Which Creative Industries University is Right for You?

06 Jan 2021

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The pandemic has given many of us time… lots of time… to evaluate our future ambitions and education prospects. I hear you ask, what makes ACM different from your average university? How do I get into the creative industries during such a turbulent time? Whether it’s Music Performance, Business, Songwriting, Production or Game Development that you’re interested in, sit tight and discover why ACM might be the right education provider for you to help kick-start your career within the Creative Industries.

Turn a Course into a Career

ACM Alumni Success Stories YouTube Playlist

93.8% of ACM Students were employed or in continuing education within 6 months of graduating from our HE courses.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Skunk Anansie scholarship Cyreez Lewis
The Skunk Anansie Scholarship Recipient, Ky Lewis

For the 2019/20 academic year, ACM had scholarships worth £130,000 combined to reward academic, technical, creative and/or entrepreneurial excellence. We also provided bursaries valued over £330,000 to students from low-income households and under-represented groups.

Alumni Network

We have over 13,000 alumni working all over the world in the music and wider creative industries, including the likes of Newton Faulkner, Kirsten Joy (Clean Bandit’s Live Vocalist), Matt Healy (1975’s Lead Vocalist) and Ted Dwane (Mumford & Sons’ Bassist).

Access to Industry

Metropolis VIP Digital Experience

Over 50% of the UK chart is mixed, mastered and/or recorded at ACM’s very own Metropolis Studios, where students can enjoy exclusive access and downtime. We also offer access to regular industry work placements, internships and work experience applications including Sony, Universal Music, CAA and Apple.

State of the Art Facilities

Discover our State of the Art Facilities

We make 135,000 hours available every year for the creative needs of our students. Bookings are free and accessible into the evenings and on weekends to ensure everything is at your disposal when inspiration strikes.

Awarding Excellence

ACM Wins at Independent Higher Education Awards 2019

ACM has received 4 Independent Higher Education Awards for providing the highest quality of personal and professional development to our students, including ‘Oustanding Support for Student Learning Experience’, ‘Industry Partnership of the Year’, ‘Technology in Learning’, and ‘Breakthrough Course: Innovation in Design o Delivery’.

One-to-one Learning


ACM provides almost 300 one-to-one academic and industry tutorial slots each week, covering a wide range of subjects. No matter which discipline you choose to study at ACM, you can access meeting opportunities with our entire teaching faculty.

Personalise your Studies

ACM’s Higher Education curriculum covers over 100 different subject areas, so you can flavour your studies according to your own ambitions. Our BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice covers routes for musicians, ‘creative artists’, producers, rappers and business entrepreneurs, alongside other Degrees in Game Development.

Industry Opportunities

ACM Industry Opportunities YouTube Playlist

More than 150 ACM students have taken part in festivals around Europe. Midem, The Brits, The Great Escape, BBC Introducing and MMF are just a few of the opportunities and partnerships we are proud to offer.

World-class Tutors

Over 550 staff members are available to guide and help you through your studies. Queen, Johnny Marr, Motörhead, Chase & Status, Stormzy, The Spice Girls and David Bowie are just a few credits that our dual professional tutors hold.

Your Journey Starts at ACM

If you’re under 19 and studying a Further Education course at ACM, your course may be free. Our level 2 and level 3 programmes allow you to study music now and keep your options open for the future. ACM Degree level programmes also allow you to apply for financial support for fees and living costs, which may cover your full fees depending on personal circumstances.

It’s All About You

Our small enough to care, big enough to make a difference mantra means that we want to know about you, your history and all of your ambitions for the future. We’ll help you build bespoke programmes of activity to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you one day want to be.

Did You Know?

ACM is made up of over 2,000 performers, producers, artists, developers and more across our three campuses in London, Guildford and Birmingham, representing every corner of the creative industries that they one day want to work in.

Digital Open Days

If you dream of achieving success in the creative industries, join us for our new Digital Open Day Experience. With Open Days over the coming weeks, we can’t wait to welcome you into the ACM community.

ACM Digital Open Day Experience