Frequently Asked Questions

What does an average day look like at abbey road institute?

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering is available as an intensive, full time programme or as a part time programme. During the full time course, you will have a daily timetable of lectures of 5 days a week; during the part time course 2 / 3 days a week. This includes class with our core team as well as weekly lectures with industry experts.

The Institute is open 6 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 and the studios. This means you can be working and recording during the evenings and weekends in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops.


how do i apply for the advanced diploma?

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

You will need to complete all of the necessary questions and upload copies of the required documents 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 the Netherlands we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country and not able to travel to the Netherlands 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 Student Advisor who will be very happy to help.



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 or you can pay the full amount upfront and receive a discount on the course fees.

Full Time Course
Payment Plan A – Full fee paid up-front
Payment Plan B – Paid in 3-term instalments
Payment Plan C – Paid in 12-monthly instalments

Details about the fees and funding can be found here

Part Time Course
Payment Plan A – Full fee paid up-front
Payment Plan B – Paid in 3-term instalments

Payment Plan C – Paid in 24-monthly instalments

Details about the fees and funding can be found here

As the Advanced Diploma is not a 3 year degree programme, the course is not eligible for any kind of student loan. We are however an CRKBO-approved short vocational education: therefore, it is possible to deduct a part of the tuition fee as study costs of your income taxes. This means that the actual costs of the course can be significantly less, depending on the tax bracket you are in.


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 Netherlands, or if you already have a different kind of resident or working permit. However, we do our best to help international applicants from outside Europe with their visa arrangements!

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


What are your examination criteria and quality assurance measures?

We are very committed to providing excellent education quality. Please see the 3 documents which are an integral part of the course:
Education & Examination Regulations
Quality Assurance
Registration Form

It’s been a life-changing experience really. I came with the willingness and hunger to learn and I left with the awareness of being not only a better producer and engineer, but a better person/human being. Once you’ve learnt all the techy stuff, you realise how much more essential it is to learn the emotional and psychological part of the game and how to deal with artists. And that only comes with passion, hunger and dedication.

Marco Spaggiari, Amsterdam Graduate 2018

It’s insane how inspiring it is to put fifteen musicians of all genres and backgrounds in one class and work on your skills together. I mean, Abbey Road brought me a lot of knowledge, a great network and practical skills – that’s what I signed up for. But it also gave me a bloody great time, tons of fun and sort of a second family.

Rudy Mackay, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for this course, not only for the invaluable education but also for the good people at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, and everyone I’ve met along the year.

Kiko Medeiros, Amsterdam Graduate 2018

By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?

Janice Wong, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.

Théo Dorey, Amsterdam Graduate 2016

“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“

Stefan Roscovan, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.

Fabian Brummel, Amsterdam Graduate 2017