Overall I have been impressed with the quality of the teaching, the engagement on the course and the opportunity to work with other people on a similar journey to yourself. I would definitely recommend the university to a freind
They help employability by making you engage with industry professionals. Particularly in 3rd year, the main focus of the modules is to collaborate with people in the music industry
I like how the lecturers are clearly explained, the quality of the teaching is superb! All the lecturers have a lot of experience and their strengths in certain fields. My least favourite part about how it is taught is there are sometimes little structures to the practical sessions. Often we are just told to go of and do something, at times this is exactly what you want with music. At other times its ambiguous, un engaging, and un motivating. It would be nice to be given more guidance with practical sessions- i.e., go and complete this using these methods
The universities facilities are very good, there are six main ground floor studios with state of the art recording and production equipment. There are always technicians on standby to help with any technical problems and there is good access to microphones, synthesisers and drum machines. There are numerous macs around the centre and there are several lecture theatres which are comfortable and with good screening for guest lectures.
Unfortunately our university does not have any of its own student accommodation, however, it is right in the city centre (Bristol) so is near various music venues and is easy enough for most people to get to via train, bus, bike, walking or other transport.
The support is very good, there are regular 1-1 sessions to check on progress and make sure you are up to speed with your academic work and are surviving well from a living perspective.
I am not sure I want to continue the course after first year. This is not down to the course itself but to my own personal requirements. The university and tutors have been very supportive in helping me figure this out. Despite this, it has been a great learning experience and I have gained many valuable skills to take onwards with me.
They are very active in sending us information on placements and experience which will build our portfolio and make us more employable.
Passionate tutors who know what they are talking about. There have been a few absenses of tutors from lectures, this can slow down learning.
Yes, its very central
Been alright however in terms of "The Uni Experience" you don't really get that because it's just music heads so stuff like societies don't exist at the uni. It's great to be at a uni where everyone wants to do the same thing with similar interests!
I guess just building a portfolio. In terms of employability that more comes down to doing it loads and being good at it. Uni in general is just giving 3 years of supported learning so if you've got the drive do it at home however the uni does have good gear
They are very practical which is so great. The least is some of the content could be explored earlier on in the course.
The selection of recording gear is incredible and so are the desks. However the instrument's and amps could be better and stuff drum skins need to be replaced. Could do with a few more sound treated rooms just to record some overdubs and vocals.
Yep uni is in a great location, 5-10min walk from the center.
Support is good, however not having the personal side I can't say to the full extent. They are up for suggesting things to develop with the coursework and what improvements are needed.
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