LCCM is a very unique school. It's pretty hard to describe: of course there are common courses and everything, but you can really shape the cursus into your own thing and have the perfect tuition for your specific needs. Everyone in the school has a different background with strengths and weaknesses and the school does not try to format you into anything. It makes for a nice mixed atmosphere where you'll probably fit, no matter your taste in music, your level and experience or even your language. It is a very international environment where you learn from everyone, every day.
Considering the domain is Music, you shouldn't expect to get your dream job straight away after finishing this school, nor any other music school: it very much depends on you, your work and your willpower, and you will need to give it time, and a little bit of luck as well. The school however puts you in contact with a very wide network of musicians and major actors in the music business. I've seen quite a few people offered very nice opportunities (going on tour with great bands, playing on TV shows...) while still working on their degree, and that's thanks to the teacher notably. The school will accomodate for that as well, changing exam dates and such so you can seize these opportunities. It will also promote your work via facebook, twitter, etc.
The courses are very, very, very good. Probably the strongest point this school has to offer. It's a perfect balance between practice (2/3) and theory (1/3), and you're told the very first day that you will be taught more than you can chew in as little time as a degree. This is normal and the way it's supposed to go is: you finish your degree with a lot of knowledge, too much to really assimilate at once in your music, and then you will gradually understand more over time, way after you're done with school. For example, the BMUS course is probably something like 7-10 years of learning condensed into 3, which can be a bit overwhelming but is definitely worth the bucks! The teachers know what they are talking about and, on top of being great musicians, they are sensible people and amazing teachers! You can literally feel the passion! You can ask them questions at any time, no matter if you actually have any lesson with them at all, and the answers never disappoint!
The official student union is there in case you need it but I can't say much about it because I always talk to the staff directly (see the "Student Support" section).
There is a Facebook accomodation page which is ran by the students. Nothing official. No campus, no discounts or anything. Also, the school buildings are in Central London which means you're either going to have to pay a lot for a place nearby or travel for 30mn-1h of daily commute. Bear in mind the second building is quite far from the first one (explained in detail in the "Uni Facilities" section) so you want to find a place close to the building where you will spend the most time.
The school is in a transition phase where it is spread accross two buildings. That is supposed to change in 2016-2017 with a brand new building being built with music in mind. In the meantime, the two buildings are very dissimilar: the first one is very central (London Bridge) and albeit quite small, is very nice. That is where most of the theory classes happen, along with the songwriting and production courses. The other building, where most of the actual "playing" is done (rehearsal rooms, drum booths, rooms full of pianos), is a temporary add-on that is 30mn away by walk, 15mn by bus. It is located on Newport street, under the train arches. There are downsides, like the mediocre soundproofing and the doors getting jammed sometimes, etc. but you get used to it and it does the job.
It's London: you can do everything you want, whenever you want... can't really get better than that! It's a bit cold and rainy at times but not as terrible as you'd think. Besides, you'll probably be inside working on your music most of the day, and jamming or going to concerts at night (there are lots, all kinds of music, size, and price: most are free or very cheap at least). London has its downsides: it's expensive, and everyone is always busy doing "things" so it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Just keep that in mind and enjoy the many many good sides it has to offer ;)
There is nothing official but the students are keen on starting bands, setting up jams, organizing parties, etc. ...and we have a football group!
The staff is amazingly nice. So nice in fact that everyone keeps asking them for everything, all the time. This means they can be a bit overloaded at times but they will always take note of your remarks or issues and adress them as soon as humanely possible.
Good, everything as described on their website. A great way to start an education in music although sometimes fails to live up to students expectations, that is in terms of teaching and further learning outcome the student would have liked to achieve.
The best place for someone to dive into contemporary styles of music! With just some really fixable/tiny flaws and it is an amazing place, value for money! I believe I did the best choice studying in LCCM! Tutors have an open mind, they don't restrict you in borders but also will give you the appropriate foundation for whatever you do!
Broadens your horizons and if you are hardworking enough yes it has a lot of job prospects
There is room for improvement but we're talking for top tutors with vast experience and actually every hour there is priceless!
it works but noone really knows what it does.
they don't offer accomodation. just have a nice facebook group for people to come together and rent and it actually helps!
they are really good but there is a lot of room for improvement!
Stuck in the heart of London, LCCM was amazing for a budding musician like myself. I found the location incredible, as I didn't feel stuck within a university campus. The tutors are all full time musicians, and have tons of experience within the business. I would highly recommend this course! It was the best three years of my life.
Finding a job after Uni is hard wherever you go.
Having to find accommodation yourself is a lot easier than people think. I found it easier to make friends and get to know fellow students before the year started.
An appalling course, in appalling conditions. There is absolutely no student union at this institution. The procedures for complaints are terrible and the attitude of the staff is about grabbing as much money as possible. Prospective students will not have any money left over and the ranking of its validating partner Middlesex university is amongst the lowest of the whole of the UK and gives the general impression of its academic partnering scheme as being a criminal racket designed to suck the money out of the prospective student. Avoid avoid avoid - there are much better places to go to in London for music and these are regulated and connected with the NUS which provides a layer of support which the student simply does not get at LCCM