Falmouth University to accredit WaterBear music degrees

A commitment to quality and innovation

WaterBear founding directors Adam and Bruce talk about the new partnership with Falmouth University who are now accrediting our new music degrees. They explain how this relationship strengthens the BA and MA degree courses, WaterBear’s unique offering and the musicians who study at the college both online and on-site.

Bruce: We’ve got some very exciting news!

Adam: Absolutely! From this year (2020), we have a new university partner – Falmouth University – who will validate all our new degree courses, which we’re incredibly excited about. Falmouth is one of the foremost arts universities in the world, with a firm commitment to partnerships and innovation.

Bruce: This new partnership will apply to anyone who’s starting a music course with us in 2020. The reason it’s so exciting is that it’s such a great cultural fit because of the commitment to quality in the arts in Higher Education and innovation. We’ve developed a new BA (Hons) qualification – ‘BA (Hons) Career Musician’ – and also a Masters qualification entitled MA ‘Music Entrepreneur’ already under this new partnership.

Adam: All the great stuff at WaterBear hasn’t changed. We’re still WaterBear. It’s still has independent learning at the heart. We’re just partnering with another university for our new music courses.  All of our current courses remain unchanged and so does our proud partnership with the University of Chichester, our university partner for all existing courses.

Bruce: The content has evolved for the new courses. We’ve still got a big focus on areas such as Technique, Improvisation, Live Performance, Songwriting and Composition, Studio Production, Recording Mixing and Mastering, Entrepreneurship, Business Studies… all that great stuff as before. But where it’s really different and where it has evolved is in its flexibility. You can build the course around your lifestyle and the way you want to study. Your course, whether it’s BA or Masters, is even more about you and where you want to take it professionally. Of course, that part is still carefully curated by lots of one-on-one discussion, flexible learning delivery and small class sizes.

Adam: By the time you read this our website will have full details about these new degree courses and how to apply for them, which is really straightforward. For the Masters you can apply directly to WaterBear and there’s a Falmouth University application form to fill out. For the three-year BA, you apply through UCAS with the new course codes on the website. For the 2-year accelerated distance learning BA, again you use the application form. And as usual, all applicants for all courses are invited to a 1-2-1 consultation. So, that’s it! We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone later this year on the new WaterBear / Falmouth University courses. If you’ve got any questions about our flexible degrees, just drop us a line and we’re very much looking forward to seeing you soon!

Bruce: Thank you for being part of the WaterBear journey.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the admissions manager at WaterBear, Megan Sayer, via the email address: megan@wbear.io. If you are yet to apply, or are currently holding an offer from us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Rest assured that Megan will be in touch with all offer holders very soon with details as to what to do next in regard to transferring your application.

By Bruce Dickinson

Bruce has had 11 top forty hits and a number 1 album with Little Angels. He’s toured with Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and opened for Guns N’ Roses on their first UK shows. With his group Colour of Noise, he has run a successful Pledge album campaign and he continues to help new bands through curating the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival and Underground Music Conference events. Bruce was a founder of the BIMM group of colleges, leaving in 2012 for the Little Angels reunion at Download Festival and UK tour. He has negotiated several university partnerships and written many validated degree courses, with thousands of undergraduates studying those courses still. He holds an MA in Education Management.
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By Adam Bushell

A professional drummer of over 25 years, Adam has played for many top-level bands and artists including Freak Power, Will Young, Martha Reeves, Sam Brown, Phil Hilborne, Richie Kotzen, Jose Feliciano and Jason Derulo. He’s a regular contributor to Rhythm magazine and as a drum tutor, has guided the development of many hundreds of students, both privately and at various renowned music institutions. With over 20 years’ experience in music education, he held successive positions as Principal of two of the UK’s largest private music education colleges, before co-founding WaterBear.
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