I have completed my degree at dBs, my overall experience was excellent. The facilities are great. The Lectures are well thought out and relevant to that part of the industry and the Lecturers are very good at what they do.
All of Lecturers had real life experience from the music industry in their field of teaching
The Facilities at dBs Music are brilliant. Multiple studios for different purposes
The Plymouth music is scene is growing for the types of events I would want to go to so this was a plus point
I have met great friends, made some great contacts and have learnt a lot. The clubbing is awesome, the nightlife in bristol in general is great. Plus i have found that there is a lot to do in your spare time in the city during the day
We have career panels which allow students to listen and ask questions to industry professionals. We have talks on how to find a job within the music industry. Plus students can take tests that show we can use software which makes the students look more employable
I love the tutors and the lecturers, they will always try and find time to talk to you and help you wherever you need help. I dont like how the course is organised, there is a lack of communication between Marjon and dBs and we do not have enough resources.
There isnt one really. More efforts need to be put into this
Amazing! but there needs to be more studios and equipment.
Incredible, Bristol litteraly has everything. In a way, i havent missed having a student union because of the city.
There are no clubs or societies... just workshops you can go to if you want.
Incredible. I have received a lot of support and help from learning support and lecturers.. the uni outdoes itself in this area i feel .
I don’t want to go to dBs anymore. It’s too small of a school for me, It doesn’t make me, an ambitious student, feel like I am learning and growing all that I can. I wish I wanted to stay, but I’d rather not further my education at all than continue to be at school with such a lack of intensity.
The school primarily serves to increase our employability by showing up new skills that we will use in the music industry. Students are solely responsible for finding internships & work placements, outside of the few offered by dBS productions. If you want work, you’re going to need to find it yourself.
Staff are approachable and knowledgeable about the material. Unfortunately, there is little to no follow up on if students actually understand the material. For instance, we learned about how microphones work in class, but it never came up again in our school work. There are no tests, and the projects often have nothing to do with what we’re learning in class, outside of a very foundational level.
We only met one time in the past semester. I was nice to feel like we had a voice, even if we barely saw any of the changes we asked for.
The facilities are the best part of the school. Each studio has a different desk, and we can access any amount of great recording equipment. I never feel limited in dBs’ ground floor studio, and I just wish I could access them more often. They fill up quickly, so sometimes you have to book a session a week or two early if you want to get into one of the nicer studios.
If you like to go clubbing, you’ll love Bristol. If you don’t, you should live someplace else.
There are no clubs or societies at dBs.
We get feedback on 1 day per week for each project. Sometimes, I feel like I don’t understand the expectations for a project or my hand ins. I genuinely have no idea what grades I am going to get.
So far my university experience has been enjoyable. Although with all things there has been set backs. On my side mainly due to health reasons. Other than that I couldn't complain.i love my course
My university is especially helpful in helping us find work. Often there are workshops alongside techfirms from around d the area. Recently we had a guest lecture for the lead source d designer for Skyrim.
What I like most: The course leader is especially helpful. He always respect and to emails quickly, giving as much help as he can. Also the amount of studio equipment available for students to borrow and use withing the university is a massive help with out course. What I least like: What I least like is the lack of a proper library space to do work. Although there are plenty of rooms to do your work in, sometimes classes take over and I've had to move rooms. It's also disappointing given the nature of my course, the lack of windows based computers. This can be a hindrance given games are designed and built (usually) for windows operating systems.
I wasn't even sure we had one! We're underwritten by Plymouth marjon. Perhaps they have one.
The facilities are fantastic for the size so the university. We have dedicated Foley rooms, work spaces, lecture halls, surround sound rooms, video game rooms and many others. The equipment tends to be at the forefront of technology with no expense spared.
Bristol is a beautiful vibrant city. I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else in the UK if it was my choice.
There are no societys within the university as far as I'm aware. The bars and clubs however are excellent
All the feedback from my tutors and students support has been excellent. Far exceeded my expectations
In the beginning I found it a bit stressful going into education after having a gap year, but my tutors and classmates all made me feel very comfortable and welcome. The projects we were set got more and more interesting as they went along and I could happily get stuck in with everything once I had a basic knowledge of what was going on. I can't wait for the next semester to start!
The skills we learn can all be applied to working in the music industry in one way or another. They also offer many guest lectures on workshops that cover things like understanding the music industry, starting a record label or music mixing skills and other music related activities.
What I like most is how practical the lessons are, the lecturers explain the topic we are covering and then we are free to get stuck in with whatever that may be. Sometimes I would like a bit more help and guidance with activities than seems to be offered, but if I were to ask for help I would always get it.
I'm not sure that I have a students union.
The facilities at dBs Bristol are amazing; there are 6 recording studios, all with different mixing desks and equipment, which all students are trusted with once they have completed a test showing they are competent to use a studio on their own. As well as that there are computer suites that all have Macs and technology like the Albeton Push and all sorts of synths, pads, microphones, that all students have access to.
Bristol is my favourite city to be in. It's got so much going on at all times, and theres a feeling of respect for everyone within the different communities. There's an amazing night life (especially if you like drum and bass) and the amount of good quality take-aways and restaurants, with a huge focus on vegans and vegetarians, is enough to spend all your student loan on.
As mentioned before, there is a great level of respect for one another in Bristol. The clubs and societies show this, if there is something you wanted to find out more information about or you have something to share with others, there will be a platform to do this.
Everyone at dBs is there to help and there are different ways to get this help. The tutors are all very understanding and there is also technical support, study skills and counselling being offered by other members of staff. I've personally booked in with the study support and the woman I saw helped me focus more on where I was going with an essay I had to finish at the time. I also saw had some technical support which consisted of me being shown how to use one of the mixing desks in the studios, and it really helped me get a stronger understanding of what it does and how to use it.
Amazing, the tutors are very dedicated to both the learners and keeping up to date with the most innovative techniques and equipment. You truly feel you are being taught by the best in the field.
The best uni I could ask for. Staff are amazing and always there to help. The course is perfect for the line of work I want to enter. Everyone is friendly and share the same passion as everyone in the same uni.
The course includes a module called ‘work based learning’ which introduces us to the world of work in this industry.
Most- lectures are very well organised and knowledgeable Least- they should be more concentrated on the assignment work
They are amazing, always have everything you need
Bristol is the best city I have ever lived in. Couldn’t ask for a better place to live
Good and well organised
Very good, always welcome to talk to any staff members and there are scheduled sessions for this.
I have expanded my knowledge, skills and understanding in multiple areas. I couldn't have asked for anything better. The resources here are industry standard. They have such a vast range of high end, pro audio equipment that is available to all students to use and book for their projects.
dBs music provides detailed, industry specific knowledge covering a range of different disciplines as well as practical experience working in a professional music industry environment. Being a technology based degree I gained lots of transferrable skills particularly in the field of digital media as well as the world of audio. The course featured various modules that replicated how an industry professional would run a project in the real world. I have gone onto find work in my field.
I love that the course was very vocational in a sense that there was lots of practical, real world experience built into the modules. I also liked the academic side as it expanded my perspective and broadened my horizons in regards to creative thinking.
It's great they have lots of frequent events.
Fantastic, Plymouth has lots of beautiful places like the Hoe and Barbican and lots of green spaces. 10 minute drive and you are in the country.
Awesome. Very inclusive to students of all demographics.
Outstanding. The staff are approachable and empathetic, high level of understanding and support.
It's been good
Through significant ties to the local music scene I've been able to further my career in sound engineering by working with some of the best active bands in the music business and by getting hands on experience with the industry at large.
The primary benefits are the strong ties to the local music community and the efforts made to ensure that all courses are run in a sustainable manner throughout. I'm not able to identify any specific weaknesses at this time.
I don't get involved in the student union. I have no specific reason why not.
The facilities for the course are very modern and display highly competent equipment for the purpose that it is designed for.
It's a small city so not much different to Cornwall where I'm from.
I couldn't tell you.
The support offered by the tutors is of a particularly high standard and is usually highly productive towards focusing the subject of work. The counselling levels are great also with very approachable staff throughout the campus.
Amazing, it's far better than I expected and I had high hopes anyway! Students, staff and lecturers are all very friendly. The equipment is excellent with only a few breakages now and then. I couldn't imagine better.
Discussions on what the industry is like.
I like how we have new workshops every few weeks with some staying the same across the semester as it makes it easy to plan work and plans around lessons, etc. I also like how small our classes are as it allows more time to ask questions from the lecturer; makes it easier to get to know the rest of the class; and has the added benefit of combining opinions with the class.
I don't know if we have a students' union.
Very vibrant and exciting. There's always something fun to do.
Very good. Everyone is very patient and understanding when you don't understand something and help is excellent.