FAQ - WaterBear | The College of Music

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T: +44 (0) 1273 726230   |   E: info@wbear.io



  • Why WaterBear | The College of Music ?

    We are transforming music education with our commitment to 1-1 mentoring, exceptional personal development, smaller class sizes and flexible course delivery. All tutors and mentors at WaterBear are experienced innovators and professionals who have worked alongside some of the biggest artists in the industry. In addition to the main College HQ, we regularly hold timetabled activities in venues across the City of Brighton. What better place to learn live performance skills than in the exclusive confines of Oosh Tours rehearsal space (used by Royal Blood & Architects) the legendary Green Door Store music venue, or studio recording techniques at Small Pond and the famed Retreat studios (previous clients include Nick Cave & Bat For Lashes). We also offer all WaterBear students Free Rehearsal Space at Small Pond studios. Our qualifications are internationally recognised and accredited by the University of Chichester.

  • Will there be performance opportunities within the college?

    Yes. WaterBear is closely linked to a host of local venues and performance spaces where we run regular live performance workshops and events. These venues include Brighton Electric, Komedia, The Haunt, The Hope and Ruin, Green Door Store, The Walrus, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar and The Prince Albert. You’ll also be part of a community of like-minded creative individuals, so there will be plenty of opportunity for collaborative projects.

  • How are the courses delivered?

    All WaterBear programmes incorporate on-site and online study, the latter able to be done remotely from the WaterBear campus. We also run regular conferences, seminars and events with creative industry professionals in addition to timetabled lecture activity, to which you’ll be invited to attend.

  • What are the term dates?

    Please contact info@wbear.io for 19/20 term dates.

  • How much do the courses cost?

    The BA (Hons) tuition fees are £9,250 per year. Tuition fee loans are available for the BA (Hons) programme. The MA tuition fees are £9,950 for the one-year course. Tuition fee loans are also available for this programme. More information concerning eligibility and availability of student finance can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

  • How long do WaterBear courses run for?

    The BA (Hons) course runs for three years and the MA course runs for one year.

  • How do I apply for a course and what qualifications do I need?

    For more information and to book your 1-to-1 personal consultation with the WaterBear Team, call us on 01273 726230 or email us at info@wbear.ioThe BA (Hons) minimum entry requirements are A levels (or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical) equivalent to 96 – 112 UCAS tariff points. BTEC / OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at MMM. Note these are guidelines only; anyone not meeting the stated requirements may still be eligible for a place and should book a consultation to discuss individual circumstances. The MA minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at 2:2 or higher, or if you don’t have an honours degree qualification, you may still meet the minimum entry requirements via the Recognition of Prior Learning (as a mature student).

  • What essential resources do I need to undertake the 2 -yr Online Degree?

    In order to be successful on the BA (Hons) in Commercial Music online accelerated 2 year course, it is imperative that you have regular access to the following resources for the very start of the course. Core course content will require the constant use of the below equipment.

    Essential resources:
    (1) Access to DAW – recommended: Pro-Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton or equivalent. (2)Reliable, high speed internet connection & bandwidth.(3)Laptop capable of running DAW, audio interface, plug ins & processing audio and video (recommended specs: 8-16GB RAM, 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, 8MB buffer, 1TB hard drive is recommended) (4) Audio interface – recommended: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – 2nd Gen or equivalent. (5) Dynamic mic – recommended: Shure SM57 or equivalent. (6) Headphones – recommended: Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Studio Headphones,Beyerdynamic DT770 or equivalent. (7) Recommended:Condenser mic – recommended: AUDIO TECHNICA 2020, C3000 B, RODE NT1A or equivalent. (8) Access to video editing software – iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe Premier or equivalent. (9) Pop Shield and reflection filter if recording vocals.

  • What is a Water Bear?

    A Water Bear (Tardigrada) is a water-dwelling, eight-legged micro-animal. They have been found everywhere: from mountaintops to the deep sea and mud volcanoes; from tropical rain forests to the Antarctic. They are among the most resilient known animals, with individual species able to survive extreme conditions that would be rapidly fatal to nearly all other known life forms.

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