Industry-focused music college sees record number of applications

Music college WaterBear said it has seen a 64% rise in student applications between January 2023 and January 2024, when the annual UCAS equal opportunities deadline closed.

The college, founded by music education pioneers Adam Bushell and Bruce John Dickinson in Brighton in 2018, opened its second campus in Sheffield in September 2023. It offers bachelors and masters courses for musicians, artists and industry professionals who want to build a sustainable career in the music industry.

Undergradutate applications have risen by 264% over the past two years.

Eve Massaad, director of marketing at WaterBear, said, “WaterBear has experienced an extraordinary expansion in recent years, a testament to our highly dedicated and passionate team of industry professionals. Our student-centred approach and student experience is a key factor to our success. From day one, our vision has been firmly focused on offering support to the DIY artist and enabling young musicians to take control of their career, fostering independence and resilience.

“The vast increase in applications received again this year is hugely encouraging, giving us confidence that we are creating an offering that students want, ultimately nurturing them to be professional, independent and adaptable creative thinkers in an ever-changing industry.”