Frequently Asked Questions

What does an average week look like at Abbey Road Institute?

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive, full-time programme. You will have a daily timetable of lectures with our core team as well as weekly lectures with industry experts. Classes usually take place Monday to Thursday with Friday’s dedicated to workshops, masterclasses and other complimentary classes.

Our Advanced Diploma in Audio Post Production for Film and TV is a part-time course which is taught two days a week to allow you to work and study side by side. You will typically be in class for two afternoons per week and also have access to our facilities outside of your timetabled lectures.

The campus is open 7 days a week, and we encourage you to use the studios and equipment as much as possible to make the most of your time at Abbey Road Institute. This means you can be working and recording during the evenings and weekends in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops. If you’re looking for more information on how we’re responding to COVID- 19, please visit our dedicated page.


What is the relationship with Abbey Road Studios and can I access the studios?

Abbey Road Institute is an educational initiative born out of the expertise and skills developed at Abbey Road Studios over the past 90 years. The school, our ethos and our approach to delivering the highest quality of education have been created through a partnership between the worlds most famous recording studio and Universal Music Group. Being part of the Abbey Road and Universal Music Group family means that we have a close relationship with the Studio which leads to collaborations and opportunities for our students that aren’t available anywhere else.

In 2021 our London Institute expanded and move into and reopened Angel Recording Studios in Islington. The expansion is a historical one for both Abbey Road Studios and Abbey Road Institute. Angel Studios will provide both teaching spaces for our students and also commercial studio space for recording. It’s the first time in the history of Abbey Road that it has expanded beyond its footprint in St John’s Wood.

Alongside our new campus, we also maintain our dedicated professional studio on-site at Abbey Road. The move to Angel means that our students split their time between two professional recording studios – Angel and Abbey Road. We organise regular recording sessions and workshops in the main commercial Abbey Road Studios as well as masterclasses, events and other opportunities for collaboration and access to the music industry.


Who studies on the Advanced Diploma in music production and sound engineering? Is the course right for me?

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an industry-standard, professional training course, which gives you the knowledge, skills and access to professional networks that will help you progress in audio production and the music industry. We encourage applications from students from all different backgrounds and musical interests. You will need to demonstrate the required level of skills as detailed in the entry requirements, but we’re not looking for students interested in any specific ‘type’ of music or genre. The course is intensive and we encourage you to apply if you are passionate about the subject, driven to work hard and want to immerse yourself in a dynamic, professional studio environment. 

 

How do I apply for one of the Advanced Diplomas?

The application process for our Advanced Diplomas is straightforward and the process is the same for both courses. You can apply online via our application portal here –  APPLY NOW.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements and upload copies of your qualifications and your music portfolio. If you do not have copies of your qualifications or are waiting for your results, you may still submit your application to be reviewed by our admissions team.

We interview all applicants that meet the entry requirements. If you are in the UK we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country in Europe or further afield and are not able to travel to the UK we can interview you on Skype or another online platform.

We will notify you of the outcome of your application within a few days of your interview. If you have any questions or need any support with the online application process please contact our Admissions team who will be very happy to help.

The minimum age requirement to join any of our courses is 18.

 

When do I apply for the Advanced Diploma?

There are three intakes per year for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering; which start in February, June and October. There are two intakes per year for our Advanced Diploma in Audio Post Production for Film and TV, November and June. You can apply to the intake start date that suits you best. We advise you to start your application as early as possible to give yourself time to fully prepare your application and interview. Our class sizes are small with a maximum of 24 spaces available for each intake. The course is in demand in advance of the application deadline and start date, so we recommend applying as soon as you are able to.

We hold interviews on a rolling basis up until the course is full or until the month before the course is due to start. We may consider earlier or later applications depending on availability.

 

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY APPLICATION FOR THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA?

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. 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 – 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.

 

What are the payment and funding options available?

We offer different payment options to support you in being able to fund your studies with us. You can choose to spread the payment throughout your time at Abbey Road Institute or you can pay the full amount upfront and benefit from a reduced fee. These are the fees and payment plans for our two Advanced Diplomas:

Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering
Fees and payment plans for 2021
Payment Plan A (12 Monthly instalments):
Registration fee £450*
Monthly tuition fee instalments of £1,285 (x12) = £15,420
Total Course fee £15,870

Payment Plan B (Full fee paid up-front):
Registration fee £450*
Tuition fee £14,445
Total Course fee £14,895

Advanced Diploma in Audio Post Production for Film and TV
Fees and payment plans for 2021/2022
Payment Plan A (5 Monthly instalments):
Registration fee £450*
Monthly tuition fee instalments of £1,500 (x5) = £7,500
Total Course fee £7,950

Payment Plan B (Full fee paid up-front):
Registration fee £450*
Tuition fee £7,100
Total Course fee £7,550

*If you are not selected for an interview your registration fee will be refunded in full. If your application is unsuccessful after your interview we will refund your registration fee minus a £100 administration fee.

 

WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP PAY FOR YOUR STUDIES?

The Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering and the Advanced Diploma in Audio Post Production for Film and TV which we offer at Abbey Road Institute London are different to the degree programmes that you would take at university. For this reason, our courses are not eligible for student loans from the government.
 
We do offer payment plans to help you spread the cost of the course whilst you study with us. You can find more information here on our fees page.
 
It may be that you could be eligible for funding from other organisations, this is usually based on your personal circumstances so you can research and see what might be available for you. There’s is a useful search tool here on the Turn2Us website where you can fill in your personal details to find out if there are grants you could be eligible for. https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk
 
There’s also lots of useful guidance on the Money Saving Expert website on possible funding options which you can have a look at here – https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/grants-education/

 

I’m applying from outside of the UK as a European or International Applicant. What happens after Brexit?

Whether or not you are able to apply to study with us will depend on both your nationality on your passport and also which course you are looking to study with us.

Courses lasting less than 6 months

If you would like to study on a course that is less than 6 months long such as our Advanced Diploma in Audio Post Production for Film and TV, Music Theory Fundamentals for Producers or the Song Production Masterclass, please visit the course page for more guidance on how to apply.

Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is a one year/12-month course. The UK government requires students who are not from the UK and who wish to study on a course of this length to hold a Visa. Please read the different scenarios below for further information which will depend on your nationality and personal circumstances.

Information for European and International applicants after Brexit (from 1st January 2021 onwards)

Following recent UK government announcements about Brexit, we have updated our guidance for both European and International (from outside of Europe) applicants who want to study at Abbey Road Institute London. From the 1st of January 2021 if you are from Europe and are applying to study in the UK you will need to apply for a visa unless you are already living in the UK and have registered with the EU Settlement Scheme. The guidance below will help you understand what your options are based on your personal circumstances.

I am a European citizen (have a European passport) and I’m already living in the UK. Can I apply for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in 2021?

If you are living in the UK before midnight on the 31st of December and register on the EU settlement scheme you can apply to join our one-year Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. You will also need to register for the EU settlement scheme before the 30th of June 2021. If you meet these criteria you will not need to apply for a Visa to study with us. 

I am a European citizen living outside of the UK. Can I apply for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in 2021?

If you are a European citizen living outside of the UK and are applying to study with us after the 31st December 2020 you will need a Visa to join our one-year Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. We don’t currently hold a license to sponsor Visas for students from outside of the UK, but we are busy working on this and hope to secure a license by the end of 2021 so that you can apply to study with us in 2022. As soon as we have our license in place we will update you here on our website, via email and newsletter and our social media channels. Once the license is in place we will be able to support you with your Visa application.

I am an international applicant (from outside of Europe). What do the changes mean for me, can I now study at Abbey Road Institute London?

Due to current UK government Visa guidelines, most International students are not yet able to study at Abbey Road Institute London, but you will in the future. We don’t currently hold a license to sponsor Visas for students from outside of the UK, but we are busy working on this and hope to secure a license by the end of 2021 so that you can apply to study with us in 2022. As soon as we have our license in place we will update you here on our website, via email and newsletter and our social media channels. Once the license is in place we will be able to support you with your Visa application.

Youth Mobility Scheme for International Applicants (Tier 5)

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. For further information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (Tier 5) page on the UK government website.

Graduate Visa

A Graduate Visa gives you permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK. If you have already been studying in the UK you may be eligible to apply for a Graduate Visa to study with us. You will need to meet the requirements below and also check that the course you have been studying is eligible on the UK Government website. You can apply for the Graduate Visa if the following apply to you:

  • You are in the UK
  • Your current visa is a Student Visa or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
  • You studied a UK bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or another eligible course for a minimum period of time with your Student Visa or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
  • You have successfully completed that course

Please visit the UK Government website for detailed information on the Graduate Visa, to check your eligibility and for guidance on how to apply.

I want to study on the advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering but I’m looking for a degree, what options are available to me?

We have partnered with the University of West London and have now set up a progression route from our Advanced Diploma. This means that once you have successfully completed your studies with us you can apply to join the second year of one of the following degree courses at UWL:
1. BA (HONS) Recording Mixing and Production (UC – 37WW)
2. BA (HONS) Music Technology (UC W351)
3. BA (HONS) Electronic Music Production (UC – 383W)

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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