye, explore a variety of techniques and approaches to visual effects, create and mix elements in a final image by shooting practical effects and live action footage with real actors (in collaboration with Catalyst's Acting, Film & Music Schools!), take photos and references, supervise on set and in a green screen studio, create and animate 2D graphic elements, compose matte paintings, sketch, and bring 3D assets to life.

In the second year, the focus shifts from quantity to quality, as you deeper into the art of visual effects and visual creation with workshops in mechanics and dynamics, VFX supervising and digital compositing. Learn new tools and interfaces, but also take time to explore other formats, spaces and realities and to work on the development of the self and one’s own creative voice.

During the final year you craft the final project that makes it all real. Train up in your chosen specialised field to get ready to approach clients, work in short creative bursts focusing on improving specific skills in the context of the larger whole. Whatever profressional outcome you chose to pursue, you will be supported by tutors supported even further in deep one-on-one consultations. All whilst making the most out of your access to professional facilities, gear and equipment.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees: 975 per month

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About this institute

Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology 

Catalyst (formerly known as dBs Berlin) is a creative arts and technology learning institute based at the extraordinary Funkhaus in Berlin. Their courses span electronic music production and performance, audio and music production, sound engineering, film production, filmmaking, visual effects...

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Why study at Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH

Germany ranked #1 study abroad country

Germany has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in Europe (and #3 in the world) for 2020! Whether you're interested in the urban vibes of cities like Munich, Berlin, or Frankfurt or the fairy tale towns of Marburg and Freiburg, you're guaranteed a world class education at a great price!

At Catalyst, we’re constantly on the hunt to provide you with unique experiences within Berlin’s creative community. Running through the heart of all our programmes is the fostering of creative practitioners. That means supporting the development of your creative passions whilst focussing and positioning your professional trajectory.

Alongside your development, as a creative practitioner, we see it as important to support your development as a creative entrepreneur and to connect you with your peers and the wider industry.

Our student experience team provides you with an ever-changing list of extracurricular networking opportunities such as professional and self-development workshops, festival and event collaborations, running your own show on our student-run radio and plenty more.

Volunteering for events is another opportunity for growth. In the past, we’ve arranged for our students to volunteer at Lollapalooza Festival, Berlin Festival, Mira Festival, Ableton Loop, Music Tech Fest, Sacred Ground Festival, Torstraßenfestival, Ry X concert at the Funkhaus and Konzerthaus, Cine-East Film Festival, Superbooth, and CTM.

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Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH

Funkhaus, Nalepastraße 18-50
12459 Berlin

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