FAQs

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We’ve pulled together a list of the most common questions we’re asked about us and our courses.
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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 Ooosh! 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 Falmouth University.

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 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.

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 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.

Please contact info@wbear.io for 20/21 term dates.

The BA (Hons) tuition fees are £9,250 per year for the 3-yr course and £9,950 per year for the 2-yr accelerated online course. 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.

The BA (Hons) course has two options available – the 3yr on campus option and the 2-yr accelerated online (Distance Learning) option. The MA course runs for one year.

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.io. The BA (Hons) minimum entry requirements are A levels (or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical) equivalent to 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points (BTEC / OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at DMM). 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 requirement is an honours degree, or if you don’t have an honours degree qualification, you may still meet the minimum entry requirements via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (as a mature student).

In order to be successful on the BA (Hons) Career Musician 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.

  1. Essential resources: 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.

A Water Bear (Tardigrade) 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.  It is this resilience that inspires us in everything we do.

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