An audio course 80 years in the making. Learn from the masters.

The Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering was designed by the industry for the industry and includes a demanding engineering, music production and business curriculum. We have an apprenticeship approach to training where practical, ‘hands-on’ skills are developed and supported by the relevant theory delivered by industry professionals.

Using a unique teaching method called Progressive Continuous Learning (PCL), we break modules down into short subjects and deliver them in a progressive logical manner, combining theory and practice. This differs from more traditional styles of teaching where programmes are delivered via self-contained, isolated modules.

Our programme is based upon years of experience training our assistant engineers who have since become well respected sound engineers and producers in the industry. This approach ensures students leave us with a rounded view of the music industry and better equipped to thrive in the ever-evolving world of audio production.

Abbey Road Institute has dedicated studio facilities located within Abbey Road Studios. Our students have access to both our teaching and commercial studios during various stages of their programme whether attending the London campus or in our other locations.

Our programme is divided between three main areas: Audio Engineering and acoustics, management and music business, music theory and production and incorporates the vast technical and creative heritage of Abbey Road Studios to help you learn not just what equipment, techniques or microphones to use but why to use them. The subjects covered include:


  • Acoustics
  • Computers
  • Copyright and Legal issues
  • Digital Audio Technology
  • Electronics and Analogue Equipment
  • General Business 1: Publishing
  • General Business 2: Marketing
  • Management Skills
  • Mastering
  • Microphones
  • Mixing and Critical Listening
  • Music Theory and Production
  • Production
  • Recording
  • Sound Theory
  • Studio Equipment and Signal Processing
  • Studio Etiquette and Musicianship

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of the registration agreement and interview;
  • Minimum age of 18;
  • Completion of a minimum of four grade C - GCSEs or equivalent;
  • Music Theory Grade 1 (ABRSM) or equivalent knowledge;
  • Demonstrated competence in English (for applicants not from an English speaking country).

Assessment Method

Practical assessment:

  • Applied theory exercises;
  • Production project;
  • Studio workshops;
  • Final 'in-studio' examination.

Theoretical assessment:

  • Theoretical progress examinations are held at regular intervals over the duration of the programme;
  • Final theory exam.
Program taught in:
  • English
Abbey Road Institute
This course is Campus based
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12 months
12,550 GBP
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