Higher Education College Transfer Scheme

Multiple Cities, Infinite Possibilities

Our colleges are located in the cities where music matters most. And because of our impressive network of colleges across Europe, we provide something you won’t find at any other contemporary music college: the Higher Education College Transfer Scheme.

That means you can complete your course in different European cities by splitting your three years of study across BIMM colleges in Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Hamburg, London, and Manchester.*

Start your course in one city, transfer to another for your second year and, for your final year, stay where you are, return to where you started, or even transfer to a third city.

*The scheme is only available where the same course is delivered and is at the same stage of delivery in the chosen location. Full details and conditions are available here.

Studying in different cities can be an adrenaline shot to your early music career.

Not only will it take you well out of your comfort zone, but you’ll also get to immerse yourself in a completely different music scene, build a reputation on different live circuits, explore new cultures and genres, and expand your industry contacts.


“The move to London felt right for me at the time, as the Manchester scene didn’t quite fit my tastes and needs anymore. Moving forces you to step out of your comfort zone to make new contacts and friends. Now I’ve moved, I’m pretty sure I’ll stay here after graduation. It’s also great to have this opportunity whilst student finance is still helping you out!”
Brooke Williams, BIMM Student

Berlin

Berlin lifetime native and House/Techno producer Marlon Hoffstadt, took some time out from producing and running ‘Savour The Moment’ and ‘Midnight Themes’ Records, to show us his 5 STAPLES of the Berlin music scene.

Ft. Salon – Zur wilden Renate, ELSE, OYE Record Store, Bikini Waxx Records & Paloma.

To live in Berlin today is to be within the most vibrant space in Europe – a city in a constant state of flux and abuzz with creativity.

Birmingham

Birmingham has a music culture unique to the UK; feeding off diverse subcultures and genres; it’s a scene that provides limitless inspiration and opportunities for collaboration.

We asked Music Journalist and Brum Radio presenter Danny de Reybekill to show off his city and give us his 5 STAPLES of the Birmingham music scene.

For anyone deciding where to study music, Birmingham is a place that will expand your musical horizons.

Brighton

Roxy Roberts took some time out from running Hear No Evil Management, hosting her radio show on Trickstar Radio and getting involved with Brighton Sound Social to take us around her five Staples of the Brighton music scene.

This city by the sea is bursting with every genre of music you could imagine. And it’s home to festivals like The Great Escape and Brighton Pride, too.

As said by Roxy herself, Brighton is one of the most liberal, accepting, versatile and dynamic places around – and it could be the perfect place for you to start your music industry career.

Bristol

Bristol is a city with an unquestionably rich music and cultural heritage.

We caught up with Heavy Lungs frontman, IDLES homie and all round great bloke Danny Nedelko, to get his five ‘STAPLES’ of Bristol’s music scene.

Dublin

Welcome to Dublin: a city with music at its very core. Every night of the week, you’ll hear the sound of live music pulsing across the city. 

Music is a living part of the city’s identity with music venues on every corner. This is a city to hear international acts at the 3Arena and the Academy one night or local bands, DJs and artists onstage at one of the hundreds of legendary venues, bars, pubs and clubs any other night of the week. 

All-round hero and half of the formidable ‘Le Boom’, Aimie Mallon shows us around her 5 STAPLE venues of Dublin’s exciting music scene.

Hamburg

Music video director, touring musician and all round legend Daniel Prieß, shows us his top 5 staple venues in Hamburg.

Historically, Hamburg has always been a city based around trade and commerce – but this certainly doesn’t mean it’s lacking in imagination or personality. Its financial stability allows artists and musicians to be truly creative, knowing there’s solid backing behind them, and the city’s economic prowess has seen global music brands, like Warner Music, base their operations here.

London

London Hip-Hop and Grime artist Kwazi Cort, shows us his 5 STAPLE spaces of the South-West London Music Scene.

London has an incredibly vibrant and diverse music scene. On any given night you can check out acts from the four corners of the globe in every style imaginable. Whether a hotly-tipped grime act in East London, legendary Jazzers at Ronnie Scott’s, cutting-edge alternative bands in Camden or some delectable soul in a super cool club, music in London is eclectic, exciting and always evolving. And with the greatest range of venues of anywhere in the UK, if not Europe, the capacity for exploration is almost daunting.

Manchester

Duncan Wallis, Dutch Uncles’ frontman, Super 8th radio show host and all round top guy gives us a tour of his 5 STAPLES of the Manchester music scene.

The metropolitan city with a phenomenal musical history and thriving music scene that’s set to grow even bigger. The 1975, Pale Waves, Aitch, Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths, Parklife and Dot to Dot Festival all call this exciting, innovative city home.

Any questions?

If you’re a current student and are interested in the College Transfer Scheme, your local Student Support team will be able to provide further information on the process

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