FAQs

Course Information

Our diplomas aim to engage students with limited or no experience in the fields of music production and sound engineering or electronic music production. Whilst this may sound like an introductory course it’s actually far from it! The courses will deliver a broad depth of information and aim to get students working independently on major projects.

Our diplomas are practice based and will have you assembling an impressive and broad portfolio of work. There is nothing more valuable than experience and our learning by doing approach is sure to expose you to a variety of techincal, creative, organisational and pragmatic skills. When you combine our mentorship and resources with your ambition, the possibilities are limitless.

Yes, many of our students choose to further their studies by continuing onto a degree after completing the diploma. Both diplomas are suitable for progression onto either of the degrees (i.e. you could switch the between sound engineering or electronic music production).

Our Bachelor (Hons) degrees are internationally recognised undergraduate bachelor of arts programmes, administered through the University of St Mark & St John in the UK. They are suitable for students that have some prior experience in recording and/or production and aims to push students both creatively and technically and will provide the necessary skills to enter employment, further study or to produce their own work.

dBs Music’s degrees are accredited by the University of St Mark & St John (MARJON), a small, specialised university based in Plymouth in the South West of England, with around 3500 students. In 2012 they achieved 87% in their student satisfaction survey and 79.9% for teaching excellence in the Sunday Times university guide. We work closely with this university to deliver our music degrees in both the UK and Berlin and have had a very successful relationship with them for a number of years.

With over 175 Years of heritage, tradition and experience, MARJON has travelled a long road in becoming first a university college and now a full university. The university’s degree courses comply fully with the European Diploma Supplement Transcript and have equivalent ECTS values for all modules in keeping with the Bologna Declaration at the Convention for the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region.

MARJONs is listed as an accredited degree awarding university on the following UK Government websites:

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) UK Government recognised bodies

University website: http://www.marjon.ac.uk

Yes, you do!
Our degrees are awarded:
Semesters 1 & 2 (Stage 1) = 60 ECTS Credits
Semesters 3 & 4 (Stage 2) = 60 ECTS Credits
Semesters 5 & 6 (Stage 3) = 60 ECTS Credits
Total Degree = 180 ECTS Credits

Our degrees are Bachelor of Arts awards.

Classes take place Monday to Saturday between 10:00 & 20:00, with taught study hours usually taking place over two or three days (maximum of 6 class hours) every week, with breaks for lunch.

We make every effort to fit actual taught class time into 2-3 days a week to allow students time outside of this period to work on their portfolio, carry out part time work etc.

Sept - June 2018

2-year Sept 2017 - Aug 2019
3-year Sept 2017 - May 2020

The 2 year (fast-track) and 3 year degrees contain exactly the same content, but the 2 year course has an extra semester in summer.

How to Apply

You can apply at any time! We process applications from January on, so we will hold on to yours if it is submitted between September - December. We will always keep you aware of when places are becoming limited.

Once we have received and processed your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Once you’ve had your interview and our team has approved your application, you will be sent a letter of offer. In order to confirm your acceptance of the offer and your place on the course, we ask that you pay a €750 enrolment fee (this amount is then deducted from your total annual course fee). When we’ve received the enrolment fee we will send you your acceptance letter and you’re officially one of us!

Every application we receive has an interview with one of our senior members of teaching staff, usually conducted over Skype or the phone. In the interview we will go over your application, experience and motivations for joining the school and also answer any questions you/we might have. This is an informal meeting and is a chance for us to meet with you and make sure you are applying for the right course at the right level. As all our classes are in English, this is also a chance for both us and you to be sure you will be comfortable in your lessons.

We began this academic year (September 2016), with 48 Film Students and 300 Music Students!

However, classes have no more than 20 students.

Please be aware we are not able to offer student visas in Germany for students outside of the EU because our courses, although delivered in Berlin, result in a UK based qualification and therefore the German visa authorities will not issue a German student visa for our college.

Citizens of EU countries or those with an EU passport, do not require a visa to study in Germany.

For non-EU citizens:

Before you make your application, we do ask that you investigate the options for obtaining a visa for your country of origin. If you are made an offer to study with us, you will be required to show evidence of your visa before we can officially accept you on to the course.

For more extensive information click here for our main visa website page.

Fees & Finance

Each year for all courses you will be required to pay a €750 enrolment fee to secure your place in the course. You will then be required to pay the annual balance. You have two ways to pay the balance - either as a one-off payment or a monthly financing payment.

The one-off payment does work out slightly less however we offer the financing option as this is often very helpful for managing your budget. Note that if you choose the financing payment you will need to sign an agreement. Please see our terms and conditions for details of this agreement.

Visit our course fees page to see exactly what you pay and what you get.

Studying at dBs Music

Both the diploma and degree courses have large elements of project work and practical assignments, which must be achieved to schedule and within the time spent studying the course. However, there are no exams.

All classes are taught in English and any coursework is also submitted in English.

Being able to communicate with your tutors and classmates is very important to keep up with your work and to enjoy your time at dBs Berlin. We have suggested English levels below and will take steps to assist you, but please do take the time to consider your levels with both written and spoken English.

For the diploma course most of the submitted work is of a practical, non-written nature however to fully make the most of your course we do suggest a minimum of IELTS 6.0.

For the degree level course MARJON have set the following English requirements.

We fully intend that students studying on our courses will leave the course with a higher level of English than when they started and offer English support classes to help you achieve your best results.

As Berlin is an international city you will find that English is widely spoken, which does make it fairly easy to get around. However, learning German will make your time here both much easier and more fulfilling!

Our courses are focused on providing a broad range of relevant skills to prepare you for working in the real world, helping you to bridge the gap between studying in a classroom and making a living from your work. This means having tutors who can pass on their own experiences, working on projects that can become your calling card, and picking up skills in areas not normally touched on by other courses.

Berlin is currently one of the most creative cities in the world with thousands of artists and musicians looking for people to collaborate and work with and to help promote their productions. You will also be in an environment with over 200 other students looking for people to work with on projects; being in these kinds of environments fosters creativity and provides unique opportunities that studying in other places, or learning from the internet, just doesn’t!

As with any study though, we can’t guarantee jobs straight out of the course, however the more you take advantage of the opportunities provided by dBs Berlin, the more likely you are to find a way into the industry.

As well as recruiting people who are experts in their specific fields so that you gain as much knowledge and advice from their real-world experience as you can, we strive to place tutors who provide students with the care, supportive atmosphere and stimulation required to get the most out of their course of study.

You can check out more detailed info about some of our tutors on our team page!

In addition to our regular tutors’ experience and tutoring ability, we organise regular guest visits from industry professionals for one-off lectures throughout the course. We believe in the value of receiving real industry input on a regular basis to enhance your own personal development.

Buildings & Equipment

The short answer is yes. Bookable time will be provided and can be reserved for personal and school projects, outside of scheduled class time. We want our equipment to be used!

You will need an external hard drive with either a USB or Thunderbolt connection. You will also need a pair of high quality studio monitoring headphones. We include a list of suggested headphones in our Student Welcome Pack.

At our main centre in Friedrichshain we have three floors of teaching spaces that house IT suites, production studios, a student services hub, radio station and various technological toys. It is also here that you’ll find our dedicated Electronic Music Production Lab, a technological playground designed for our Electronic Music Production & Performance students.

Out at the world-famous Funkhaus, we have our main recording studios for our Music Production & Sound Engineering courses, a combination of original 1950s studio spaces and increasingly popular ‘Boxy Labs’. Our studios contain both analog and digital recording and mixing facilities.

We think the best way to answer this one is to come and see our centre in Berlin. We could provide a long list of gear here for you to trawl through, but without seeing how we use it within our centre and the spaces we have created, it doesn’t really mean much! If you are not able to visit, drop us an email and we can send you a list to give you an idea!

Yes you can!

We are very happy for you to come and see us and check out our music production training facilities and studios, so you can get a feel for our atmosphere and the fantastic environment you will be working in.

To take a full tour of our facilities, book one of our upcoming Open Days.

Or to make a time to have a quick chat with one of our team, just get in touch!

Living in Berlin

From 2017 onwards, we will be partnering with the Funkhaus to offer artist residencies to our students. Take a read on our ‘Living in Berlin’ page for more information

As well as this, We’ll always try to help our students with advice and support and are always keeping an eye out in Berlin for local opportunities or developments.

We’ve put together some information on finding accommodation on our website and are always updating!

Unfortunately this is not yet possible because dBs Music is not part of the German state funded education system and therefore do not qualify for subsidy. StudentenWerk seldom have enough places for the demand in Berlin in any case, so many students go to private accommodation providers, some of which are shown as links on our main accommodation web page.

Yes, we have dedicated student services team to help you get the most out of your time studying and living in Berlin! We host regular parties in venues around Berlin that work as a platform for our students to perform, experiment and hone their skills, plus we have our own online radio station run and promoted by dBs Berlin students.

We keep an up to date database on events and services in Berlin and will help where we can with understanding German authorities or official processes, such as registering yourself as a resident or how to set up a phone account.