How do I enrol?
For full-time courses - you should make an application, which may be direct to the ICMP, or via UCAS. You will then be invited to attend an audition, which are free-of-charge. You will then be offered a course suited to your level and needs. Upon acceptance of your offer, you will need to pay full course fees at least one month before the course starts. Late enrolments are up to the discretion of our Admissions Team and students that have not paid their course fees may not be able to start their course.
what is an audition?
An audition is the ICMP’s way to check what level your playing/singing is at and what course would best suit your talent and personal objectives. Auditions take place at the ICMP’s facilities in London with a member of our teaching faculty and they should take around an hour. Online and Video assessments can also be arranged for non-UK students.
How will I afford the tuition fees?
As an independent provider, ICMP is able to pass on cost savings generated from an extremely efficient form of delivery to our students. Our degree courses offer amazing value, as students are able to access education and training of the highest quality at a fee level significantly below almost every other UK University. Students can also borrow fees from Student Finance like all other university students in the UK.
How much do courses cost at ICMP?
This depends on the course or class you are taking - view our course fees. For further information please contact our Admissions team on 020 7328 0222 or visit our fees page for full details of course costs, payment terms and funding options.
Will I be good enough to apply for a place at ICMP? Is the standard very high?
There is nothing to worry about. While we hold auditions for many of our students, this is to ensure that they're allocated to the correct level to optimise their learning. ICMP is a very friendly place, and staff and fellow students are all extremely supportive. We understand that everyone has to begin somewhere; our staff are trained for this purpose, and we exist to help you become a better player, singer, songwriter or producer. While our courses aim to challenge you, you will not be placed on any course that is beyond your potential and abilities.
How much time will I spend studying?
This varies from course to course, you will find full details relating to this question on each course page of our website. However, we take your education extremely seriously and generally offer more contact teaching and/or guided learning hours than any other UK music school.
How many students are there in a class?
Here at the ICMP we generally aim for no more than 12-15 students per tutor for most classes. For some modes of delivery, and where the student learning experience is not affected (lectures, for example), class numbers may be higher.
Where will I be taught?
All classes take place at our campus in Kilburn, North-West London. In 2018 we opened our new building, which was completely re-modelled and designed specifically for the future of music education. Final year students, and Masters students, will study part of their course at Tileyard Studios. Read more about our collaboration with Tileyard here.
I am an international student. Does this affect my enrolment?
International students are welcome at ICMP, and are generally subject to the same audition and enrolment process as domestic students. Any students from outside the EU who require a student visa to study in the UK are required to supply all necessary documentation and pay full course fees before ICMP will act as a sponsor for their visa application.
ICMP has a ‘Tier 4 Sponsor’ license number and is registered with UK Visas and Immigration. Students must ensure they have a valid visa for study, and will be required to provide a copy of this visa upon arrival at ICMP. Should a student from outside the EU not arrive for the start of their course, or should their attendance fall below the threshold set out by the UKVI, ICMP will inform the UKVI and pass on any relevant student details.
I need a Visa to study in the UK. Can I work whilst studying in the UK? What about unpaid gigs?
As we are a Private Educational provider, no student at any level can work in the UK. If your visa states that you can work, this must be reported to us immediately. Failure to do so will have severe consequences. You are also not eligible to provide paid or unpaid services as an entertainer whilst you are studying in the UK on Tier 4 Student Visa
WHAT ABOUT BREXIT?
The Government has now confirmed the funding arrangements for EU students for both 2019/20. EU nationals wishing to study from Academic Year 2019/20 will continue to be eligible to apply for student undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support as well as Research Council PhD studentships. To find out all about Brexit implications and what it means for European and International students, please visit this page.
Is financial aid available?
There are options available to students for financial support depending upon the choice of course and the student’s own circumstances. Students should contact the ICMP’s Admissions team directly to discuss their options.
Where will I live?
Since ICMP is an independent college, there is no directly available housing for students. However there is plenty of affordable housing in the area and our students rarely have any problems finding flats or house shares locally. Our accommodation guide is regularly updated with useful contacts, tips and guidance on finding accommodation and it's available to everyone. Once a student has accepted their place on a course they will also have access to the ICMP student Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where they can both read and post notices to other students. We also organise Accommodation Events towards the start of a new academic year so students who are relocating can meet up, get to know each other and even visit some available properties. Get accommodation advice here.
Can I attend masterclasses?
Can ICMP help me find work after the course?
ICMP has an ever-growing network of music industry contacts, partners and associates. Although we can’t directly secure you a job - that’s always between a candidate and the potential employer - we try to present our students with as many opportunities as we can. With the support, guidance, advice and training we provide, together we can put you in the most advantageous, preferential position to start building your career in music.
For any more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 328 0222