About the course

What you’ll learn

This course focuses on 3 key subject areas, which are then made up of individual specialist modules. The three subject areas are engineering, music production and business.

The Advanced Diploma is taught across an intensive one year period, which is divided into three terms. Throughout the three terms you will go deeper into each of these subject areas to so that you’re constantly building on your knowledge and skills.

Our Abbey Road heritage is important in giving context to today’s music industry. You’ll learn about the evolution of the studios and how innovation at Abbey Road helped drive the music industry forward. Alongside the history and theory the course puts a strong emphasis on learning technical skills, so you’ll spend time both in dedicated lectures and independently working with ProTools and Logic as well as Ableton Live.

We encourage all of our students to participate in the many practical opportunities that are available. These include a wide range of ensembles, recording sessions and performance/composition workshops. You’ll learn on industry standard equipment, including the latest Apple generation computers, Pro Tools and Logic professional studio software as well as a wide array of native plug-ins from our industry partners.

Through our broad range of industry professionals, from sound engineers to music producers, artists and music business professionals you’ll gain insights into the breadth of the recording industry and establish your personal career path.

We host regular recording sessions in Abbey Road Studios, with sessions throughout the year in Studios One, Two and Three. You can find out more about these masterclasses on our blog.

Progressive Continuous Learning

You’ll learn through our unique teaching method, Progressive Continuous Learning. The course is broken down into modules with short sessions which are linked together and delivered in a progressive logical manner, combining theory and practice. This is different from more traditional styles of teaching, where programmes are delivered in self-contained isolated modules. We’ve found this method really embeds the practical skills you will learn alongside the context and theory in a way that brings everything together and supports your learning.

You’ll be taught in an apprenticeship style, with practical hands-on lessons in all the modules, so you can develop a broad range of new skills, confidence and experience that you can take into the work place.

I believe the best way to innovate in the future is to learn from the past.

Noah Dayan, Current Student

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

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate 2016