The College of Music

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WaterBear offers BA (Hons) degree and master's courses made for today's musicians, artists and industry professionals. We’re about smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery, bespoke one-to-one mentoring and exclusive work experience and career development opportunities. We’re based in the heart of Brighton, one of the UK’s most exciting cities for music and the arts. We also have a range of online distance learning courses too. WaterBear is a College of Falmouth University, a pioneer in creative industries education, entrepreneurship and innovation.


Our Courses

Our BA (Hons) music degree courses can be studied on site, or fully online via distance learning. Blended learning options are also available on our master’s programmes. All courses are approved and awarded by Falmouth University.

BA (Hons) Career Musician

(3 years, on-site)

For dedicated musicians and artists ready to commit to a life in music.


BA (Hons) Career Musician

(2 years, online)

For self-motivated musicians and artists who want a degree but with the flexibility of online study.


BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business

(3 years, on-site)

For dedicated electronic music artists and DJs wanting to sharpen their skills and get their music heard.


BA (Hons) Electronic Music & Business

(2 years, online)

For self-motivated electronic music artists and DJs who want a degree but with the flexibility of online study.


MA Music Performance, Production & Business

(1-year full time)

For music degree graduates who want to take their music to the next level.


MA Music Industry Enterprise

(1-year full time)

For music professionals wanting to amplify their music projects and careers.


MA Music Industry Enterprise

(2 years part time, online)

For music professionals who want a master’s but can’t commit to a full-time course.


Open Days

Our Open Days are relaxed and informal and provide you with the opportunity to find out everything you need to know about WaterBear. You’ll be able to ask questions, chat with staff and students and experience the unique college environment for yourself. Click the link below to find out more and book your place.

WaterBear Life

Being at WaterBear is about more than just being a music student at uni. It’s a way of life. It’s about being immersed in music, in a place where you’re supported to grow artistically and professionally.  And we’re located in the heart of Brighton, one of the UK’s greatest cities for music, arts and nightlife.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are very proud to partner with some of the biggest names in music to offer various Scholarship awards and free course places. We also offer a range of bursaries to help students fund their studies and activities at WaterBear.  

School Tours

We regularly visit schools and colleges around the UK, offering free workshops with help and advice for young musicians and artists. If you know of a school or college who’d like a visit from WaterBear, click the link below to find out how it works. 

2022 Prospectus

Want to know about our BA (Hons) music degree and master’s courses in more detail? The latest 2022 WaterBear Prospectus is available to order. Just fill out the form and we’ll get one sent to you.

WaterBear Alumni

Finished your course? It doesn’t stop there. The WaterBear Alumni Network will keep you up to date with events, masterclasses, job opportunities, conferences and industry happenings, so even though you’ve stopped studying, you’ll always feel involved and part of the WaterBear family.

Sacha Skarbek

James Blunt, Adele
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Demelza Mather

The Wytches
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Mark Richardson

Skunk Anansie / Feeder
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Liam Kearley

Black Peaks
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Melanie Howard

The Wedding Present
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Matt White

The Temperance Movement
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Duncan Howlett

Portfolio Musician
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Rob Town

Stampede Press
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Samuel Organ

The Physics House Band
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Jon Constantine

Rockfield Studios
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Amba Tremain

Boy George
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Tim Trotter

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Ben Ash

Carcass / Satyricon
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Dave Colquhoun

Rick Wakeman / Ozzy Osbourne
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Stuart Bruce

Band Aid / Stevie Wonder
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Our Partners

We partner with some the biggest names and brands in music, bringing our students unrivalled opportunities to learn from inside the music industry.

Toolroom Academy
Anderton's Music
British Drum Co.
Last Man Music
Favour The Brave
The Rev Rooms
The Great Escape
Ooosh! Tours
Brighton Electric
Small Pond
ArcTanGent Festival
Pioneer DJ
Future DJs
DJ Mag
Cavendish Music
Code Drum Heads
Slate Digital
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Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230
Email: [email protected]

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

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