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The music industry has changed. We know it’s about time music education did the same. WaterBear is the music college for today’s musicians who are determined to forge a sustainable career in music and take control of their own destiny.

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 professionals who have worked with some of the biggest artists in the industry.

We are based in Brighton, our creative home. In addition to our 2 central Brighton college sites and seafront music venue (The Great Bear), we regularly hold timetabled activities in venues across the city. We call this our city-wide campus. We offer all WaterBear students free rehearsal space and studio recording time at Small Pond studios, as well as regular time in places such as The Prince Albert music venue and Ooosh! Tours rehearsal facility.

All our courses are approved by Falmouth University, one of the UK’s foremost universities specialising in creative arts.

Yes. As well as our very own music venue on the seafront, The Great Bear, we’re also close to many other local venues and performance spaces where we run regular live performance workshops and events. These venues include The Prince Albert, The Komedia and The Green Door Store. You’ll also be part of a community of like-minded creative individuals, so there will be plenty of opportunity for collaborative projects.

Onsite, online and on-demand. Our courses feature a blend of timetabled classes, drop-in 1-1 mentoring and bookable facilities access, all backed up by a virtual learning environment rich with knowledge and information that all students can access, whatever the chosen course of study. You’ll have the flexibility to access content and information at whatever time you choose, from wherever you are. Whether or not you choose to study on site, WaterBear courses offer ultimate flexibility to suit each individual. Fully-online BA (Hons) and master’s students will access all teaching and learning via the online virtual learning environment.

Please contact info@wbear.io for 21/22 term dates.

The BA (Hons) course 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 all BA (Hons) courses. 1-yr master’s courses tuition fees are £9,950, with post-graduate tuition fee loans also available. More information regarding eligibility and availability of student finance can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

You can find out more about how your fees are spent by viewing this diagram.


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

You can start an application for any course at WaterBear by hitting the Apply Now button at the top of this page. For more information, or to book your 1-to-1 personal consultation with one of the WaterBear team, call us on 01273 726230 or email us at enquiries@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 get the most out of our online BA (Hons) accelerated 2-year courses, it is imperative that you have regular access to the following resources from the start. Core course content will require the regular use of the following equipment:

DAW software. We recommended Pro-Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton or equivalent.
Reliable, high speed internet connection & bandwidth.
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)
Audio interface – recommended: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – 2nd Gen or equivalent.
Dynamic mic – recommended: Shure SM57 or equivalent.
Headphones – recommended: Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Studio Headphones, Beyerdynamic DT770 or equivalent.
Recommended: Condenser mic – recommended: AUDIO TECHNICA 2020, C3000 B, RODE NT1A or equivalent.
Access to video editing software – iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe Premier or equivalent.
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 mountain tops 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.

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