The College of Music.

Degree courses for forward-thinking musicians.

With a commitment to smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery and one-to-one mentoring, WaterBear represents a fresh approach to Higher Education.

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Our Courses

Study online or on-site. Our music degree courses give you the choice to study in a way that suits you. All are internationally recognised by Falmouth University and delivered at our city-wide campus in the heart of Brighton, UK.

BA (Hons) Career Musician

You are an independent, self-motivated musician who wants to thrive, not just survive.

BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business

Produce great music. Hone your skills. Forge your career.

MA Music Entrepreneur

Sharpen your commercial edge. Study online or with a blend of on-site and online activity. It’s up to you.

Open Days

Book your visit to come see us at WaterBear.

The Royal Blood 2021 Scholarship

One musician. One scholarship. This September.

Hang with us

WaterBear Hangs give you a unique opportunity to interact with our college team in real-time, using Zoom. Sign up for a hang now!

Tutors and Departments

WaterBear tutors have top-level music industry experience. Simply put, we’ve got your back.


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WaterBear Hangs featuring Stuart Knight

Our very special guest at WaterBear Hangs next Thursday 15th April from 7-9pm is the […]

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How to play guitar like Santana

Carlos Santana perhaps needs no introduction. He has been one of the main public faces […]

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How to play bass like Cliff Burton

The silhouette of Cliff Burton has loomed large over rock since his playing burst onto […]

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The Winner of The Dirk Lance Bursary is…

Earlier this month, WaterBear joined forces with the incredible bassist Dirk Lance to offer an […]

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WaterBear Hangs featuring Jo Garland

Our very special guest this Saturday 27th March at WaterBear Hangs is the wonderful Jo […]

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WaterBear Life

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All students applying to study at WaterBear must take part in a 1-1 Consultation prior […]

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WaterBear does not offer student housing. However, we work closely with local agencies to help […]

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Student Support
Wellbeing, and the health and happiness of our musicians is more important than anything. We […]

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Life In Brighton
Brighton & Hove is one of the greatest cities in England for music, nightlife and […]

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Funding & Finance
Tuition Fees BA (Hons) Career Musician 3-year full-time on-site (blended learning) £9,250 per year BA […]

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Why WaterBear?

Tardigrade (AKA Water Bear)

  • Micro-animal that is found everywhere, in all extreme climates
  • The most resilient creature known to humanity. Survives and adapts to its surroundings
  • This resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do