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Very pleased with the lecturers I have. Their background is industry based so it contributes to a nice teaching dynamic as it makes everything we are being taught feel more real. Extremely nice people too! I can’t comment on my worst experiences at uni as I haven’t experienced anything bad.
I really enjoy how hands on the course is as I’m very much a kinaesthetic learner. I’m still lacking in some confidence but throughout the last 3 years that has improved thanks to the practical nature of the course. My lecturers are all very nice which also helps!
Amazing lecturers with a plethora of knowledge in the industry. Very good relationship with all of them which aids in question answering and general enquiries. Facilities are very good with industry standard equipment including up to date mixing consoles and speaker systems. Opportunities extend beyond that of my expectations with placements at a variety of events and festivals further aiding my knowledge of the field. High levels of student-to-work success for getting leaving students into work in he industry with a good foothold. Very diverse and inclusive environment making anyone and everyone feel comfortable.
As much In person time as was feasibly possible especially during covid maintaining our hands on time with equipment. Despite this, any online learning was also to a very high standard.
Amazing, diverse city with opportunities for all walks of life with a vibrant range of people living in the centre and towards the outskirts. Very good housing opportunities for students and young professionals
Top quality halls with a range of people from all over the country making it easy to make friends. Property management are frequently on top of maintenance issues and also available for any questions you may have. Would recommend.
Working with tutors which are industry professionals really helps get a grasp in how the environment outside of university operates.
Working with a range of equipment which is standard in the live sound environment within uni means that already know how to work bits of equipment when jobs and opportunities present themselves
Worst bits: don't have a student union Best bits: relationships with teaching staff, personal support by teaching staff, equipment, work opportunities
The Live Sound course has the brilliant and supportive lecturers. They all still work within the industry and over my second year have been taking students out to shows more and more. They make teaching content engaging and hugely relevant to the industry and the whole student support network at dBs is great for getting assistance with academic work. The academic work is manageable and there is scope to read much deeper into topics to obtain higher marks. Practical assessments are generally well organised and with the facilities and bookable time at dBs its possible to get a lot of preparation time before them. The live sound course feels quite isolated away from the main higher education campuses in Redcliffe. Live sound students still have access to facilities there and can book those studios etc, but overall location house campus is more aimed for the college and access courses, with the live sound facilities alongside. Due to the small size, there is very student life in and around dBs. There are a handful of small societies but not much more, so if you're looking for the full student experience you will not find it exclusively at dBs. Of course Bristol is a fantastic, vibrant city with endless opportunities to make the most of and you can become an associate member of UoB students union if you want more of a social university life. Overall I think the Live Sound course at dBs is excellent, mostly because of the course leader and lecturers at the moment, Tom Chitson , Tom DB and Fiona Richards. Their industry experience, contacts and willingness to go above and beyond in order to support and give you the best possible entrance into the live events industry. Student life at dBs is getting better too, with more socials and facility improvements slowly happening too.
The best parts of the course are the lecturers and the amount they care about developing you into a well rounded, and knowledgeably sound engineer. There is a good amount of tutor contact time (around 9 hours total a week) with fair opportunity to book spaces and equipment for personal use.
Bristol as a whole is an expensive place to live but there are also plenty of opportunities for part time work. Bus routes are decent with good links to Bristol Temple Meads and there are electric bikes and scooters to use around the city.
Feels like more like a professional workspace than a school. All the staff are super encouraging and helpful. Quality of facilities and equipment is pretty incredible. Course has been life changing and has helped me develop leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at the beginning.
Everything has been super great, super fun and awesome.
Good location, good facilities and friendly environment. No student union (hence neutral rating).
Great teaching standards and opportunities to develop skill set and collaborate with other creatives. Some modules feel particularly irrelevant to the subject of the course.
dBs is a great place to study with lots of various aspects. I found some inconsistencies with availability of kit. Sometimes the kit that we take out to do field recording is sub standard. There is a lot of kit for music producers but i'm not doing a music degree and arguably the sound for film and TV feels like a bit of an add on when you compare the kit. Overall i've had a great time and learned loads
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Superb facilities, attentive lecturers and a supportive atmosphere. They listen to students and are constantly improving the site and facilities even launching clubs and societies once they are raised. There is always good access to facilities and equipment and easy support if there are any issues or need to take equipment out away from the centre.
more focussed skilled lessons (sound design, synthesis, mic placement) we do a lot of post production and work on our own projects good career prospects but could take us out into studios or on sets to see professionals working.
Great location. Excellent facilities. Extremely friendly and helpful staff.
Really enjoy how much time we get with lecturers. Being in a small class allows for lots of extra 1-2-1 time and is really helpful.
Bristol is delightful.