Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering


Designed by industry for industry, our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering will push your career in music production or sound engineering to the next level. Our curriculum is founded upon nearly 90 years of experience at Abbey Road Studios. A studio that has developed innovative recording techniques and trained assistant engineers who have since become well-respected music producers and audio engineers and in their own right.

During our intensive, one-year programme you’ll learn from the extensive knowledge and expertise created at Abbey Road Studios. You’ll have access to industry-standard recording equipment and studios and be taught by experts including guest lectures with multi-award-winning professionals such as Andrew Scheps, Sylvia Massy, Bernard Butler, Olga FitzRoy, Daniel Boyle, Ricky Damian and many more. In the summer of 2021, we moved into our new home, the historic Angel Studios in Islington, near Kings Cross. When you train with us you become part of a global network in the music industry.

The diploma will develop you as a rounded professional, with technical skills, knowledge and expertise. You’ll be guided with a creative and informed approach to music production and audio engineering and a deep understanding of the music business and how it operates.


  • Utilise industry standard tools (including DAWs ProTools, Ableton, Logic as well as an extensive array of Plug-Ins and our outboard gear and Custom Neve 75) for creating, performing, recording, editing, mixing and mastering music
  • Develop and implement compositional and arrangement ideas for music productions
  • Work collaboratively as part of a creative team, maximising group-based projects and outcomes
  • Time manage music production projects
  • Solve problems through reflection and adaptation of knowledge
  • Understand the fundamentals of the music business, including marketing strategies and applications
  • Manage your professional career development.

Key Facts:

Duration: 12 months / 48 weeks tuition (2 week holiday in summer & 2 week holiday at Christmas)
Course Dates:
Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 26th May 2023
Monday 3rd October 2022 – Friday 1 October 2023
Monday 6th February 2023- Friday 9th February 2024
Application deadline 1 month before the start date (subject to availability)
Study Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering | NCFE customised qualification (level-5) | Avid Certified User: Pro Tools.
Course Leader: Carlos Lellis

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer