Entry Requirements

APPLYING FOR CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music.

If you have a passion for music, how it’s produced, and meet the entry requirements listed below then we want to hear from you! We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. 

The application process 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 submit the following:

  • 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. The tracks need to be submitted in MP3 format in order to be accepted. 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.
  • Your highest level/most recent academic qualifications.
  • Any music qualifications – we require applicants to have an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory. If you don’t have a formal music qualification please state your level of music knowledge and experience in your cover letter.
  • A cover letter. This is where you can explain your motivation to study, career goals and provide further explanation of 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. For passports please provide a scan of the front cover and photo page. The minimum age requirement to take a course at Abbey Road Institute Sydney is 18.
  • $500 registration fee (to make the payment go to Abbey Road Institute Bank Details).

If you’d like to apply but are unsure if you meet the requirements please get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk with you about your specific experience.

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Before I was at Abbey Road, it was easy to write a song, and get a singer. But the songwriting process doesn’t work like that. It was important to understand vocal production, writing, and music. It should all happen simultaneously.

Joel Robinson, Graduate

Abbey Road really helped me with the foundation of audio. It’s an overwhelming subject at first, but [the course] really breaks it down and really makes it digestible.

Charlotte Adelle, Graduate

The time I spent at Abbey Road Institute helped me transform my skills. I came from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional.

Phoenix Manson, Graduate

Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.

Alex Braithwaite, Graduate

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