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The school is very accommodating for all abs offer many opportunities for students to view and share each other’s talents and skills! A warm and welcoming environment surrounds you in the city of Leeds - there’s always something do to, eat or drink!!!
The tutors are all still working within the industry and they always happily bring new materiel and practices into our lessons that keeps us intrigued and on our toes!
Staff are mostly careless and do not kites to complains or concerned that are raised my students but location is beautiful and facilities are good.
The tutors and facilities are all good. The city of Leeds is a great place to be a musician with lots of opportunities and events happening. Sometimes the course can feel like college or lower school, particularly on the popular group study module where you are put into bands. They give you a series of tasks that can feel that they aren’t relevant.
All of our lectures are still online and some are pre - recorded. The pre recorded one’s feel very un personal, however gives you the freedom to watch whenever is convenient.
There is two main halls for Leeds conservatoire. One is right above the uni and the other is around a 5 minute walk, tops. I chose the slightly further away one. I like the slight disconnect from uni and the travel time isn’t ever an issue in my opinion. The living area in our flat is big and a good space to socialise
Great place to study and embrace the creativity across all paths of study! Although smaller than the majority of universes it’s bustling with creativity and talent. Lectures who are industry professionals and always go the extra mile. The new acting and musical theatre courses are exceptional breaking drama school stereotypes creating an accessible experience for all.
Lectures are all professionals working within the industry perfect for ever changing times especially the past two years with COVID 19. Always there to support and push you further in your skills synthesis.
The fact that I am constantly surrounded by young people who have a strong passion for music. It’s very inspiring walking down the corridors and hearing everyone practising and creating. We also have access to amazing facilities and equipment. It could be improved by there being more ways for people from different course and pathways to meet each other and collaborate on work.
I love my course and the majority of things that we learn however I would definitely prefer for the learning to be in person rather than online as I find it more engaging.
The environment and general vibe of the Conservatoire is super relaxed, and makes you feel at ease. The lessons are generally really interesting and allow for a great foundation for you to build off of. You get plenty of time for assignments, and the mental health team are all super helpful and down to earth. The location is fairly close to the centre of town, and all the community spaces are very nice, with decently priced coffee and snacks in the Cafe Bar, and a great library with good individual study spaces.
All the lectures are currently online due to the COVID crisis, however all seminars are in person, as the course requires a lot of hands-on learning. The lectures do sometimes go a bit fast in their teaching, however all online lectures are recorded and stored on the VLE, so it's very easy to review class content outside of the timetabled hours. When emailed, the majority of my lectures are very swift with their responses, and always try to answer any questions I have to the best of their ability.
A large variety of unique and creative courses so you meet all manner of talented students. The facilities are a little outdated and the performing arts cohorts need more space.
We get a lot of in person teaching which is very lucky. The lectures are all working professionals in the industry which is helpful. Lots of contact hours which is hard but feels worth it.
Great student city, lots of pubs and bars. A decent town centre full of shops. Buses are very unreliable, but if you live in the centre you can pretty much walk anywhere.
Great location (right next door to campus). Too expensive for the living conditions and poorly managed. Met my life long mates there though!
Love the overall vibe of the uni, however there is a huge lack of organisation within the SU and between students and faculty.
The facilities are excellent and there are fantastic opportunities presented to students on the Classical pathway to broaden career prospects.
Leeds Conservatoire is really inclusive and friendly. The tutors are all incredibly talented in a wide variety of different areas, as are the students, and everyone is more than happy to help you learn whatever you'd like to from them. The facilities are great, including a great instrument department (for you to borrow kit and instruments), and multiple Mac labs, practice rooms and band rooms. The courses are really practical and applicable to what you want to learn, and there are loads of performance opportunities.
The course is run by some of the top Folk musicians in Britain, who are all very inspiring, and it covers a really wide variety of topics and geographical areas of music. You get lots of time face to face with your tutors to ask questions and steer your learning to what you want to know.
Leeds is a great city - there's always lots going on, plenty of live music and arts and culture events, the prices are pretty good, and there's loads of good restaurants and takeaways. The people in Leeds are really friendly too! Leeds isn't the safest place to live, but it doesn't feel hugely dodgy everywhere - you get to know the few places to avoid, and other than that it tends to be similar to other cities (ie. not going out alone at night etc).
Having begun my degree during the pandemic, I think the course leader of my degree did a stellar job of providing educational content via online lectures without making us do something as ridiculous as a show/shared performance via zoom. I've had master classes with Coleman Domingo, Isobel McArthur, Aaron Posner and working with multiple theatre companies and/or their creative control members like The Letter Room, New Victorians and Darren Clark. I understand as a result the fortunate position I was in, especially compared to my friends studying at different degrees that felt completely in the dark about their own training and work by comparison of how much contact time there was despite the limitations in place. I think at times the work load feels very intense in comparison to the other degrees as a result of the nature of the degree. For example we just spent 2 weeks working on the 1st act of an Actor Muso panto that wasn't being assessed to share, and immediately went into a 4 week project for a full length production that the Acting degree had 6 weeks to prepare. Given we're playing live music as well as composing original score, on top of the acting aspects of the shows (and mostly 12 hours days), we're all rather tired. As much as the panto was informative and fun, both intensive projects one immediately after the other has left us very tired.
It's a great course I think really prepares you for all aspects of Actor Musician work in the industry, it's thorough in realistic timelines of professional work, the quality expected of you and how be prepared for the industry in a way that truly benefits you (your public image, your qualifications, skillsets etc). Working with industry professionals in real time and learning from them is very enriching and always feels like a gain a little more insight into what's expected of me in the world I want to work in. Another benefit is there is just enough time in the week to hold down a part time job, which is great for students like myself who require it to manage financially - you can't always attend the group nights out, but for someone like me who doesn't go out often anyway, it's not the end of the world. I think something that gets old fast is the lack of space given the new 1st years, it was manageable when the acting and actor muso courses each only had one academic year in the building, but now they each have two, finding the space for your equipment, rehearsals, etc. is difficult. It's expected that another instrument cupboard will be found, which is a positive, and external rehearsal spaces have been provided - but as an actor muso they don't always work with the class' instruments. It seems like a minor detail, but it continues to have an impact.
I'm not sure on graduate employment opportunities as I'm prepping to work in an "audition to work" industry part of Leeds, but the creative arts community here is thriving, and I don't doubt there'd regular work available consistently. Overall it's a great city, really reminds me of my home town which has made me feel a lot less homesick than I expected after first moving out.
I lived here in 1st year, the price has since increased to live in Mill Street, honestly I don't think it's an amazing halls to live it for the price - it's expensive for an at time claustrophobic experience. And if you're unlucky enough to live the type of flat mates I did (lazy with cleaning and shared space hygiene) it's easy to hate that place very quickly during a pandemic. Mill Street were kind enough to remove some fo the rent from the overall fee, but my overall experience wasn't great. Part of that was who I was living with, part of it was the size of the flat whilst living with 5 other people, part of it was the fact I spent most of my time in it as a result of the pandemic - all are factors to consider. It's close to the conservatoire which is always an advantage, and at the time was usually cheaper/nicer than Joseph Stones, but if you find somewhere more spacious, take it.
Overall, my university experience has been tainted by COVID, which obviously couldn't be helped, but I have still enjoyed my time for the most part. The location is great as it's close to the city centre, across the road from the bus station and only a 10-15 minute walk from the station! Being next to the BBC and across from The Wardrobe is also a plus. Student support is an interesting one, as I haven't had any need to use the Health & Wellbeing team until this year, however have heard very negative feedback from the majority of students I've spoken to. I believe they do try their best to support the students, however sometimes it may not be the correct help that the students need. Support from lecturers can vary depending on the course however I feel like I have had great support throughout my academic years. The Students' Union and student life could be improved at Leeds Conservatoire. Being a part of the Students' Union myself, I have an understanding of the inner workings, and it majorly needs revamping and needs people at the helm that are passionate about their job, and are willing to put in the hours. Student life is good at Leeds Conservatoire when looking at the community and facilities like the cafe bar, and the fifth floor. These are great places to hang out and meet people. Also the events that are put on in the city centre (either run by LC or marketed on behalf of someone else) are usually great.
The blended learning has been an interesting one during my time at the Conservatoire. I feel like online was pretty bad, I was still able to get good grades from my courses and the lecturers that made the effort to make their classes interesting really helped me get through the year. I feel as if the lack of effort made by a lot of students and lack of interactivity is a major one in actually enjoying the lectures. Course hours I feel are good! I have enough time to get my work done outside of my studies. Would have preferred more in-person classes during my third year with the professional and contextual studies. Teaching quality definitely varies on Business, very dependent on the lecturer and their passion for the job. I've found that lecturers that don't supply the correct information or the correct guidance for assignments tend to be the ones that are disliked. The course content I don't believe is fit for purpose in the real world. I have been told it is written the way it is so that we can graduate being 'entrepreneurs', however a lot of students don't want to go down that path. It lacks major parts of the industry such as PR. I only got an internship during my second year because I sent emails out to local companies who I thought may take me on, and the university only got involved to write a contract. I wouldn't want prospective students to believe that this course links them up with internships, because they actively don't.
The cost of living in Leeds isn't horrendous I'd say? It can be very expensive as a student depending on where you live. The major downside with costs of living is to do with awful landlords who charge extortionate rates for houses that have major flaws and faults. You can chip down your spending by shopping at Aldi, walking more and spending less on nights out or on leisure activities. I'd say it's definitely cheaper than some other cities. Safety is questionable. I believe the University do as much as they can within their budget to keep the students safe, but we hardly hear about it and a lot of students still do get mugged or feel generally unsafe at night time. The public transport in Leeds is great! Buses and trains galore. Ubers are tricky as they can be hard to get at peak times and due to the restrictions in certain parts of the city centre, it can be hard to know how to get home after a night out. Leeds has a lot of companies and I believe plenty of graduate employment opportunities, especially in the music business. The only downside would be that the local music industry is a very small circle of the same people, and can feel off putting as a newbie.