A lot may have changed recently, but one thing has remained the same – our commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience, whilst protecting the wellbeing of the dBs community.
With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across the country, we’re incredibly excited to be able to welcome students back to our centres for in-person teaching. However, with self-isolation rules causing disruption across the country, we understand that life may still feel far from normal and that this period of transition can be a cause of anxiety.
It’s important to us that everyone feels safe and confident about re-integrating into post-lockdown life at dBs. That’s why we’ve been working on a number of measures to ensure you continue to get the most out of your studies with us, regardless of the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. With that in mind, here’s exactly what you can expect from your learning experience at dBs in the new academic year...
Continued access to facilities
Firstly, we have been working hard to ensure that all of our courses are delivered on campus so that you can continue to enjoy access to our fantastic facilities. We will be giving students the option to attend one-to-one tutorials and supervision sessions online, however, these can be done in-person if you prefer. Here are some of the measures we have taken:
- Studios: Unless there are changes to the Government guidance we will ensure access to our studios for both class delivery and student bookings through increased cleaning alongside clear operating parameters. Current course delivery will be augmented within these spaces using large screens fed from multiple cameras observing the consoles and patchbays. All students will have timetabled studio sessions as well as a weekly booking allowance for individual project work.
- IT Suites/ Workshops: We are intending to use screen sharing and audio networking to enable tutors to continue to offer in-depth one-to-one support during sessions, whilst observing the rules of social distancing. We have installed Perspex screens and will be increasing the sanitisation of equipment to keep students safe within their respective working areas.
- Library: We are investing in physical textbooks to update and expand our current library which will remain open to everyone. All students have access to the AES online library, which has an incredible catalogue of audio engineering papers within their journal publication. Students also have access to Marjon’s online library containing both textbooks and journals listed on the modular reading lists.
- Equipment booking: We have a large amount of bookable equipment available to use both on and offsite. A combination of cleaning and stock rotation will be implemented to ensure this equipment remains available for your use.
Rest assured, the use of studios and specialised audio spaces will still be at the heart of your learning experience and practical time using the facilities and hardware will not be compromised. The allocation of learning hours with your tutors won’t change either and we are enhancing elements of the curriculum to provide the best experience possible. Following current government guidance, we are planning all teaching to take place face-to-face and in- person. If any students are required to self isolate they will be able to access streamed lectures and we will supply software licenses for them to use offsite. Students returning from self-isolation will be given priority for studio bookings and offered one-to-one support for any practical elements they have missed.
Uncompromised hands-on learning
We will continue to use the studios, workshops, and other practical spaces in groups. These sessions will provide focused face-to-face tutor time, so you can get hands-on with our state-of-the-art equipment during studio sessions, workshops, fieldwork, practical activities and seminars. Depending on government guidance at the time we may require additional Covid-mitigation measures.
Bespoke video content
Bespoke video content has been created to aid your understanding of key theories and concepts, whilst reducing the amount of time spent in the lecture theatre. This will allow for more progressive and developmental activities to take place. These include practical exploration of pioneering processes in the studios and IT suites, analysis and critique sessions to promote key practices and expand on techniques, collaboration and the provision of industry-level feedback on your work, masterclasses and guest lectures. This approach also means that your onsite access to the equipment will be maximised through face-to-face learning as well as independent booking of the facilities, enabling you to continue to refine your technical and creative skills.
If you would like to find out more about studying with us in September, please feel free to contact a member of our admissions team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.