FAQ

General

Programs start in January, May and September. You can see exact start dates here.

Studios can be booked with the Nimbus points system known as ‘Nimbucks’. Nimbucks are awarded to you after each 4 hour class you attend. Studio sessions are 12 hours long so you can have the time needed to record and experiment. Similar to the industry, larger studios require more Nimbucks, while smaller studios require fewer. You can reserve a studio up to 40 days in advance. Because our studios are our classrooms, we remain open 24/7 so you can use to studios outside of scheduled class times. Studios are also available 24 hours over the weekends!

There are 3 class times available: mornings from 9am-1pm, afternoons from 1pm-5pm, and evenings from 5pm-9pm. You can select your preferred time on your application but specific class times are subject to availability. Keep in mind that you’ll be attending class at the same time every day!

The average Nimbus student spends between 30-60 hours per week between attending classes and studio sessions, along with completing projects and assignments. Working part-time is possible but not highly recommended. If you do decide to work part-time, ensure that your job is extremely flexible and no more than 10-20 hours per week in order to get the most out of your time at Nimbus.

Classes are filling up all the time! If you are interested in Nimbus we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Covid-19

Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This website contains useful FAQs and resources for Nimbus School of Recording & Media (Nimbus) staff and students. It’s being updated regularly following advice from provincial and federal health agencies.

Within British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. Nimbus continues to take direction from the BC Provincial Government as we plan and consider next steps.

We encourage you to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information on:

  • Self-isolating and self-monitoring
  • What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19
  • How to self-isolate if you live with others
  • How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • What to do if you’re returning from travel outside of Canada

 

The Government of Canada also has an information line that you can call at 1 833 784 4397 to get answers to general questions about COVID-19.

The advice from health agencies is:

Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.

If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.

When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.

Stay home when you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you should stay home. to avoid spreading the illness to others.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the BC Centre for Disease Control website under Symptoms.

When it comes to self-monitoring and self-isolating, we recommend following advice of local health authorities. Visit the Self-Isolation section on BC Centre for Disease Control website for the most up to date information on this subject.

The BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool, to help determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is recommended.

We recommend that you visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the most up to date information about what to do if you’re sick. The site includes a link to the BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool that you can use to help determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Nimbus’ management team is working to develop plans and responses to the evolving situation. We regularly review the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health recommendations on how to detect and mitigate any potential cases on our campuses. We have appropriate measures in place, in the event that we are presented with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

To lower the risk from our campus environment:

Routine cleaning is scheduled daily and follows industry cleaning standards laid out by the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), which are a blended approach designed to manage risk. Our cleaning standards comply with APPA’s best practices.

We have posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections and continue to monitor and refill our current hand sanitizer stations located in the main entrances and outside of classrooms/studios.

We are encouraging all campus users to follow the best practices in self-care being shared by the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Nimbus is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Nimbus will be distributing non-medical masks to all students and staff prior to resuming on campus classes. We ask the community to be respectful of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear masks.

Teaching & Learning

We recognize that the recent transition to online learning has been challenging. Our intention is to provide an opportunity, wherever possible, for students to return to on-campus classes when it is safe and acceptable to do so.  Nimbus management is already working on plans to resume on-campus learning in the near future but this transition will be based on recommendations made by the provincial government and specifically by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).

There is rarely a one-size-fits-all solution to academic assessment and associated regulations, but various options to make changes do exist. Decisions around academic regulations and variances to them (concessions) are being adhered to under the direction of the Private Training Institutes Branch (PTIB). Students are advised to contact Nimbus management with any questions.

All in-person programs and events are now available in an online live format. Nimbus transitioned to an online delivery model as of March 16, 2020 and is working diligently in planning a safe return to campus in a hybrid in-person and online model when it’s safe to do so. This will include live-streamed interactive lectures, and incorporation of various messaging tools to make sure you experience going through your program with a cohort full of motivated music-loving peers.

At this time, students do have limited access to our campuses. We are significantly limiting the number of people accessing studios and have implemented a rigorous APPA cleaning schedule, along with a significant set of personal cleaning and physical distancing measures.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at info@nimbusrecording.com.

We will continue to process applications with staff working remotely and continue to respond to emails and phone calls. For more information please contact info@nimbusrecording.com or your Admissions Advisor.

In general, the admission process takes these 3 steps:

  1. Apply online: Complete our online application, where you’ll introduce yourself and give us an overview of your background. This includes your education, experience, and the other important details that will help us get to know you.
  2. Admissions Interview: Once we receive your application, our Admissions team will review your experience, education, and work background. Our team will get in touch promptly and will invite you for an online interview.
  3. Final Review: Your application will undergo a final review and our Admissions team will contact you with the results!

Although we have suspended any in-person campus visits temporarily, we expect that we’ll be able to provide in-person tours in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, contact us at info@nimbusrecording.com to chat with an Admissions Advisor, get your questions answered, and get started on the Admissions process.

You can explore our financing options here:

https://nimbusrecording.com/admissions/finances/

It is important to mention that you can also apply for a bursary even if you receive financing through other means like grants and/or loans. Submit your application to your program of choice, and you’ll receive a call to discuss the necessary information for our bursary program.

Health & well-being

Students can refer to their student handbook for an extensive list of mental health and other medical resources available to them. 

Nimbus partners with Rhodes Wellness College to provide a full array of counselling services are provided on a complimentary or reduced basis.

Nimbus students can access any type of counselling assistance they need by: EMAILING: counsellingcentre@rhodescollege.ca

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

https://here2talk.ca/home

Nimbus Facilities & Services

Student services are available from 8:30am – 5 :00pm, Monday – Friday via phone or email.

P. 604-875-8998
E. community@nimbusrecording.com

Nimbus studios are available 24/7 for qualifying students. There is a rigorous cleaning schedule between sessions and physical distancing measures, hand washing/sanitizing measures must be followed by students using studios. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed on campus.

Routine cleaning is scheduled daily and follows industry cleaning standards laid out by the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), which are a blended approach designed to manage risk. Our cleaning standards comply with APPA’s best practices. This includes cleaning between studio sessions.

Events & Graduation Ceremonies

Spring graduation ceremonies have been postponed until it has been deemed safe by the PHO to gather in groups larger than 50.

All in-person events are all temporarily postponed until it has been deemed safe to gather in groups larger than 50.

Travel

If you are returning to Canada, you must self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for a minimum of 14 days.

CLASSES START AUGUST 31, 2020

Questions? Give us a call at +1-604-875-8998 or apply now and we'll be in touch to give you more information.