Music Performance - Guitar (Integrated Masters) at ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) - UCAS

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Course summary

Channel your inner performer. Become a world-class guitarist. The ACM Musicianship & Guitar Pathway entails all of the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in the contemporary music industry, and more! Several key areas that thread throughout the programme include, but are not limited to, technical performance excellence, modern improvisation and session skills, as well as musical directorship & cutting edge ensemble skills. Your guitar performance skills will develop holistically through applied theory and disciplined practical execution across all musical genres that fall within, or have contributed to contemporary popular music. Technology features highly within the programme, and students and ensembles are expected to embrace and develop with emerging and changing technologies. Technologies including digital software packages, online applications including real-time and async work, various hardware components and effects units, specialised equipment and audio interfaces, and computer-integrated performances as applied to live and (audio/visual) recording sessions. Key knowledge and skills that students develop across their studies include extensive fretboard and fingering systems, a controlled palette of dynamic and expressive playing, and applied advanced music theory and modern melodic, harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary. Extensive genre based musical settings, both contemporary and retro-fitted, allow the guitarist to discover and develop their unique sound and voice across all potential performance styles and settings, both as an ensemble player and featured soloist, showcasing their advanced musicianship and highly-tuned performance skills. The all encompassing ACM Musicianship & Guitar Pathway introduces, develops, inspires and launches student guitarists as specialised performance artistes and cutting-edge instrumental visionaries!


Our tripartite commitment to our students’ academic, professional and personal development is recognised in a brand new curriculum, specifically purposed to bridge the gap between what industry needs and what education has traditionally provided. ACM's pioneering Creative Industries Future programme framework treats our students as individuals. We build bespoke programmes of study for each of them, based on their own history and aspirations for the future, with over 100 different modules and numerous unique module combinations to choose from. On UCAS, we actively publish a certain number of career destinations that are commonly stated as aspirational by our applicants and desirable by our industry, advising you as to which module combinations you might want to consider in pursuit of those particular career goals. If you’d like to pursue something different, however, it’s also completely possible to build and personalise your own programmes, as you see fit. Of course, we also understand that not everybody has a specific career destination yet, and so for those of you who haven’t quite made up your mind, the first thing we ask you to think about and choose from is one of six broad study routes. These study routes are described as Musician, Creative Artist, Producer, Management & Entrepreneurship, Games Development and Live Production and Sound. Choosing a route will dictate a selection of route-specific modules that you will study. Further into your course, in addition to the route-specific modules, you can then select from a suite of zero-credit elective modules and credit-bearing elective modules as you start to formulate your ambitions for the future more clearly. We also believe that there are some things that every Creative professional needs to learn about and understand. Things such as copyright, who the main players in Industry are and how the various sectors of artist management, records, publishing and live are changing in an ever more digital world. That’s why our Creative Industries Futures qualification also includes a small number of mandatory modules that every student must engage with. Whether students choose to focus on music performance, songwriting, production, live sound and production, games development and business management, we pride ourselves on delivering an immersive creative industry education in which we match the highest quality of teaching and learning with an unparalleled student experience. With its students representing every corner of the field they one day hope to work in, ACM is a microcosm of the creative industry in which they really can work together and learn by doing. We’re interested in our students’ careers as much as their studies, dedicating an entire department to supporting their professional development and helping them take their first steps into the creative industry. ACM’s Industry Link team ,through regular networking events, work placements, performance and audition opportunities, students are able to showcase their knowledge and talent to music industry executives (from labels, publishers, management companies and more) and gain first-hand feedback from those in the know. The department connects students to a network of top-tier industry partners in the music and wider creative industries, and also offers regular tutorial and masterclass opportunities with visiting guests. ACM students also enjoy an access all areas pass to Europe’s largest recording complex, in which the likes of Queen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, and countless others have recorded, and some still record, today. This joining of educational and professional environments, where over 50% of the UK Music chart is recorded, mixed or mastered in an average year, has created a unique end-to-end proposition for those wanting to pursue a career in the music and wider creative industries, not to be found anywhere else in music education.

Assessment method

ACM uses real-world activity, learning and problem scenarios for all of its assessments. Our ethos is to embody learning-by-doing and students are therefore assessed through the demonstration of this learning by industry professionals who bring the latest knowledge, highest calibre of creativity and their entire experience into the classroom. Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are often given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. Showcasing work to industry is inbuilt into the assessment process thanks to our unique link with Metropolis Studios and students will receive feedback from industry experts, supporting their professional and career development in addition to their academia. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of our Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and video form, as well as written.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Successful completion of prior learning with a minimum of 180 Credits, and maximum of 240 Credits.

International applicants

Due to recent government changes, any students who do not hold UK citizenship must now have settlement status in order to study at ACM. This could be full settlement status or pre settlement status. For more information about eligibility, head to If you already have settlement status or citizenship, we will be able to progress but will need to have the documentation sent to us. If you think you will be eligible, let us know and we will be able to progress but you will not be able to start the course until confirmation has been provided. If you do not hold any of the above we can progress an application forwards as we are in the process of obtaining “Student Sponsorship licensing”. We hope to have this in place for September, however please be aware that this is subject to confirmation, Even with student sponsorship your place on the programme is subject to your successful visa application and any subsequent immigration laws and regulations that may apply.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £11100 Year 1
England £11100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100 Year 1
Scotland £11100 Year 1
Wales £11100 Year 1
Channel Islands £11100 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Where we identify passion and potential for a creative industries career and issue you with an offer of study, we promise that we’ll do all we can to make sure that our immersive education is affordable to you. With our accelerated study programmes, you'll graduate in 2 years, instead of the usual 3, saving £5,550 in tuition fees and a whole year's worth of living costs compared to those students opting to study on a traditional 3 year pathway. More information on matters relating to Student Finance can be obtained from our Student Finance team on 01483 500 800 or via email on [email protected] .
Music Performance - Guitar (Integrated Masters) at ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) - UCAS