This site requires Javascript. Please enable Javascript in your browser for this site.

Academy of Contemporary Music

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1997
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Music School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Bridge Street, Guildford, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441483500800
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Academy of Contemporary Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music was the brainchild of guitar tutor Phil Brookes. In the 2000s, the academy partnered with three educational establishments for awarding qualifications. These are Guildford College which grants BTEC/Edexcel awards for the lower discipline, Middlesex University and the University of Surrey. The latter validates the Certificate in Higher Education for the intermediate discipline, award degrees at BA (Hons) and BMus (Hons) through to an MA (Masters) in contemporary music in partnership with ACM.

Academic Highlights

All ACM students have access to the Student Services Canvas module. You can find information on what Student Services do, who we are, how to contact us as well as information on external support agencies that support a range of issues including mental health, emotional wellbeing, eating disorders, substance misuse, staying safe, sexual health and bereavement.

Life in Academy of Contemporary Music

Students who are studying at degree level at ACM who have a support need are encouraged to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). The application process can be done online; more information is available at Additional support in completing this application can be provided through the Education Guidance Team.

To show that you qualify for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) you will need to provide evidence that you have a disability, medical condition, sensory impairment, physical disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) which affects your ability to study. This evidence will need to be sent with an application to an appropriate funding provider. In this case, it will be Student Finance England (SFE).

Confirmation of whether your application is successful will be received within 6 weeks. It can take up to 14 weeks to get your DSA support in place as this is done separately.

School Ranking


Completing the Online Form

ACM is glad that you’re considering studying a Diploma course with us.

The application form represents Step One of the application process for students wishing to join at the beginning of a new academic year (usually September), and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

The form requires you to provide ACM with the following details:

Your Personal Details E.g. Name and contact details

More About You E.g. more information about your background

You and Music / Education E.g. details about your current and previous

education / qualifications

Tips for Completing the Form

Be sure about which course ACM Diploma course you’d like to apply

for – if you’re not sure then take some time to read the course pages or download the ACM Prospectus.

Read through the entire form and make sure you understand all the questions and requirements.

Make sure you have all the information you might need to hand before you start to fill in the form.

Please ensure you complete all parts of the form to ensure ACM can accurately process your application.

Before submitting your form, be sure to read through and check all your answers to ensure your spelling & grammar is correct, and that you are submitting the correct information to ACM.

Notable Alumni

Newton Faulkner, guitarist/singer/songwriter whose album Hand Built By Robots went to number one in the UK Album Charts. Amelle Berrabah, member of girl group The Sugababes. Ben King, lead guitarist with The Yardbirds. Guy Davis, of rock group Reuben.

Acceptance Rate

 20% acceptance rate

Other Campuses
    • 16 Bromell?s Road, London, England, United Kingdom
    • 3 Lionel Street, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom



No records.

People who this school

None as of the moment.