Please be sure to read our Terms & School Policies!
In addition to specific course prerequisites (see individual course descriptions), we have the following general requirements:
- All students are required to join and participate in at least one improv jam and see at least one improv show at CCB during the course.
- Students may not miss more than 2 out of 8 classes (there are no make up classes)
- Students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes
- Students must be respectful to their fellow students and course instructors, and adhere to our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct and our Community Code of Conduct.
Any student not meeting these requirements may not be eligible to perform in the student show, continue taking classes, or progress to higher levels without repeating courses.
Zusätzlich zu den individuellen Voraussetzungen für die einzelnen Kurse (siehe Kursbeschreibung), gibt es diese allgemeinen Bedingungen für Schüler der CCBTS.
- Alle SchülerInnen müssen sich während der Kurszeit mindestens eine Improvshow im CCB anschauen (kostenlos). Außerdem sind sie dazu angehalten an mindestens einer Jam im CCB teilzunehmen, sollten ihre Englischkenntnisse dies zulassen.
- SchülerInnen dürfen maximal 2 von 8 Unterrichtseinheiten verpassen (es gibt keine Nachholstunden)
- SchülerInnen sollten nicht mehr als 15 Minuten zu spät zum Unterrichtsbeginn erscheinen. Ein zu spät erscheinen von mehr als 15 Minuten in 4 oder mehr Unterrichtseinheiten führt zum automatischen Ausschluss aus dem Kurs.
- Alle SchülerInnen müssen sich ihren KommilitonInnen und LehrerInnen gegenüber respektvoll benehmen und sich an den Verhaltenskodex der Schule halten.
Jede SchülerIn, die diese Voraussetzungen nicht erfüllt, kann von der Student Show oder der weiteren Teilnahme am Unterricht ausgeschlossen werden, sowie daran gehindert werden weiterführende Kurse beim CCBTS zu besuchen.
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Yes! We take the health & safety of our students and teachers very seriously. We successfully ran courses in the summer and autumn of 2020 with strict health rules in place and transitioned to online classes in November 2020. We’ve been running in-person courses again since August of 2021 in our fully ventilated theatre.
Our current Health & Safety Requirements (updated June 2023):
- If you are feeling unwell, please let your instructor know and stay home!
- We recommend students wear masks unless actively performing in a scene or exercise.
No. We don’t offer test classes or auditing, but we encourage prospective students to join our weekly open improv jam and to come to House team shows on Friday nights to get an idea of what we’re doing and who we are. This is a great way to meet us and current and former students, as well as join in the CCB community.
Yes but… we require students to attend at least 6 of the 8 course sessions in order to pass the course and continue taking higher level courses with us. In addition, students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes in order to pass.
The student show offered as part of most courses is not required, but we feel that participating in the show is a fun and rewarding conclusion to the course, so we highly encourage everyone to participate.
If you know you’ll miss more than 2 classes, we strongly recommend you do not register as you’ll simply not get enough out of the course and you’ll be required to retake the course in order to continue taking courses with us.
We do not offer make-up classes for missed classes. Students are added to a Google Group for their course and can message fellow students for notes about missed classes, but please keep in mind that no one is under any obligation to respond.
We do not offer make-up classes for missed classes. Our courses are almost always full so there is rarely room, but more importantly – improv is a group artform and we put strong emphasis on building a cohesive student group in each course. This gets disrupted when someone joins in for 1 class or plays with a new group for the student show.
Students are added to a Google Group for their course and can message fellow students for notes about missed classes, but please keep in mind that no one is under any obligation to respond.
Unless described otherwise, all courses & workshops are in English, and taught by native or native-level English-speaking instructors. We offer a few courses in German, taught by native German-speaking instructors, and they are clearly labelled as such.
Our courses and workshops are capped at 16 students max; some courses and workshops have a lower class size – these will be noted in the event description.
No. We keep our course and workshop costs low to allow as many students as possible to learn the art & fun of improv. To avoid unnecessary headaches involved in estimating student numbers, keep administrative costs down, and generally be fair to all students and would-be students, we do not offer refunds once a course or workshop registration has been purchased. Please keep this in mind before registering!
Maybe. If the start date for the course you have registered for is 14 or more days away, then we can offer you registration credit to register for another course at another time, or directly transfer your registration to another course you’re eligible for.
If the start date for the course you’ve registered for is under 14 days away then unfortunately we are not able to guarantee you registration credit or transfer.
Yes! All currently enrolled students get free tickets to any improv show at CCB for the duration of their class.
Maybe. We allow course prerequisite exemptions on a case by case basis, but please keep in mind that we rarely grant exemptions. We teach a very specific style of long form that is relatively unique in Europe. We lay the foundation for that in our Intro course and we’ve found that students who have received training at other schools that focus on short form ‘impro’, status and narrative are often at a disadvantage when skipping Levels, in addition to slowing down the progress of other students.
All students must begin their studies at Level 1 – Intro to Improv (See “I’m an experienced improviser, can I skip ahead?” above). Upon satisfactory completion of Level 1 (ie, you receive a Pass mark from your instructor), you may sign up for EITHER Level 2 courses.
Before being eligible to take Level 3 courses, you must complete and pass BOTH Level 2 courses.
Upon satisfactory completion of Level 3, students are eligible to audition for House Harold teams (see below) and to take Electives, Level 4 and Advanced Study courses.
Courses can be completed in either English or German, where available.
As stated above, you’ll need to complete all courses in each Course Level before taking courses in the next level up.
We highly recommend AGAINST taking both Level 2 courses (Game of the Scene and Truth of the Scene) at the same time. Both courses cover very different subject matter and we find that students who take both courses at the same time are often overwhelmed.
Additionally, getting better at improv is all about putting time in. There’s no shortcut and taking both Level 2 courses at once will not make you a stronger improviser quicker; in fact, you’ll likely be stronger taking the courses separately!
Yes, all of our core courses end with a student showcase, free to the public, at Comedy Café Berlin, where students will perform what they’ve learned for family & friends.
Our full contingency plan in case of a full or partial lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic that would prevent us from running classes can be read in our Terms & School Policies.
Other than student showcases and jams, completing the full curriculum at the Training School does not guarantee the right to perform on stage. All students progress at different speeds and simply completing all of our courses does not mean a student is ‘ready for prime time’. We offer consistent and constructive feedback to all students during and after each course and expect students to adjust to notes and better their level of play.
We encourage students to form practice and ‘indie’ teams and provide a list of qualified coaches to assist those teams. There are multiple, independently-produced shows at CCB and around Berlin that book indie teams.
Students who have satisfactorily completed Levels 1 – 3 are eligible to audition for House Harold Teams. Auditions are typically held once or twice a year, depending on student body size and openings on the teams.
More information on performing at CCB is available here.
CCB House Teams represent the pinnacle of our Training School. Students who have satisfactorily completed Levels 1 – 3 are able to audition for the teams, and, upon acceptance, are coached by Training School instructors and coaches. Auditions are typically held once or twice a year, depending on student body size and openings on the teams. Team members are expected to make regular (weekly) practice sessions and shows.
House Teams perform regularly on Friday nights at CCB and House Team performers are given opportunities to produce and perform in other shows at CCB. More info on House Teams is available to eligible students.