Loving it - the course, tutors, facilities and other students are great. Lots to learn and I'm looking forward to learning more. The one thing I think the university could benefit from is having more social events as it can be difficult to meet people from other courses.
We are regularly emailed opportunities (internal and external) to get involved in projects outside of our main curriculum. There is also a department (dBS Pro) which bids for work and offers it to students in order to boost experience and contacts within the industry. It seems like a lot of this is more suitable for 2nd and 3rd year students but more junior positions to come up.
The structure is clear but there is always room to be creative and interpret briefs in your own way. The modules all link into each other and a lot of what is learnt is transferable between modules - there's clear cohesion in the course as a whole and it's clearly been thought out in terms of its content and the order in which subjects are taught.
Really good facilities - the equipment is amazing and suitable for people of all interests and abilities. The facilities are always being updated and the university listens to students on what they feel the campuses need.
Plenty of shops and cafes nearby and close to the centre.
The support is amazing - I went to university elsewhere 8 years ago and they didn't offer anywhere near the level of support that dBS offer. We have regular tutorials with our course leader who checks in on a personal and academic level. And the module tutors will always make time to look over your work and give feedback. Can't fault the support we receive from the university.
The centre could do with letting student use the equipment in terms of only being allowed 3 hrs a week to use. The staff are friendly and great and do there best.
There is good energy in the lectures, but could do with more industry professionals lecturing
Dbs in Plymouth is a great university, not only does it give students the chance to work with industry professionals but also to work with the most cutting edge facilities not to include a great access to a wide range of information and academic works. Overall my experience at Dbs to say the least has been a ride and a journey. Studying music is not something many people have the privilege to do and within todays arts industry there is a high rate of quality which needs to be reached. Dbs a great place to study if you are interested in pushing the boundaries and innovating in areas which may just be seeking that. I would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding on both a technical and creative level. Students are given the opportunity to study what the love the most and should consider themselves very lucky.
Students may be involved in certain scenes/jobs/hobbies or companies however Dbs provides their alumni with a greater understanding of many different topics, let it be musical, historical or experimental. The course provides insights into different areas of employability and work placements. Not only does it teach about the content of the course but also about many aspects of the industry itself and . It also provides insight into the most contemporary innovations going on in today´s music and multi-media scene. The information and content provided may at times be interpreted subjectively, although being taught with depth and understanding, this allows students to apply their knowledge to many different areas of focus. This may allow students to transfer their skills to other areas or perhaps areas that may be new to them but of which work placement may be a possibility. The skills acquired from the content provides students with a high degree of technical knowledge and capability. Not only is the content provided in theoretical context, but in practical manner which allows further understanding into methodologies and techniques applied in industry standard works, companies and careers. Despite the fact that there is a high rate of unemployability within today´s music industry, Dbs is a university which encourages students to achieve their full potential.
The topics taught are taught with detail and depth. The content of different modules is broad and allows students to further investigate certain areas of personal interest. It allows students to study and focus on what they are most passionate about. Unlike many other courses there´s a great amount of like-minded people who all seem to find at least one area they are very passionate about. The course provides a great amount of understanding of the history of electronic music and its history. Courses provide a lot of support and are taught with enthuthiasm.
Top notch facilities. Amazing equipment and a lot of studios. Plenty of studio time and great lecture rooms.
Very central, 5 minute walk from centre. Couldnt be better.
Great support. Tutors have a great understanding of a wide range of topics, history and current movements happening in music industry. The modules provide a lot of feedback which allows students to improve their skills and capabilities. Regarding students who may seek counselling, the uni is very supportive and is always encouraging students to push their work to a better level.
my overall university experience has been different to how I thought it would go. visualized being more acetic and heads in books however I am on a creative course. on that note however I do feel like I am struggling and don't understand everything when others around me are. leaving me to worry am I good enough anymore. the university is good at going me support, however I expected to be excelling better then I am. and though I am doing well and I am learning I hate to think that I am acting my money for a piece of paper
yes they do I have work experience line up to take part in January. they also have a job board or jobs going around the UK and at very good facilities and well as competitions that are going on.
I like the fact that I can say if I don't understand a subject due to the lectures being vey open. however sometimes the lessons can be too fast but this may be down to the fact that there is a lot of content for each module. sometimes the teachers can just 'let us go' and find out how to use the equipment on our own, however this isn't the learning style for some people and can feel like a waste of time. the fact that we are meant to use our other hours of learning by booking out the studios is all well and good if we actually had the space and time to due them being booked up quite often. most of all I like how open the teachers are and approachable they are. worst of all I still in my 2nd year feel like I don't know anything and all that I did learn was on youtube, so I fell like I have spent 9000 pounds on stuff I could have taught myself.
The facilities are good at at a high industry standard. they are kept clean and tidy and are welcome for students to use.
dBs is under Marjon university but is situated in the city centre of Plymouth so it I ever want to use the library I have to travel quite far for a not very big selection. however dBs does have a bookcase of books but they are under lock and key. otherwise dBs is situated really well due to the fact it is in the town centre and that means it's close to the main accommodation of the city
the support is really good at the uni. sadly I only found out about the counseling in my 2nd year and would have liked to of know sooner as this may have helped me out a lot in my 1st year. however I now know and the teachers are very good at getting back tome if I need any help.
Incredible, I would always recommend DBS Music Plymouth as an amazing institute of music education. The knowledge coming from the staff is worth the price of admission alone
From a personal perspective I have gained many skills from volunteer work. On a wider scale, the job board allows us to get an insight to the work post grad, but also gives us ample opertunity to get the foot in the door
There is lots of support available to you as a dBs student - from tutors to support staff. They are there for you if you ever need them. There are tonnes of resources available, all accessible.
State of the art facilities - from synths, modulars and mixing desks. You are simply not going to find a better place to get your hands on top notch gear! Having such equipment available to you is a great insentive to grow as a musician.
A great location, within walking distance of most shops and accommodation
The experience I have had with this uni is incredibly good and I love every single second of being there. All of the staff and students are friendly and helpful no matter what you are stuck on
Give chances to learn how to get ahead in the business
Most - The quality of the equipment and the teaching Least - The lack of lectures by people outside of dbs
Good, all the studios are pretty good and the desks are top quality
Night life is insanely good, and the overall town is pretty good, especially if you are a metal head because this city is full of metalheads
Clubs are average, not a huge fan of the clubs Havent been in the societies
Academy support is great. personal I have no opinion of because I havent used them
I’m in my final year and my overall university experience has been mixed, though I think what says it all is that I’ll be sad when it is over. I am already looking into a masters.
University has covered multiple areas of the music industry through the course, which I was not expecting. Over the past few years my knowledge has grown vastly and university has given me the power to create a social and professional network for when I leave university. The transferable skills I’ve gained have been thoroughly used and are frequently reinforced.
The small class sizes and hands on learning makes every aspect of the lectures more engaging and enjoyable.
Our students uni is very music focused and encourages good attitudes towards the music scene in Bristol.
Impeccable, though sometimes it can be hard to book a studio, there’s never too long of a wait.
Bristol city life is amazing and enjoyable everyday. There’s always something to do, very good spirits in the locals of Bristol and it has been named the happiest place to live.
The tutors as DBS music are the best around for the course. All tutors have real life experience in the industry and are familiar with processes most students will encounter at some point or another. Their knowledge is encouraging and they are very keen to help
The overall experience gained from university has been very good. some highlights have been the friends which I have made. The course of which I am completing is great and it helps push my enthusiasm for music and has made me enjoy academia further than what I would have once expected.
Work experience with Lecturers and guest lectures from professionals within the industry
The lecturers are friendly and this helps with the learning. Some modules do not seem relatable to the course.
The Student Union could be improved, there isn't really much of a Union
Bristol is a not much bigger than a normal town centre. You get the experience of being in a city without the stress of it being too big.
The university does not have any clubs or societies.
Excellent, there is plenty of support from the lecturers with feedback of work and the support network for students which struggle and counselling for anyone.
I love it, and can't wait to get back from winter break. I love being in school, be surrounded by musicians and learn not just from the teachers but from anyone in uni. I would also highly recommend to new students to attend on the freshers week, where new friendships are born every year.
They give us lots of useful web links and takes us to places where we can meet people in the industry. Also it is a 1st term requirement to make a portfolio website which is pretty much the first step to connect with developers.
The list of resources, the module handbook and additional tutorials are all really useful!
It's great that there's a platform where we can talk about changes we would make or just to share our thoughts.
They are all quite modern and very up to date. It would be nice to have a bigger and better soundproofed foley room, but I think it's in the near future plans to be done.
Buzzing and Bristol is a very important place for game development in the UK.
I'm not really into clubbing, however there are lots of Meetups around.
Every teacher (and I mean it) are ready to sacrifice their time in order to give us a one on one session / tutorial. Email responds are quick too and they are all being really helpful.
It is a great experience in your life. Do not study course if it only about the money you think of. Take it as an opportunity to improve your skills, find good friend or two, no need to hang out with everyone if it is not your cup of tea. Few good bonds are better than Ok with everyone. After finishing it there is no push to go find work in the industry anyway. It is your life and no one can force you. Be honest with yourself and make your own life choices.
Providing student support, support 1 on 1 from lecturers, doing workshops regards industry jobs or helping to make CVs
Students and lecturers
Not sure about benefits of it.
It could benefit from canteen and campus a lot. Otherwise great.
Anxious and interesting, public transport could be cheaper.