WHAT YOU GIVE...
We like to be upfront about our fees so you can be sure about the cost of your studies before you start. All our course fees are listed below and we have no hidden extras or administration charges. The tuition cost doesn’t, however, include additional things like specific books or gear you need to complete the projects you design.
There is one flat rate for our courses which will apply to every year of your study. We offer you two simple ways to pay; you can either make a single payment at the start of the year, or make 10 monthly payments throughout the year. For both options there is a once a year, non-refundable enrolment fee that secures your place on the course.
One message which we would like you to understand is that when you take the total cost of doing a qualification into account, studying with dBs Berlin is one of the best value, highest-quality options available. Of course we would say that, so don’t just rely on our opinion. For more independent and objective information read this blog item.
Discount for Early Birds
We are trying to help our admissions team have a smoother workload throughout the year. This allows us to respond more quickly to your questions and provide you with the support you need to make your decision. As a student it also makes your life easier knowing what you are committing to and enables you to properly prepare for this next big step in your life.
To say thank you to those who are prepared to commit, we are offering an early bird discount of €250 on the course fee. You can access this discount by applying in November, opting for the single payment choice and paying your enrolment fee within 4 weeks. View a break down of this in the chart below, or reach out to our admissions team if you have any questions.
|Enrolment Fee||Tuition Price||Number of Payments||Total|
|1-YR, 2-YR, 3-YR course: 2019/20 price|
|Monthly Payment||€750||€9250||10 (€925)||€10000|
|Early Bird discount (apply and pay enrolment within 4 weeks)|
|6-WK Summer School: 2019 price|
After you have completed your application, admissions will make a decision and if everything's gone well - we will send you an offer letter. This will ask for a €750 enrolment fee to finalise your acceptance. This fee is due at the start of each year of study and confirms your place on the next year of the course.
Our monthly payments are designed as an easier way to pay for the course. Instead of paying the full fee upfront, we split the cost of the course over 10 months
The single payment is the simplest method of paying. One payment, once a year due before you start studying. This also works out to be significantly less than the monthly payments.
WHEN TO PAY
The enrolment fee is due 2 weeks after you receive the offer letter. The first monthly payment and the single payment are due by 15th August. The monthly payments are then paid every month.
HOW MANY HOURS OF CLASS?
As a general rule you will have 12 hours of lessons delivered weekly. This is paired with 12 hours of supported time on campus and 12 hours self directed at home.
This means around a 36 hour commitment a week - so a full time course. Our timetable is subject to change week by week or semester by semester, so we can't guarantee the possibility of regular shifts.
WHAT DAYS OF THE WEEK IS CLASS?
Normally Mon - Fri
Classes will occur Monday - Friday on average about 3 days out of the week. If a class needs to be rescheduled it will be moved to a Saturday. Your particular weekly arrangement depends on which group your are placed into for your course.
How long the classes run depends on the type of class: studio based workshops =up to 4 hours while discussion based workshops = 1 or 2 hours.
CAN I HAVE A JOB AT THAT SAME TIME?
Many of our students hold down jobs at the same time as their study. It's up to you to decide how much time you'd like to dedicate vs. how much time you need to work. Your ability to work in Germany also depends on what type of visa you hold - please be sure to consider these legal formalities.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I GET IN THE STUDIOS?
Depends on your course
You will get some taught time in the studios. You will also get bookable time to complete your assignments or other projects. At the moment the allocation runs: 3 hours per week for those in the 1st year of their course, 4 hours per week for those in the 2nd year, and 5 hours per week for those in the 3rd year. Bookable time is available in term time only.
You will be assigned a particular group for your course and these will consist of no more than 20 students.
We have a Christmas vacation of 3 weeks, an Easter vacation of 2 weeks and a Summer vacation of 13 weeks for 1st years and 18 weeks for 2nd/3rd years.
In addition to your 12 hours of delivered lessons a week, we also feature monthly Guest Sessions. These present guest speakers from all spectrums of the industry to share their unique experiences and personal insight into the professional (and creative!) world of music production, offering you different ways of looking at your future careers.
GEAR TO PURCHASE
All you need are a good pair of headphones and at least 1 hard drive. We can offer you everything else you'd need in our facilities.