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BIMM University (Germany)

It's creative, it's edgy, it's artsy, it's one of the world's live music capitals -- and it's also home to BIMM University Berlin.


For students looking to get into the music or filmmaking scene, there may be no better place than this, which is also part of the BIMM University group of colleges.


Sure, BIMM Berlin provides state-of-the-art facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology, but what really struck me was the quality of the academics, who are real industry professionals still working in industry.


BIMM students benefit from this musical ecosystem, gaining exposure to live performances, networking opportunities and the chance to immerse themselves in Berlin's rich cultural tapestry.


Here are some of the highlights from my visit!


BIMM Institute Berlin

City of Berlin


Dear Berlin: where have you been all my life?


Why have I not visited you sooner?!


Despite the fact that my mom's side of the family is German, I was immediately drawn in by this place and the juxtapositions of old and new all around.


Gluhwein near Brandenburg Gate
Gluhwein near Brandenburg Gate
Berlin TV Tower next to the 13th century St. Mary's Church
Berlin TV Tower next to the 13th century St. Mary's Church
Spree River
Spree River

I absolutely must return; five days was simply not enough to explore all the museums, parks and corners of the city I had planned.


Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
Museum Island
Museum Island

As the capital of Germany, the country with Europe's largest economy, so much history runs right through it.


Reichstag Building (home of German Parliament)
Reichstag Building (home of German Parliament)
German Resistance Memorial & Museum
German Resistance Memorial & Museum
Georg Elser Monument
Georg Elser Monument

There are remnants of WWII and the Cold War everywhere; the wall that divided East and West Germany until 1989 is now a gallery in itself and a symbol of resilience and unity.


Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between the wall
Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between the wall
East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
Area around the Berlin Wall

There are plenty of powerful reminders of the city's tumultuous past.


Clear WWII damage on Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Clear WWII damage on Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Platform 17 Memorial to the Jews deported from this station
Platform 17 Memorial to the Jews deported from this station
Platform 17 Memorial to the Jews deported from this station
Topography of Terror Museum, the former headquarters of the Gestapo
Topography of Terror Museum, the former headquarters of the Gestapo
Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial
Memorial to Soviet soldiers
Memorial to Soviet soldiers

In fact, the bunker where Hitler took his own life ended up being the parking lot behind the apartment where I stayed.


Parking lot where Hitler took his own life

Despite the heaviness of certain sites, I could easily live here; in fact, 57 percent of Berliners are not from Berlin originally.


Steel Vintage Bikes - my favorite cafe
Steel Vintage Bikes - my favorite cafe
Steel Vintage Bikes - my favorite cafe

Berlin is a melting pot of cultures, making it a haven for creatives.


A funky record store in the neighborhood where David Bowie used to live
A funky record store in the neighborhood where David Bowie used to live

People are open, progressive, artistic and welcoming, and I loved the edginess of the graffiti works all around.


Grafitti art
Grafitti art
Grafitti art
An excellent museum dedicated to Otto Weidt
An excellent museum dedicated to Otto Weidt
Trains to Life; Trains to Death
Trains to Life; Trains to Death
Victory Column
Victory Column

I particularly loved how the transportation system of trams, buses and trains works seamlessly (if there aren't strikes) and operates 24/7 on weekends.


Berlin Zoo
Berlin Zoo
Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral

There is also surprisingly a TON of green space; Tiergarten Park is double the size of Central Park in New York!


Tiergarten Park
Tiergarten Park
Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral
Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral

And who knew that Berlin has more than 1,000 bridges -- surprisingly, more than Venice -- and a multitude of canals.


Berlin canal

Campus and academics


BIMM University Berlin is housed across two different sites -- both of which I consider to be ultra cool neighborhoods.


First, the House of Music is located in the R.A.W. area at the intersection of Berlin’s two most creative districts, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.


R.A.W. area
R.A.W. area
Outside the House of Music
Outside the House of Music
House of Music

Everything around the site is about entertainment, arts, culture and creativity, and it has protected land status, so it cannot be developed further.


Athletic club outside the school
Athletic club outside the school
Area outside the school
Area outside the school

Amazingly, it's co-located with industry.


In the same building, students have the chance to rub shoulders with companies like iZotope, Patreon, Music Pool Berlin, noisy and Yamaha who work in the offices above the school -- or the 4,000 clients that work out of the co-working space below.


noisy rooms
noisy rooms
Area outside the school

They actively facilitates internships, workshops, and masterclasses with key players in the music business, too.


Reception area
Reception area

On this site, there are about 400 students studying degrees in Songwriting, Popular Music Performance, Music Production, Music Business and more.


International students make up 75 percent of the student body.


Vocal class
Vocal class

But perhaps one of the best selling points about BIMM Berlin is the facilities themselves.


Drums and stage
Soundproof room
Soundproof room

With an in-house production studio, more than 20 rehearsal spaces and high-tech equipment (each workstation has approximately 15,000 euros worth of investment), students graduate highly employable.


Mac Labs
Mac Labs
Fabio Buemi, a music producer and lecturer at BIMM
Fabio Buemi, a music producer and lecturer at BIMM
Recording studio
Music student
Recording studio

We were fortunate to see performances by a number of student bands.


BIMM Berlin student band

BIMM Berlin's newest location is the Molecule Studios in the Alt-Treptow district.


Once home to AGFA (a photographic film company), activity related to visual creation dates all the way back to the late 19th century.


BIMM Berlin Molecule Studios
Screen and Film Faculty

Now completely renovated, this site trains future filmmakers, actors and game designers (about 100 students).


It's truly a creative hub, housing co-working spaces, recording studios and post-production suites.


Film studio
Film studio
Recording studio
Recording studio
Recording studio
Acting space
Acting space
Acting class
Acting class
Green Screen
Green Screen

Like other BIMM campuses, BIMM Berlin has exceptional staff who still work in industry.


For example, Mark Reeder is a well-known British musician and producer who shared his fascinating experiences spreading music underground throughout East Berlin during the Cold War.


Mark Reeder
Mark Reeder

Summary - BIMM University Berlin


Is there a more unique place than Berlin?


It is a place that truly captivated my soul with its rich history, diverse culture and dynamic atmosphere.


Constantly undergoing change and development, Berlin stands as a testament to the resilience of its people and commitment to creating a peaceful, inclusive community.


TV Tower

And for international students looking to break into the music, film or acting scene in Europe, BIMM University Berlin is an amazing option.


It's a close-knit community whose industry-facing lecturers leverage their professional experiences and connections to help nurture the next generation of talent.


Trained on state-of-the-art equipment, graduates are highly employable and ready to go from day one.


Brandenburg Gate by night

 

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