Certificate (HE) in Acting
Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology GmbH
EUR 11,750 / per year
31 May 2024
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Embody your fullest self and unlock your potential on stage and screen. Our undergraduate acting programme is contemporary, highly practical, project-based and designed to prepare you for a career as a versatile actor in today’s ever-changing media and performance landscape. You’ll gain the skills, experience and confidence to tackle a huge variety of acting roles in a vast range of formats and media, as well as the necessary self-sufficiency and proactivity to secure opportunities in the industry.
Whether in rehearsal, on set or in practical workshops, you’ll be guided through your acting training by industry-acclaimed practising professionals. You will also have the opportunity to work in collaboration with our film, music and visual effects students and star in a range of productions.
You can study this programme either as a full three-year BA degree or the first year only as a one-year HE Certificate.
In this course, you’ll work on what we call impossible briefs. You’ll intentionally be given too little time to accomplish a given challenge that trains you for the industry – forcing you to stretch your creative and collaborative muscles to solve the puzzle. Almost every week you’ll perform in a film, either as cast or crew, or in a stage performance, in rotating teams so that you work with different groups from your class. You’ll use freshly-written scripts and rotate directors each time. It’s a fast, fun and powerfully accelerated learning environment. During the second semester, you’ll showcase your skills to the public with a live theatre performance.
As you build your experience in a short amount of time and appear in a variety of projects for both stage and screen, you will generate a rich variety of material that you can use in your showreel and online presence. The curriculum gives you training in voice reels, live performance, acting for camera, voice and movement, as well as industry insights through guest lectures throughout the year. You’ll apply what you learn as you feature in short films, commercials, music videos and more.
Throughout the year, you’ll gain a professional and creative toolkit that will enable you to:
- Practise and develop foundational skills in the craft of acting.
- Practise your skills in front of the camera.
- Develop your critiquing skills.
- Learn to write scripts for film and television.
- Practise foundational principles in training your voice and acting skills.
- Learn about potential routes in the industry and what you need to do to begin.
- Develop your own style and build a profile.
- Perform in a showcase in front of a live audience.
If you choose to enrol for our HE Certificate, you will take just the first year of this programme as a standalone qualification. The one-year HE Certificate course is the same as the first year of the BA programme and you'll be learning alongside the BA students throughout the year. You have the option of progressing into the second year of our BA programme after successfully completing the HE Certificate, subject to results and availability of places.
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As well as leaving Catalyst with a brimming network of peers able to fill any role needed on set or on stage, your public-facing profile and body of work will equip you to apply to acting jobs across the board. You’ll be ready for performing in film, television, non-fiction and theatre productions, as well as voice acting in animations and podcasts or advertising or hosting on the radio. Online content and streaming services are continuing to grow, opening an array of job opportunities and routes into the industry. You’ll be completing your studies in the city of Berlin, which has a thriving film industry and growing English-speaking community of creatives. All of this, as well as being home to Berlinale – considered one of Europe's "Big Three" film festivals, alongside Venice and Cannes.
Aside from being employable as an actor, there are other routes to take too. The course fully prepares you to be self-sufficient enough to make your own work – not just to take direction from others. Creative direction for theatre, film or television will be an option for you too. You’ll also be ready to work in a related profession, such as writing or teaching.