BIMM Institute Bristol facilities
BIMM Institute Bristol opened its doors in 2008 and has two buildings in the heart of this West Country city. One is located at Passage Street (just a short walk from the picturesque Castle Park) and one in the student hotspot King Square.
Choose to study across our two colleges and you’ll be surrounded by high-tech facilities. These include two high specification recording studios with live rooms, kitted out with industry-standard Audient desks and a wide range of bookable recording equipment.
We’re really excited to announce that BIMM Institute Bristol will be moving to a fantastic new building in Stokes Croft. The four-storey space has planning permission already granted, and the doors will be open for new students starting in September 2022.
Since opening in 2008, BIMM Institute Bristol has grown in size and scope to deliver a range of music-focused creative industries diplomas, degrees and MA programmes to almost one thousand students. St James’ House, our new building, will replace our Passage Street campus building and will support our continued growth by ensuring our students have access to industry-standard resources throughout their studies.
About our new building
St James’ House is a four-storey, 33,000 square feet former office building in Stokes Croft. Its proximity to BIMM King Square allows us to develop a more substantial presence and community in the area.
Stokes Croft has been an ideal home for us over the years, with a range of fantastic local independent venues and a strong student community. Now, feeling like we’ve outgrown our Passage Street campus, we’ve taken this opportunity to re-imagine how our college spaces should look, feel and function.
Studio People, our design and construction team have been working directly with Hannah Phipps, College Principal, to develop a new vision for the college that puts the student, staff and local community at the centre of the design. The college will be clean, contemporary and industrial, whilst making use of natural materials. Studio People specialise in creating studio spaces, so not only will the space look amazing, it’ll sound amazing too.
The upgrade in facilities and equipment will support learning across all of our single and joint honours courses, including performance, media and marketing, music business, event management, songwriting, music production, and music teaching. Besides several Mac labs, study spaces, edit suites, rehearsal rooms and lecture rooms, the new flagship BIMM building will house:
- Two industry-standard recording studios and live rooms
- A creative media suite with a green screen and professional lighting rig
- Two high specification performance spaces
- A glass DJ performance booth
- Room for students to exhibit their own art and sound installations
You’ll have access to local professional studios throughout your studies. With these opportunities, you can apply the skills you’ve developed in a professional, real-world setting.
If you’re a Performance student, you’ll also get to perform regularly at local professional venues, such as Rough Trade, the Fleece and the Thekla. You might see your favourite artists grace the same stage you play each week in class.
And that’s not all. We also have an excellent selection of bookable resources and specialised equipment that can help you push the boundaries of your musical creation, such as a modular synthesis rig and two vintage tape machines used for experimental composition. Cameras, lights, mics and even green screens are available to book if you’re interested in media and content creation.
Nothing quite beats applying what you’ve learnt in a real-world setting. That’s why we’ve partnered with creative hub Pirate Studios. Here, you’ll have access to 24/7 rehearsal and production spaces that allow for endless practise…and it’s all free of charge.
Initially, Pirate Studios was set up to change the way musicians rehearse. And it’s you that will be bringing the latest music into their chambers. When using the space, you’ll have the chance to use professional equipment, record your sessions and see what life in a real studio is really like.
Specialist studios, incredible equipment and a 65-seater performance venue are just some of the things that make BIMM Institute Bristol the place to turn your goals into your dream career in the music industry.
We’ve got multiple teaching rooms – all kitted out with top-spec, professional-quality music equipment of course – plus a library, several tutorial rooms and a common room. And it’s in our common room that you’ll rub shoulders with top musical talent and mix with like-minded souls.
40ft with a 65-seat capacity, our Performance Room is equipped with a 4K PA system, guitar and bass amps by Marshall, Orange, Ampeg and Laney, drums by DW and Kurzweil stage piano.
Our guitar rooms feature a range of vintage and modern equipment from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa Boogie, Gibson, Blackstar and Orange.
Specialist vocals studio
Features a Kurzweil stage piano and mics by Shure and Rode.
Equipped with backline by Laney, MarkBass and Orange.
Fitted with 14 top-level Roland TD-12 v-kits, DW drums and Zildjian cymbals.
Artist development room
Kitted out with DW drums, amplifiers by Laney and Orange and a Kurzweil stage piano.