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Bachelor Degree (BA HONS) in Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH

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Bachelor Degree (BA HONS) in Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Master the latest, cutting-edge digital technologies whilst producing 2D and 3D animations, digital images and visual effects solutions for film, gaming, AR/VR, live performance, installation and interactive art.

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, media and gaming from conceptualisation to live action productions, post-production, digital compositing, 2D & 3D animation and everything in between. 

Develop practical expertise in industry-standard tools and techniques and gain access to professional facilities, equipment and software from day one.

Engage and adapt to the industry of today and the future, while exploring the future of technological arts, new and immersive realities, creative coding 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.

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Program content

Our degree course immerses you in the world of digital arts and visual fx design with a vast range of ‘hands on’ projects, real world briefs, professional workflows and experimental hands-on workshops that will broaden your outlook and focus your creative output. 

Create & collaborate

Collaborate with film directors, producers, actors, musicians and creatives on multiple film productions and digital arts projects. Get ongoing support, guidance and mentorship from our industry professional tutors to sharpen your technical skills, grow your creative muscle and build an industry relevant portfolio.


Tuition fees: 975€ per month


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

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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