So far I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. There have been stressful times of course, but generally when I've been on top of my work I have been very comfortable with the topics we've covered. The tutors are friendly and helpful and the students are all very accepting of each other. The modules are so interesting and informative and the studio access is priceless and something I strive to take advantage of while I'm still at university.
At the beginning of each year there is an industry week where they get industry professionals in to do lectures on their on occupations, workshops on skills they've learnt and inspirational talks to motivate all the students. These talks are invaluable if you want to learn more about the industry and what actually goes on. We are taught to consider what we want to get out of our degrees and how to apply that to our current projects. It helps to have an aim for all the work we are doing.
My favourite aspect of the course is how practical it is. Of course there is written work but we are always given the opportunity to get really stuck in with the theories that are covered. Something I struggle with is in some lessons leading up to going into the studio a LOT of information is taught to us, which can be hard to retain, but that just relates back to the positive in that we can then go and figure out everything we've just been taught!
The facilities are one of the best aspects of dBs Bristol, with 6 fully equipped studios all with high quality mixing desks and endless amounts of microphones, synths, amps and other tech.
The location is super central so it's easily accessed by bus or train and close to all the main shops, cafes and restaurants. I personally walk to uni every day even though I don't live in the centre, as it still only takes me about 25 minutes to get there.
The tutors always give helpful feedback and are very welcoming people, I haven't met anyone that I don't get on with. The uni offers study skills lessons, counselling and technological support. I haven't used all of the support available but what I have got involved in has been very beneficial to me.
Overall the course has been great, I can’t believe how fast 3 years has gone to be honest. I met some incredibly talented people whilst on the course who I will no doubt keep in contact with after the course has finished. In terms of learning, I am approaching the end of the degree with a lot more confidence within myself and the skill set that I have acquired whilst here at dbs. I have also built up some great relationships with the lecturers which I will continue to keep in contact with after I graduate. Currently a masters degree is on the table so there is a definite option that I will continue to study at dbs for that and really focus in on the craft and build a successful future out of it.
This is a pretty new section that has recently been added to the university. There is constant updates to new job roles which is great but overall the lecturers do have connections with the industry which has been known to work in the students favour when it comes to work.
The course is taught thoroughly with incredible resources. The content covers all areas which will provide you with the essential skills needed for the music industry.
Incredible, the facilities here are very professional with exceptional equipment to be used day to day.
To be honest, it is in the heart of Bristol. Right in the middle of the music scene which I would say it perfect for a music degree.
The tutors feedback is very detailed, they provide excellent information in regards to what is great about the work but also where could be improved. They do offer counselling, I haven’t experienced this yet but I have heard great things.
Great, not your typical student experience - which is great for me. Very easy to meet like-minded people. The only downside is maybe a lack of social events within the uni.
We have modules specifically for our personal development in skills and employability.
Most - given the freedom to explore what we want.
Fantastic, industry-standard studios & equipment. Good library and lounge space
Yes, easy to access on foot & public transport
Great, Regular 1-1 with course leaders. Easy access to contact lecturers. Optional study skills lectures
Very positive, would highly recommend
DBS offers a lot of careers opportunities and send frequent e-mails about potential offers
Lecturers are very knowledgeable and passionate about their fields and ave a lot of insight to offer
Huge range of equipment available across a wide range of studios
For a music student, Bristol is 100% the place to be
Much better student support and services available than my previous uni course
I like the experience so far
Good support when needed
Many contact hours per week
Library is quite small
Good - more extra curricular activities would be good.
More contact time could help me get more done during uni hours
Course is covering useful topics and is taught in a good way
lecturers always have knowledge and ideas
High quality work space and studios
Always offer support
Hands on, teaches relevant skills for future job prospects
Very good support offered for both