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 a 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. Read the guidelines here and click on the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page to start your application.


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 (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 productions that you deem worthy yet please still 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.
  • €450 registration fee (to make the payment go to Abbey Road Institute Bank Details).

To be accepted onto a course at Abbey Road Institute in Berlin, you must be able to demonstrate an effective command of the English language. The course in Frankfurt is mostly conducted in German, though an intermediate knowledge of English might still be required for some lectures and materials.

Music Theory Prep Course

If you believe that your music theory skills are below our requested level, contact us to see if you might be suited for our Musik Theory Prep course.

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

Unfortunately, at present students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are unable to obtain a visa to study at Abbey Road Institute in Germany. To progress an application you must hold a valid EEA or Swiss passport. The EEA includes the European Union (EU) countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

In some circumstances, you may be eligible for “Working Holiday Visa”. You can apply for this visa if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and from the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel, Chile or Brazil. Please visit the German Federal Foreign Office website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

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Unser Motor ist die große Leidenschaft für die Musik. Wir wollen unseren Studenten diesen Enthusiasmus vorleben und an sie weitergeben

Ulli Schiller, Institutsleiter

Abbey Road Institute gives you an intensive and hands on education over 12 months. The studios are really well equipped and we had lots of studio time to let out our creativity and develop our skills.

Dirk Andre, Graduate 2018

I learned at Abbey Road Institute to give a voice or an instrument a personality. A signature sound is just the charm of a successful music production.

Lucy Pape, Graduate 2018

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