I couldn't recommend dBs highly enough. Its the best decision i'v made in my life and it will contribute to my career hugely. I have developed in a number of ways and feel more inspired than ever. The tutors are brilliant, iv had the best time of my life!
dBs specifically has their own career opportunities department, I regularly receive emails regarding projects to join. Skills development in specialist areas is the best iv ever come across within electronic music production at this level. There are many guest lecturers which is so important in order to get a real insight into what it takes to forge a career within a tough industry.
The level of individual support through tutorials and class sizes is amazing and I believe has had a huge impact on getting into the higher grade brackets. The mix of practical and theory is perfect. I think the workload in year three is a little too heavy when trying to get the best results from students, and I think module deadlines should be further apart. I also think all deadlines for the first semester of the year should be before Christmas break to allow students a holiday over the festive period.
Im not really sure if we have a student union as such??
We have a huge range of professional gear which is very important with such a technical and potentially expensive subject
I love it! Networking here is so important, there is a huge array of inspiration, more job opportunities, culture, diversity and excitement!
Phenomenal in all areas!
i've never been a huge academic but the support i've had has made the experience a really lovely one, especially with big written pieces which tend to stress me out. All in all i can never thank the staff and tutors enough for their kindness and helpfulness
There are guest lectures and masterclass by industry professionals which have been really beneficial
All the lectures are very on hand and here to help as well as the support staff which do they're best to help everyone
I dont think there is one but i have not made much effort to look into it as it has not been a priority for me
the studios are great and usually not too hard to book etc with good help if you are stuck
couldn't be better, i love Bristol and plan to stay here for a while
as it is a small uni there are not many but all the guest events make up for that massively
Outstanding in my opinion, every member of staff is keen to help and goes the extra mile to give you tips from personal experiences
I’m enjoying everything, the city has a very good night life and I enjoy going out a lot. Studying at dBs is also fun as I enjoy what I am studying. I also live with 4 of my friends from home which is good.
The practical work and the written work
I don’t really want to join
I enjoy living there
It's been stressful but good, pushing to work hard, in the field we want to go into and more. The modules tackle a wide range possibilities that surround electronic music production from visual media, to music for the personal profile as well as even more abstract and experimental and innovative approaches. The one thing I would like more of, is just simple production lessons, where we watch and learn compositional and production tips. Music Theory is definately one aspect I would liked to be more informed in.
There is masterclasses with industry professionals, there is a member of staff at dbs allocated at integrating projects from the industry with the students (small pitches to visual media up to support in album creation). Furthermore, industry week helps student build a career in music
The tutors are relaxed, and appreciate all kinds of art/music, the assignments adapt to all kinds of music creation. The lectures are not recorded.
I've heard of it, but never used it.
Excellent, top range equipment, professional standard and more, some equipment you can rent out too to help out the students (ie portable microphones for field recordings). However in the Bristol (He) centre there is no Dj Booth which would be nice to be able to practice like in some of the other Dbs facilities.
Bristol is one of the best in the country for underground electronic music, whether it's techno, dnb or dubstep, it's popping off every week.
Club's are really good, less pricey than London, but a lot of the smaller one are now getting shutdown because of housing planning permissions..... save our clubs!
Tutors are almost always available by E-mail and 1-2-1 tutor support tutorials, personal help is also made known to be available to everyone, particularly close to stressful exam periods. Really good support
been a really fun experience, i have enjoyed meeting people which has lead to them becoming some of my closest friends and colleagues it has helped me focus on what i want to focus on
it helps me hone my skills as a musician and gives me time to focus on music
i enjoy it all
Extremely enjoyable and beneficial to my education and understanding in the field of work I plan to follow. This course has the most modules that relate to the profession I want to pursue, which is the main reason why i decided to do it. I'm learning transferable skills with industry level equipment to be able to comfortably advance into to the industry.
With connections to the BBC and other industry professionals and modules to develop our professional portfolios, there are many avenues that the uni has to help students increase their employability.
The thing I like most about the course is that it's very hands on with equipment and studios which I love as its the area of work I want to go into. What I think can be improved is the ambiguity of certain modules, I feel there should be more direction in some aspects which are very vague at the moment.
I don't get involved because there's not much information about it and it's never brought up in lectures.
The equipment and facilities are some of the best in Bristol and aid in the development of our producing skills.
Bristol is a bustling city with a lot of creativity and support for the arts and music. The only downside is the amount pf people trying to make it in the same profession as me, this isn't necessarily a bad thing as it inspires me to work harder.
A negative with dBs is the lack of societies and clubs but i do have the opportunity to join UWE societies which i want to exploit in the near future.
It's accessible and helpful with us getting emails regularly about how we can contact support from lecturers and counsellors.
Its been really good and ive learnt so much and still have loads to learn, teacher's are always there to help when it's needed which is good, the course focuses on a lot of areas as well.
Professional development assignment to give us a idea on how to go about bettering ourselves, show us sites to apply for jobs on
I like that they you can get help you with anything your stuck I dont like that some teachers ger ahead of themsevles and sole pupils get lost confussed
Dont use it, never had a need for it
Excellent, cant fault them
Bristol is the best city for music
Really good, loads of opportunities out there if You look for them
It has been a much better experience than previous courses. Well structured with other good students and tutors. All tutors are friendly and supportive and make an effort to ensure that all students are on track and have a good understanding of there studies
Internships at the university. Guest lectures and workshops run by well known industry professionals
Very well structured with clear assignment objectives. No exams (thank god). Tutors are also keen to help and have amazing guidance on assignments. Some tutors don’t have clear communication with the course leaders resulting in each tutor marking assignments differently or not allowing students to submit drafts for certain modules, but at the same time allowing it for other modules.
It’s fair and all students have the ability to speak there mind about any issues they have with regards to the course
Hardware equipment and mixing desks are high grade industry quality. But live instruments (e.g. drums) aren’t as good quality. Also the way in which some of the studios are set up makes it incredibly hard to mix due to the way the rooms are and the equipment is set up (standing waves)
Lots of events on all the time, good places to eat and go out for a dance. But limited places to dj/perform that aren’t drum and bass performances
Very good. 1-2-1 feedback and fast responses from tutors with regards to any issues students have. Countselling and student support is always available to all students
My overall university experience has been interesting. I didn't imagine it to be like this and sometimes I have more fun with my other friends who went to uni before me then i do at uni itself. I wish I could have joined societies and met more people or experienced more however i couldn't pay the fare to get out to Marjon. i wish there was more unique content to our module, that I couldn't have simply learned from a book or online. I feel like I'm not getting my moneys worth for my tuition fee as I am barely taught or seen by a lecturer and only mostly essays for a practical based course. I also feel that we aren't treated as seriously as we should be, due to this feeling like a college course as opposed to a university degree. These factors have caused me to question my choice in the course and university.
i have learnt a few skills i could take to the music industry however i am not confident on them and with i had more support in enhancing them. there is no careers department or if there is i don't know about it and wished i could see what opportunities were out there and what i could work/ aim for. I would like to see more support in any ideas i had regarding future jobs. like any contacts i could speak to. for example if i wanted to do film music is there anyone i could to talk to at all or resources i could look at.
I don't like the less teacher- student contact we have. i only have one lesson per week with them and for a degree i would like to see them more to be taught more. i know it means we have more individual study but i prefer to be taught by a teacher. However i do like that they are accessible outside of university by email at a quick response. i feel that in the last semester i didn't learn that much from the teacher and more from what i look online for free.
i don't get involved because it is far away from where the university is based and bus fares are to expensive. i would prefer to be part of the other university in the city that is closer and i could join in more clubs and socials.
the studio facilities are really good and they have all the gear you could have. the guitars and basses are basic however you could bring your own in to solve that. the common area is comfortable. i wished the stools in one of the studios were more comfortable as they really hurt are the first hour of sitting on them.
the city life of plymouth is lively as any student city would be and there is many places to visit. there is a poor music background here and not much for the industry down here but for students in general there are many places to meet up and buy resources from and enjoy late nights in.
i don't know specifically what it is like because i didn't join any because they are far across town and it costs a lot to get out there however if the university was under plymouth university then there would have been more i would of joined and experienced.
the feedback from teachers is there if you ask for it. but it's not always outwordly said. the personal support i have received has been interesting. one of my tutors asked me straight after xmas and i was very grateful for that however the receptionist didn't even bother to ask how i was when she could clearly see what happened. i feel that i could be supported from the tutors on my academia a bit more. i am not confident on the consoles and i'm anxious to book it out on my own and feel very in the way when i ask for others help. i would like some support or even to go over it but at a better speed.
My overall university experience has been amazing. Not only have I known some of my peers since College and School but i have also had the chance to make new ones, which is vital as i feel that if your social wellbeing is kept at the right level, you will feel more willing to do the work set by the tutors.
Not only do they make sure that they cover all grounds for the music industry, but they have opportunities such as Enhancement and Industry weeks wherein students can either catch up on work or attend Guest lectures focusing on all parts of the music industry, from Producing music, to running a record label.
I like that the course is not particularly academia based and that it gives us the freedom as students to manage our time in a way that suits us.
I don't actually get involved as i'm not aware that we have one, appart from events such as sample swaps and Open Deck nights, but those events are not suitable for me as i have a younger sister who starts school at 8 in the morning so i have to get as much sleep as possible before waking up at half past 6 just to get to where we need to be on time.
Not great if you've lived there all of your life.
Both types of support are brilliant. I am visually impaired so the support for me is great as they never forget to send me the Lecture notes and any resources needed via email so i can access them easily.