Consultation - WaterBear | The College of Music

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1-1 Consultation Guidelines

All students applying for WaterBear must take part in a 1-1 Consultation prior to any course offer being made.  The information below will help prospective students find out what it’s for and what can be expected.


– What is the 1-1 Consultation for?

At WaterBear, the 1-1 Consultation is an essential part of the application process.  It is designed to give us a chance to meet our prospective students in person and discuss their aspirations and what they want to achieve by coming to WaterBear.  It is also a great opportunity for potential students to ask us any questions they may have about WaterBear so that they are fully informed to make the right choice about where to study.


– When do the Consultations happen?

Consultations are scheduled throughout the week. We try to be flexible to arrange them at a mutually convenient time for each applicant.


– What happens at the Consultation?

Consultations usually last for around 1 hour, during which time we will want to talk to you about your activities within music, your career aspirations and why you want to study with us at WaterBear.  We will also want to see examples of your activities and achievements within music to date.


– Do I have to visit in person?

Anyone living a long way from the college campus in Brighton can choose to have their Consultation via Skype, or similar.  It is important that we can interact visually with each person, so a basic telephone call is not appropriate.  We do recommend that anyone who is able should come to see us in Brighton, in person, if at all possible.


– What do I need to bring?

In the lead up to the Consultation, we will have asked each applicant to provide links (video / audio / etc.) to examples of their creative work.  This helps us to determine what level the applicant has achieved musically and what activities they have been participating in.  If however nothing has been sent to us anything prior to the Consultation, we would ask everyone to bring examples of their work along on the day, or at least the relevant links so we can view content online.


– Will I have to play or sing?

Live practical demonstrations of vocal and instrumental ability are not essential.  However, vocalists and instrumentalists must be able to provide audio / video links to their best work that showcases their ability.  This will be reviewed as part of the Consultation.  Anyone not able to provide evidence may be then asked to play or sing on the day, to determine the level of their abilities.   BA (Hons) applicants who aren’t singers or instrumentalists will also be required to share examples of their work and activity in music, to be reviewed as part of the Consultation.


– What happens after the Consultation?

WaterBear aim to give applicants a decision on whether an offer can be made immediately after the Consultation.  In some cases, further consideration may be necessary which may delay the decision by up to 48 hrs. Official offer letters are sent out at the end of each week.

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