The College of Music.

Music degree courses for the musicians of today.

Professional 1 to 1 mentoring. Smaller class sizes. Flexible study options. On-demand support. WaterBear sets a new standard in music education.

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Our Courses

Our innovative BA (Hons) and master’s degrees are designed for today’s serious musicians and artists. Full-time, part-time and accelerated course options allow you to study in a way that suits you. All courses are fully approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University, and delivered from 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 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