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Applying to BIMM

How to apply for a Diploma at BIMM

19th December 2018


Did you know, that in addition to our degree-level courses, our UK colleges also offer diplomas? The application process is a little different compared to our degree-level courses. Here’s a quick, step by step guide on how to apply along with details on fees and links to all our course options.

  • You can either contact us directly by phone on 0844 2 646 666 or email us at [email protected] to book an assessment. Alternatively, fill in an ‘apply now’ form and BIMM will contact you.
  • After applying, you can assess for performance courses in person, by Skype/video or by sending a demo. Further details on what to expect from an assessment can be found here.
  • If you are interested in Music Production or Events and Sound Production courses, it is also possible to assess by phone, provided a suitable portfolio is sent to us in advance. We can speak to you about this when you contact us.
  • Details on how to prepare will be sent to you once your assessment has been booked.

Course fees

Excluding London, our diploma-level courses are free of charge for UK and EU students aged 18 years and under (providing certain requirements have been met). This means younger applicants can gain a fully recognised and accredited music diploma from a quality assured institute without incurring any course fees!

Applicants above the age of 18 can find relevant course fees by clicking the appropriate link for their chosen campus below.

Let’s take a look at the different course options across our UK campuses.

BIMM Brighton

If you’re thinking of studying a diploma at BIMM Brighton, then you’ll have the pleasure of using one of BIMM’s newest facilities at BACA (The Brighton & Aldridge Community Academy), which features a dedicated live performance space with one of the largest live stages of any BIMM campus. You’ll also have access to ensemble spaces, rehearsal rooms, computer suites, study areas and more! Check out the course options below.

Artist Development Diploma (2 Years)

First Diploma (1 Year)

Diploma in Music Production & Live Sound Events (1 or 2 years)

Course fees for over 18’s

BIMM Birmingham

Why not come study at one of our newest campuses in the second largest city in the UK? Digbeth, the bustling creative quarter where our campus is located, was recently voted as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Britain! Check out our course options below.

Artist Development Diploma (2 years)

Music Production Diploma (2 years)

Course fees for over 18’s

BIMM London

Study a Diploma in the capital city where the majority of the UK’s music industry infrastructure is located. Get close to the action and take advantage of one of our most centrally located campuses.

Diploma in Popular Music Performance (1 year)


Course fees

BIMM Manchester

In our Northern-most campus, you can study in the city that birthed acts such as The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Joy Division, Blossoms, the 1975, JP Cooper and BIMM Manchester graduates Pale Waves. Check out our range of performance-based diplomas, here.

Artistic Development Diplomas (2 years)


Diploma in Music Production & Live Sound Events (1 or 2 years)

Course fees for over 18’s

BIMM Bristol

Bristol is steeped in rich musical history which has produced such brilliant acts as Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead, Roni Size, Joker and former BIMM Bristol student George Ezra. To top it off, the city was recently voted as one of the best to live in the UK. Take a look at the various diploma courses on offer, here.

Artist Development Diploma (2 years)

Music Production Diploma (2 Years)

Course fees for over 18’s

Interested in studying on one of our shorter courses? Check out details on our Summer Schools and BIMM Academy courses here.



James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.