Entry Requirements

Applying for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. If you have passion for music and how it’s produced, and meet the entry requirements listed below then we want to hear from you!

Your application is your opportunity to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements necessary to study on the course. So that we can assess your suitability for the course and offer you an interview you will need to include the following documents:

  • A Music Portfolio (4 productions in which you demonstrate different roles, such as performer, producer, engineer, writer etc). Please label the portfolio or submit further documentation to explain your role in each production. The tracks need to be submitted in MP3 format in order to be accepted. If you don’t have 4 yet please submit what you can.  We do not expect to receive high quality productions but are simply looking for evidence that you have been attempting to create and produce music for a period of time.  
  • Academic qualifications.
  • Music qualifications – if you don’t have a formal music qualification please state your level of music knowledge and experience in your covering letter.
  • A cover letter. This is where you can explain your motivation to study, career goals and provide further explanation about your background (recordings, composing, performances etc). You should also explain your musical abilities, eg. which instrument (s) you play, what music theory experience you have and give an indication of your level. 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) – allowances will be made for applicants with relating “real-world” experience.
  • Copy of photographic ID, this is usually a scan of your passport or ID card from your home country. For passports please provide a scan of the front cover and photo page.
  • £450 registration fee (to make the payment go to Abbey Road Institute Bank Details).

(All documentation for your application needs to be submitted in PDF format.)

To be accepted onto a course at Abbey Road Institute London, you must be able to demonstrate an effective command of the English language. While it is not an entry requirement, submitting an English language qualifications (e.g. IELTS) will strengthen your application.

Any Questions?

If you’d like to apply but are unsure if you meet the requirements please get in touch for an initial consultation with one of our course advisers. You may also wish to consider attending one of our forthcoming Open Days where you will be able to meet the team and find out how Abbey Road Institute can help you to build a rewarding career working with sound.

International Students (Tier-4)

Unfortunately at present students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are unable to obtain a Tier-4 visa to study at Abbey Road Institute in London. To apply to study with us you must hold a valid EEA passport. The EEA includes European Union (EU) countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

In some circumstances, you may be eligible for a Tier-5 “Youth Mobility Visa”. You can apply for this visa if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan. Please visit the UK government website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

Now for the good news – We are working towards becoming a Tier-4 licensed sponsor in 2018. If you are from outside the EEA we encourage you to start an application to study with us in 2019.  If you would like to take a course this year you may wish to get in touch with our Institute’s in Paris and Amsterdam as you may also be eligible to study at one of their campuses.

Abbey Road Institute has really opened up a lot of doors. I started to think outside of the box while I was studying there.

Andrew Glen, 2017 Graduate

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