All students applying to study at WaterBear must take part in a 1-1 Consultation prior to any course offer being made.

What is the 1-1 Consultation for?

At WaterBear, the 1-1 Consultation is an essential part of the application process. It’s designed to give us a chance to meet you in person and discuss your aspirations and what you want to achieve by coming to WaterBear. It is also a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions you may have about WaterBear so that you 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 convenient time for you.

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 music work.

Do I have to visit in person?

We recommend that anyone who is able should come to see us personally at the college in Brighton, if possible. However, you can also choose to have your Consultation via remote video conferencing. It is important that we can interact visually with you, so a basic telephone call is not appropriate.

What do I need to bring?

In the lead up to the Consultation, we will ask you to provide links (video / audio / etc.) that show your best creative work. This helps us to determine what level you’re at and what activities you have been involved with. If nothing has been sent to us prior to the Consultation, we request you bring examples of your work along with you on the day.

Will I have to play or sing?

Live vocal or instrumental demonstrations are not essential, but it will be necessary for us to review your level of musicianship and music work. To do this, vocalists and instrumentalists should provide audio / video links to work that best showcases their abilities. BA (Hons) / Masters applicants who aren’t singers or instrumentalists will also be required to share examples of their work and music activities. Anyone not able to provide evidence may be asked to play or sing on the day, to determine the level of their abilities. If you would prefer to play or sing live on the day, please let us know in advance. WaterBear will not be able to recommend you for an offer if you’re not able to demonstrate your musical work and ability during the Consultation.

What happens after the Consultation?

WaterBear aims to give you 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. If we recommend you for an offer, an official offer letter will then be triggered and issued by our partner university shortly after.