Join us for an open day in Brighton. Book your place here

WaterBear – The College of Music are pleased to announce that on Friday 30th July we shall be running a free workshop for musicians and music industry professionals at our newly refurbished live music venue, on Brighton beach.

This exclusive event titled ‘How to Fund Your Music Projects’ will provide musicians with ideas and inspiration to kick start their music projects. Special guest speaker for the evening will be Ruth Daniel, a creative entrepreneur who has personally secured over £1,000,000 of funding for various UK music and charity projects. You’ll also get to hear all about WaterBear’s master’s courses, where Ruth is one of the amazing team of lecturers.

Ruth helps people write winning bids to funding organisations such as ‘the Arts Council’, ‘PRS for Music’ and ‘The PPL Momentum Fund’. These workshops are a hallmark of WaterBear’s MA Music Entrepreneur course, and Ruth’s excellent work on the MA programme has helped current WaterBear students achieve funding for various music projects. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to explore how to finance your own music projects, and a great way to find out all about the MA Music Entrepreneur course at WaterBear, designed to support you in building your music business. 

The event will run from 18:30-20:00pm and you can expect to hear from, and interact with, guest speakers, and fellow musicians.

Come and enjoy a drink on us, make some useful contacts and explore how you could energise your music projects.

Please RSVP by completing this form or email us on [email protected] to reserve your place as availability is limited.

We look forward to welcoming you.

UCAS is a vital part of the university application process in the UK. And it's something you'd have to do if you wanted to apply for our BA course at WaterBear, the college of music. Your UCAS application is what communicates to universities your reasons for studying at Higher Education. Although it seems intuitive, it is often a confusing and intimidating process for students.

We want all WaterBear applicants to thrive and reach their full potential, so we have put together some of the best ways to nail your UCAS application.

Sell yourself both musically and professionally

We know you have what it takes, but if you don’t tell us, we’ll never know! The personal statement is the perfect place for you to tell us about who you are. Make sure to include any and all musical experiences that have formed your career goals and aspirations. When it comes to qualifications, tell us your most recent qualifications to date and what you are currently studying for. And finally, references. Make sure your referees know you musically. Include everything UCAS asks of you, and you are on to a winner!

Be specific about your reasons to study at Higher Education

We receive a huge amount of applications so the more direct you can be the better. Alongside selling yourself and your experience we want to know why a music degree is right for you. Also, why this course specifically? What will having this degree help you achieve? Will this be a vehicle to your greater goals? Remember, this course is for you, so we want you to get the most out of it and steer you in the right direction.

Check in regularly to find out about UCAS application updates

As you’re preparing your application you should become well acquainted with the UCAS track. This is where any and all updates to your application will appear. Often people will check once or twice and leave thinking they were either unsuccessful or their application did not go through. This is almost never the case, check regularly as this is where you will find out any decisions.

Don’t discount your talent – demonstrate both passion and skill

The advantage of WaterBear being a boutique university is that we review every UCAS application on a case-by-case basis. So even if your results aren’t what you expected don’t be put off. We assess everyone with a mixture of academic results but also musical skill / experience. If you show you have the passion and skill then we will make sure we support you.

If you would like to book a consultation then get in touch via [email protected]

You can see details of all of our courses and departments here.

Applying for our MA / online music degree courses

Similarly to our BA courses you will be required to have a consultation ahead of your application. What makes this different however is the application goes directly to us. All the same advice applies, make sure you’re thorough and provide evidence along with everything.The link to the direct application for the course will be sent to you on completion of your consultation and once WaterBear have confirmed their recommendation of an offer to you.

APEL advice

If you feel you have covered the content of a module/ modules via your work/ life experience but have no official qualification, APEL is a way to provide the evidence to show this and to gain credit for it. This is basically using your CV as evidence to join the course. Contrary to many rumours there is no charge for this!

APEL applications must be completed within two weeks and must be an accurate statement of your experience. This is different to your personal statement which reflects why you think the course is right for you. You must provide three pieces of evidence of experience alongside this. These can be live footage, recordings, posters, articles, etc.

If you have any questions regarding your UCAS application please don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]

You can find details on all of our degree courses and departments here.

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on  Sat Apr 13th at 12:00 Noon for our Open Day.

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Open Day Web form — REGISTER HERE 

Learn more about our BA (Hons) & Masters Programmes for musicians and creatives. Students can study On-Campus in Brighton or Online through Distance Learning. Funding is available and all programmes are accredited by the University of Chichester.

The Open Day will include a Vocals Workshop hosted by Amba Tremain & Hannah Boulton.

What to expect from the vocals workshop:

- Overview of the Vocals Department

- Life as a session player with Amba Tremain

- Performance & Q+A with Hanna Boulton

- Vocal Techniques: Tips & Advice for all musicians

Amba Tremain

Amba Tremain is a contemporary singer,songwriter,musician and vocal coach. She has worked with many high profile artists including Boy George, Newton Faulkner, Ella Henderson and Roachford. She’s also been awarded a gold disc by the BPI for her contribution to the album ‘Somewhere’ by the late Eva Cassidy. Amba and her band, ‘Blame Jones’ have had just under 300,000 monthly listeners across streaming platforms. She’s featured on over 90,000 worldwide playlists and is also a prolific session vocalist and keyboard player. Her other roles include Musical Director of award winning organisation ‘The Urban Vocal Group’ and Director of the ‘Breaking Through’ Artist Development Programme.

Hannah Boulton

Hannah is a Brighton based Singer/Songwriter who has amassed over 100K followers on YouTube. Her influences include Eva Cassidy, Beady Belle, Kimbra and Katie Melua.

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Open Day Form — REGISTER HERE 

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on  Tues Mar 12th  at 18:30 for our Open Evening.

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Masters Open Evening web form — REGISTER HERE 

Learn more about WaterBear’s Masters Programmes for musicians and creatives. Students can study On-Campus in Brighton or Online through Distance Learning. Funding is available and all programmes are accredited by the University of Chichester.

The presentation will include a talk by Brían McNamara (Songwriter, Guitarist and Vocalist with Brighton based band Warsaw Radio) on How to Apply to Play at Music Festivals --- Tips for DIY Musicians.

Brían has performed at some of the UK & Ireland's leading festivals including Black Deer Festival, Beautiful Days Festival,  Liverpool Feis, The Great Escape, Brighton Fringe Festival and Electric Picnic. An experienced live performer, he has played many leading venues across the UK & Ireland including: The Brighton Dome, The Belfast Empire, Whelans Dublin and Ronnie Scotts. As part of the band Warsaw Radio he has appeared on the same line-up as artists such as Van Morrison, The Lone Bellow, Frank Turner, The Levellers and The Waterboys (all artists that have inspired his songwriting). His songs have been featured & playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Sussex Today FM and RTE Radio in Ireland. McNamara holds a BA (Hons) Degree and a Masters from Technological University Dublin.

"One of those bands that you discover and you wish you'd known them longer" - Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

“Ones to watch” - Dan Hegarty RTE 2FM

"Perfectly weighted rock that swells the heart" - Hot Press Magazine

"Exceptional songwriting" - BBC Introducing

Confirm your place for this event by completing the Masters Open Evening web form — REGISTER HERE 

Open Evening & Workshop
Date: Tues, 12.03.19
Time: 18:30
Location: WaterBear, Brighthelm Gardens, Hanover House, Brighton BN1 3XG

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on Sat Mar 2nd  at 11:00am, for our Open Day.

Learn more about WaterBear’s flexible BA (Hons) & Masters Programmes for musicians and creatives. Students can study On-Campus in Brighton or Online through Distance Learning. Funding is available and all programmes are accredited by the University of Chichester.

The presentation will also include a talk from Damian Keyes who is a renowned Social Media Specialist, YouTube Entrepreneur, Musician and Author of the Amazon best selling book "The Rule Breakers Guide to Social Media'. Space is limited to 35 people so make sure to sign up ASAP.

The Open Day event is FREE to attend and space is limited.  Confirm your place for this event by completing the Masters Open Evening web form — REGISTER HERE 

Open Day & Workshop
Date: Sat, 02.03.19
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: WaterBear, Brighthelm Gardens, Hanover House, Brighton BN1 3XG

Join us at our campus in Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton on Tues Feb 12th  at 18:30, for our Masters Open Evening. The presentation will include a talk from Brighton based songwriter & musician Steph Brown on: How to Apply For Arts Council England Funding. 

At the Open Evening you can also learn more about WaterBear's flexible Masters programme for musicians and creatives. The programme is ideal for graduates or those without a degree but with experience, keen to gain a qualification alongside the development of their industry skills and activity. Students can study part-time, funding is available and the programme is accredited by the University of Chichester.

The Open Evening event is FREE to attend and space is limited.  Confirm your place for this event by completing the Masters Open Evening web form -- REGISTER HERE 

Steph Brown will present on how independent artists can make their projects happen. Twice awarded by Arts Council England for her musical project (Della Lupa) and for her solo debut album, which is due  to be released in 2019 and has been produced by Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Florence Welch). Steph is a Brighton based singer songwriter, vocal coach and Musical Director for The Good Vibe Choir. An experienced live performer, Steph has toured throughout Europe as well as playing sold out shows in some of the UK and Ireland's best venues (Ronnie Scotts, Scala, Whelans and Brighton Dome).

The WaterBear Directors, Bruce Dickinson & Adam Bushell,  will deliver an overview of the WaterBear Masters programme and how musicians, artists and creatives can use past and present industry activity as a foundation for their programme of study.

Masters open evening: how to apply for Arts Council funding
Date: 12.02.18
Time: 18:30 --- 20:00
Location: WaterBear, Brighthelm Gardens, Hanover House, Brighton BN1 3XG

Brighton’s newest, most innovative independent music college will be opening its doors for its very first Open Day at the WaterBear HQ Building, in Hanover House, 118 Queens Road, on Saturday 22nd September.

WaterBear is Brighton’s brand-new, state-of-the-art independent music college. The college is run by its founders Bruce John Dickinson (of Little Angels), Adam Bushell (of Freak Power) and Mark Clayden (of Pitchshifter) – a formidable team of highly-experienced music pros.

WaterBear specialises in higher education courses for forward-thinking musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs. The college offers BA(Hons) and MA degree programmes , ideal for musicians, music producers, songwriters, and also filmmakers, social media creators, tour managers and DJs. These BA (Hons) and Masters programmes are fully accredited by the University of Chichester and include a brand-new BA (Hons) in Commercial Music; an MA in Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise for degree graduates; and an MA in Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise for mature students.

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, WaterBear offers flexible degree and Masters-level qualifications for you. Whether you’re just starting out, refining your craft or repositioning your career path, the courses are designed to fit around your lifestyle. So, what makes WaterBear unique? What gives it the edge and makes it right for you?

A personalised learning environment. Our courses offer small class sizes and a high staff- to-student ratio.

Innovative course design.

Bespoke learning. You can choose to study full-time or online. Our flexible higher education courses fit around your commitment and needs. We invest in a culture of entrepreneurialism within the creative arts by providing cutting-edge courses that boost career prospects.

We connect learning to industry. WaterBear has a passionate commitment to grassroots innovation in arts and business. That’s why we only recruit tutors and mentors who are active at a high level in the industry, with relevant experience AND skills in teaching and learning.

An exciting, high-achieving tutor roster. Ruth Daniel, for example, our Entrepreneur Lecturer and MA Tutor, has just secured a one-million-pound research grant for In Place of War, her Manchester-based international NGO (non-government/non-profit organisation).

We offer a 360 degree view of the industry. WaterBear isn’t about ivory tower academia and our programmes do much more than just focus on one, narrow skill set. Our courses offer real-world learning across the board, to open up and enhance career paths in an fast-paced industry.

Wellbeing is paramount. We promote a healthy work-life balance through a tailored welfare programme, featuring one-to-one sessions and support. Our Brighton-based location offers students a vibrant city to work, study and play in, with an active music scene and vibrant seaside culture. Although WaterBear is a brand-new higher education college, it’s one that’s been built on decades of knowledge and expertise in the music business and in modern music education. If you’re considering a career in music, this is one college you need to check out and September’s Open Day offers a perfect opportunity to see how it fits your needs and ask questions first-hand.

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