Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering is available as an intensive, full time program. You will have a daily timetable of lectures and practical work (5 days/week).

During the given time we encourage you to use the studios and equipment as much as possible to make the most of your time at Abbey Road. This means you can be working and recording during the opening hours in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops.

 

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 (2-4 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.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA?

The application process for our diploma is straightforward. You can apply online via our application portal.

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 form to be considered.

We interview all applicants that meet the entry requirements. If you are in Berlin or Frankfurt we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country in Europe and not able to travel to the Berlin or Frankfurt we can interview you on Skype or a similar 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.

WHEN DO I APPLY FOR THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA?

There are two intakes per year, which start in March and September. You can apply to either intake depending on which dates 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 courses are small with a maximum of 20 spaces available for each intake and are in demand well in advance, so we recommend applying as soon as you are ready.

We usually hold interviews between 4-8 weeks before the course starts, but will also consider earlier and later applications depending on availability.

 

 

Who studies on the Advanced Diploma? Is the course right for me?

Our diploma is an industry standard, professional training course, which will give you the knowledge, skills and access to professional networks that will help you progress in audio production and music industry. We encourage applications from students from all different backgrounds and musical interest. 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.

 

I am an international (non-EU) student, can I apply to Abbey Road Institute?

Unfortunately Abbey Road Institute is not currently able to sponsor visas for international students. You will only be able to study with us if you do not need a study Visa to study in the EU.

If you have dual nationality and hold an EU passport you can apply to study at Abbey Road Institute.

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

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