Frequently Asked Questions

When will Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg open?

We are delighted to be opening Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg, our first school in Africa, in February 2020. Applications for our programme are already open now, you can apply via our application portal.

Where will the new school be located?

We’re opening our specialist music production school at an existing and well-established studio; Mastermax Studios in Midrand. Mastermax has been home to many high profile recordings over the years, with artists such as One Republic, Zahara, Westlife, Khuli Chana, Jaziel Brothers, Busi Mhlongo, Joyous Celebration, Jennifer Hudson, Wouter Kellerman, Lebo M, and Johnny Clegg, having recorded there, as well as scores and score elements for the The Lion King, The Legend of Tarzan, Blended, Intonga, Material, The Roar and Liefling.

Can I visit the school before it opens?

The studio complex is currently being developed to add teaching spaces and additional mix/writing rooms ready for our first group of students to join in 2020. We will host tours and workshops at the new school in the coming months for you to see the studios and get a feel for the studios and location. We’ll be sharing updaes on our blog about the development of the studio and new school, and why not contact us to join our mailing list and keep upto date with the latest news.

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

Our Advanced Programme in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive, full-time programme. You will have a daily timetable of lectures with our core team as well as weekly lectures with industry experts.

The Institute is open 7 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 Johannesburg. This means you can be working and recording during the evenings and weekends in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops.


What is the relationship with Abbey Road Studios and can I access the studios?

Abbey Road Institute is the educational initiative born out of the expertise and skills developed at Abbey Road Studios in London over the past 85 years. The curriculum we teach in Johannesburg and at all of our schools has been developed with the team at Abbey Road, our experienced academics and our industry network. The course is designed to put you in the best position to enter the music industry with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make an impact.

Students from Johannesburg and all of our Institutes worldwide are invited to graduate at Abbey Road Studios for our Global Graduation Ceremony which takes place once a year.


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

Our programme 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.

How do I apply for the Advanced Programme?

The application process for our programme is straightforward. You can apply online via our application portal here –  APPLY NOW.

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 South Africa we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country and not able to travel to South Africa 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.

The minimum age requirement to take our course is 18.

When do I apply for the Advanced Programme?

We encourage you to start your application as soon as possible for our first course starting in February 2020. This will give you time to fully prepare your application and to be interviewed. Our class sizes are small with a maximum of 25 spaces available in each class. The course is in demand in advance of the application deadline and start date, so we recommend you complete and submit your application as soon as you are able to.

We hold interviews on a rolling basis up until the course is full or until the month before the course is due to start. We may consider earlier or later applications depending on availability.

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY APPLICATION FOR THE ADVANCED PROGRAMME?

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 (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 cover 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.

WHAT ARE THE FEES AND PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?

ADVANCED PROGRAMME FEES

Total Course Fee: R243500.00
(Tuition fee of R240000.00 and R3500.00 registration fee)

PAYMENT PLANS

We offer two different payment plans, depending on whether you prefer to pay in full upfront or spread the cost of the fees throughout your studies. You will benefit from a reduced fee if you pay the cost in full before the start of the course.

Payment Plan A (Initial Deposit + Balance in 12 Monthly instalments):
Registration fee R3500.00*
Course Deposit R108000.00
Monthly tuition fee instalments of R11000.00 (x12) = R132000.00
Total Course fee R243500.00

Payment Plan B (Full fee paid up-front):
Registration fee R3500.00*
Tuition fee R220000.00
Total Course fee R223500.00

*If your application is unsuccessful we will refund your registration fee in full. If your application is accepted but and you are invited for an interview but after your interview, your application is rejected we will refund your registration fee minus an R1500.00 administration fee. To pay your registration fee please use our bank details which can be found here.

Global Graduation at Abbey Road Studios

On successful completion of the course, all graduates are invited to graduate at Abbey Road Studios in London. Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg, through sponsorship from Mastermax Productions, will pay for the flights and 3 nights accommodation in London for all graduating students.  (Students are responsible for their own visa applications and associated costs.)

WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP PAY FOR YOUR STUDIES?

Our Advanced Programme is not eligible for the South African National Student Financial Aid Scheme (tuition fees or maintenance loans available from the government).

 

We have five partial bursaries per class of students for those that meet specific criteria.

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

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, Lecturer

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