WATERBEAR — New College for Musicians & Creatives

WATERBEAR is a new college that offers flexible and innovative higher education for creative minds.

WaterBear is a forwards-looking Brighton-based UK college for musicians and creatives, now accepting applications for courses starting September 2018. Working in partnership with the University of Chichester, WaterBear offers BA courses (Hons) and Master of Arts courses for today’s musicians and music industry professionals, including a brand-new BA (Hons) in Commercial Music; an MA in Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise for degree graduates; and an MA in Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise for mature students.

Adam Bushell – WaterBear is a practical, modern approach to music education…

WaterBear is run by its founders: Bruce John Dickinson (Little Angels), Adam Bushell (Freak Power) and Mark Clayden (Pitchshifter) — an impressive management team of highly experienced professionals — each of whom has extensive experience in the modern music industry and are established touring musicians and recording artists.

In addition, the team members share a deep passion for music education — each with more than 20 years of experience at the forefront of the private music education sector in the UK — having established and managed several successful music schools .

WaterBear is also proud to announce the exciting appointment of Rob Chapman as Director of Guitar Innovation.

The YouTube sensation is a guitarist, singer and content creator. In both 2015 and 2016, Rob was named Total Guitar Magazine’s ‘Guitar Personality of the Year’. He was also featured in Forbes magazine as an entrepreneur who had made exceptionally good use of YouTube. Rob Chapman also founded and owns Chapman Guitars: the UK’s fastest-growing guitar company. He also served as leader of the heavy rock band Dorje and has forged a singular reputation for creating and publishing charismatic, entertaining and educational videos on the YouTube platform over the past decade. He currently gets more than 5 million hits per month.

As Rob explains himself: “It’s my job to call upon my many years of experience to help you guys reach your final form and reach your absolute potential in what it is you want to do, through a forward thinking and practical curriculum. One of the big differences with WaterBear is that your own music and projects form the foundation of the course. WaterBear will help you expand on what you already do. They will give you one- to-one mentoring to really help you take your playing and your career to the next level.”

WaterBear’s courses have been designed for musicians, producers, tour managers, event managers, songwriters, solo artists, film makers, social media content creators and creative entrepreneurs. WaterBear aims to take students’ real world activity and amplify it, to form lasting industry careers.

Bruce John Dickinson – WaterBear will offer something new and different…

The founding director, Bruce John Dickinson, explains: “WaterBear will offer something new and different. We believe that people like us who design and deliver music degrees should be active professional musicians themselves – just like the team at WaterBear. ”

“If you study with us, your own music and projects will form the foundations of your course. You can study online, on site or a mixture of the two. WaterBear believes your college work should fit around your life, not the other way around.”

WaterBear CEO Adam Bushell adds: “WaterBear is a practical, modern approach to music education. We are really excited to be accepting students onto our new MA and BA courses. We see all applicants for a one-to-one consultation prior to making any offers, as we want to hear all about each individual and where they’re at, experientially and creatively. We believe that every creative is an individual who deserves one-to-one attention, mentoring and guidance.”

WaterBear Principal Mark Clayden explains: “Innovation is at the heart of what we do. For example, we are proud to be the first creative college to take social media seriously and offer a degree that focuses on filmmaking and content creation for social media. It’s all about forming a creative community of like-minded individuals who share knowledge, skills and contacts.”

WaterBear courses begin in September 2018. For more information, visit www.waterbear.org.uk


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