Studying at BIMM Berlin is a bit different from what you’re used to at school or college… so, we’ve put this handy guide together to help prepare you for the leap to our institute.
In the classroom: When taking the leap from Further Education to Higher Education, it’s understandable to assume that classes take place nine hours a day and five days a week in a classroom just like the ones at school or college. At BIMM you spend roughly ten hours per week within a ‘classroom’ environment (this includes studios, live venues, Mac suites and multi-purpose spaces). These locations are integral to the course, but they’re a piece of a much larger jigsaw in your learning experience. One of the most exciting things about the time spent in the classroom at BIMM Berlin is that we have a roster of music industry professionals delivering our courses and sharing their knowledge with you. For example, depending on your course, you’ll have the chance to learn from Pete Smith, the Grammy Award-winning producer behind Sting and Van Morrison, or potentially work with Budgie, the legendary drummer from Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Outside of the classroom: BIMM Berlin offers a wealth of learning opportunities that take place outside of the classroom, including Masterclasses, tutorials, open access and rehearsals. Here’s an insight into what these added extras entail:
- Open access: BIMM Berlin students are given access to all of our state-of-the-art facilities to enrich your learning experience. Including our top-of-the-range Mac suites with leading brand-sponsored equipment, comfortable reading rooms, in-house collections of books and the legendary Trixx – a high-tech recording studio. The BIMM Berlin building itself is a music industry hub, with an equipment hire service and music accessories shop to boot.
- Rehearsals: When it comes to rehearsals, BIMM Berlin provides cutting-edge professional facilities at Noisy Rooms, with equipment and software delivered by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse us.
- Self study and research: During this time you’re expected to conduct independent research, complete coursework and practical projects, read into your chosen field and practice your instrument (if you have one). We have a wealth of relevant books that you’ll have access to, plus reading rooms and Mac labs too.
- Masterclasses: We use our tried and tested industry connections to bring some of the most amazing people in music direct to your classroom as part of our regular Masterclass sessions. Past special guests at BIMM Berlin have included: Peaches, Thurston Moore, Glyn Johns and many more.
- Tutorials: In addition to your time spent in the classroom, you’ll be given an allocated number of hours per term for one-on-one, bespoke tutorials with our industry tutors. A highlight of this function is that we encourage you to not only book tutorials with your course tutors, but with any tutor across the college that may be beneficial to your development.
Opportunities and events: We use our industry connections to generate unique opportunities for you, giving you the best possible start to your career. Everything from gig nights and work-based learning with our partners, to artist development programmes… and so much more. Read all about how our students were given the opportunity to host and project manage the Berlin Music Video Awards here, find out more about how we helped our students to score internships with Berlin-based top artist and event management company, Nineteen95 Entertainment Group here and watch our students perform at BIMM Berlin’s dedicated stage at the iconic Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg here.
The photos in this blog were taken at our songwriting camp, which you can read all about here.
If you want to know more, you can contact our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Team who are on hand to answer any questions you might have on +49 303 11 99 186 or via email at [email protected]