Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE WEEK LOOK LIKE AT ABBEY ROAD INSTITUTE?

The most frequently asked question about the Advanced Diploma in Music Industry is how intensive is it? The answer is: be prepared to spend a lot of time working on music!.  As a Full-Time student, you will have a daily timetable of lectures with our core team as well as regular lectures and master-classes with industry experts.

 

The Institute is open six 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.

 

Can I work and study at the same time?

Yes, but unless you are one of those people that thrive on burning the candle at both ends – and quite a few do – we recommend enroling in our Flexible Study pathway. Flexible study students attend classes with Full-Time cohorts but have a reduced module load meaning they only need to be on campus one or two days a week.


WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP WITH ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS?

Abbey Road Institute is an exciting new educational initiative born out of the expertise and skills developed at the Studios over the past 80 years.  The curriculum has been developed by the industry, for the industry, and will position you to enter the industry with the skills, knowledge, and network you need to succeed. 

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WHO STUDIES ON THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA? IS THE COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?

Our advanced diploma is an accredited, registered training program, which will give you the knowledge, skills, and access to the professional networks needed to drive you forward in the audio production and music industry. We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds and musical interests. You will need to demonstrate the required level of musical literacy as detailed in our entry requirements.  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.

 

 

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 and succeed.  So that we can assess your suitability for study and offer you an interview, you will need to supply us the following documents:

  • A Music Portfolio (Ideally four productions in which highlight your skills as either a performer, producer, programmer, engineer, songwriter 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 to gauge your level of music comprehension and experience.
  • Copies of previous 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 you play, what level of music comprehension you have.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae demonstrating your work and/or educational background
  • Copy of photographic ID, this is usually a scan of your passport or drivers license.
  • NOTE: If you do not meet any of the above criteria please contact the Institute for more information on Alternate Entry


HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA?

The application process for the Advanced Diploma is straightforward. You can start via our online application portal here. You will need to complete all of the necessary questions and may upload supporting documents.


All applicants will be required to attend an interview with one of our engagement staff. If you are applying from out of state or a regional location, we can interview you on Skype or a similar platform.

We will notify you 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 three intakes per year, which start in February, June, and October.  You can apply to any intake depending on which date 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. Demand can be high and competition for available spaces is common, so we recommend applying as soon as you are ready.

We usually hold interview between two to four weeks before the course starts, but will also consider earlier and later applications depending upon availability.


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.

Full Fees paid 

Total fee payable: $20,000
Registration fee: $500
Course fee: $19,500

Trimester installments (x3): $6,500

Extended Payment Terms. (Example payment structure).

Total fee payable: $20,000

Registration fee: $500

Initial upfront payment: $3,900

Monthly instalments (x12): $812
Remaining graduation fee: $5,856

*Terms and conditions apply for Extended Payment Terms. Please check your eligibility by contacting us at melbourne@abbeyroadinstitute.com.

 

Abbey Road Institute is also proud to partner with Study Loans an Australian lending group who specialise in offering student loans that cover up to 75% of all course fees.

 

 

I AM AN INTERNATIONAL 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 Australia. We expect that this will change in the future, so please feel free to let us know you are interested in coming to study from overseas and we will keep you up-to-date on our international student status.


Some foreign nationals already in Australia are able to undertake studies depending on their visa sub-class. For more information, you should speak to the Department of Home Affairs or one of our admissions team.

 

Do you have any other questions?

Sometimes you think you have a problem that no one can solve when it comes to returning to study or a new career. We are more than to happy to help with whatever you need, so contact us at any time to chat to one of our team.

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Education is more than a lecture. It is decades of experience from all corners of the globe brought together into a community of dedicated and passionate individuals joined together in journey to push the limits of creativity. This is what we aspire to every day at Abbey Road.

Paul Ledingham, CEO

Studying the past year at Abbey Road has been phenomenal. The teaching staff are top notch and I now have a community of people to draw on who are as obsessed with music as me.  

Emily Toner, Graduate

Abbey Road Institute gives students the head-start they need to succeed in today's industry.  The facilities at Melbourne are second to none and it’s great to see students grow and be rewarded for their efforts.

Paul Edwards, Academic Manager

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate

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.

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