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Certificate (HE) in Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH

Program description

Certificate (HE) in Visual Effects, Digital Arts & Animation

Get a taste of nearly every subject in the broad territory of VFX and digital arts, along with the foundational and practical tools and methods used every day in the creative industry.

Develop your skills and knowledge of industry standard hardware and software whilst producing a minimum of 25 finalised works ranging through concept design, matte paintings, 2D and 3D animations, VFX master shots and practical on-set effects.

The focus for this 1-year hands-on and intensive course is on the practical elements of visual effects and digital image design, developed through multiple ongoing projects that you will complete individually or collaboratively with peers from the filmmaking, acting and music production programmes. During this whirlwind year you’ll be going deep into the fundamentals of image composition, animation and storytelling in combination with applicable theory, eye training and of course, a lot of practical real-life experience.

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

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 our Acting, Film & Music Production Schools!), take photos and references, supervise on film sets and in a green screen studio, create and animate 2D graphic elements, compose matte paintings, sketch, and bring 3D assets to life.

This one year VFX, Digital Arts & Animation 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 technological arts industry.

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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

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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