Access Creative College acquires music institute dBS

Access Creative College (ACC), an independent college for the creative industries has acquired dBs, the sound & music institute. The move represents an expansion of FE and HE services for ACC, offering learners a coherent, connected and defined journey from post 16 to degree level.

From its campuses on Mitchell Lane, St Thomas Street and Wilson Place, as well as at its centre in Plymouth, dBs currently offers specialist music and sound production courses to help students build meaningful careers in the audio industry.

Access Creative College delivers vocational education in the creative industries to over 3,000 students at campuses in major cities across England, offering specialist courses in computing, games, media, music and events. The college aims to prepare young learners for careers in the creative industries through innovative, practical employment-led training.

In Bristol, students will have access to facilities across both the existing dBs and Access Creative College sites. ACC’s state of the art campus in central Bristol has just had a £4.5m expansion to include an events space, music studio and various production suites.

With a common goal to deliver the next generation of creative talent through engaging, industry relevant courses, ACC and dBs will come together to offer learners initially in Bristol and Plymouth an extended range of courses from levels 2-7.

Jason Beaumont, CEO at Access Creative College, comments, “So many students from both dBs and ACC have gone on to achieve a great deal of success within the creative industries in Bristol and beyond. We see this as a marriage between two institutions to provide students in the city with a coherent, connected and defined journey in their learning, at whichever point they choose to study, from leaving school through to degree level.

“dBs has a very strong track record in successfully delivering technical degrees up to postgraduate level. Our plans are to build on this and develop a suite of degrees for our progressing students across all our provision.”

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