Top arts university to open new school in Clapham

Academy of Contemporary Music partners with Falmouth University to open new Clapham campus

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is partnering with Falmouth University (now ranked as the UK’s No. 1 Arts University in all three university league tables) to open an ACM Clapham campus from September.

Having delivered music industry education experience in Guildford for over 21 years, helping to shape the careers of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Amelle Berrabah, Zomboy and more, The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is now extremely excited to announce that it will be bringing its unique brand of education to London. 

Students studying music performance or songwriting at ACM London will also have the opportunity to apply for the Freddie Mercury Scholarship which would fully fund their entire study path.

The new campus will offer degree programmes in Professional Music Performance (covering bass, drums, guitar and vocals), Creative Music Technology, Music Business & Innovation and Commercial Songwriting, mirroring the fully immersive music industry experience already provided in Guildford. Partnering with Falmouth University (now ranked as the UK’s No. 1 Arts University in all three University league tables), ACM London’s degree programmes will give students the opportunities to excel academically and professionally in the music industry. 

Falmouth University has built its reputation over more than a 100 years and is now a creative innovation hub, redefining education in the arts and beyond. With a graduate employability level of 97%, it is committed to getting its students great jobs in the creative industries. 

ACM London will deliver the same favourable student-to-tutor ratios that ACM Guildford has become widely known for, resulting in small classes, an unrivalled student experience and the highest quality of teaching and learning. With many prospective students expressing a wish to study in London, ACM is eager to welcome students through its doors in Clapham this September. 

ACM London’s teaching faculty are industry professionals. The newest appointments for 2016 include Kris Coombs-Roberts (Funeral For A Friend), Cherisse Osei (Paloma Faith), Arya Goggin (Skindred), Mark Richardson (Feeder, Skunk Anansie), Adam Perry (‘A’), Sandy Beales (One Direction), Richard Boucher (Funeral For A Friend), Paul Sayer (Temperance Movement), and Ben Ash (Carcass). 

Kainne Clements Executive Chairman of ACM, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with the UK’s number one arts University, Falmouth. With over 97% of students in work or further study within six months of graduation, we couldn’t hope for a more prestigious educational partner. Our Guildford campus is seeing a steady rise in student numbers, so ACM London is a great opportunity to expand our unique educational offering right in the heart of the music industry, where we hope to teach the industry talent of the future.”

Professor Geoff Smith, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Falmouth University, said: “Falmouth plus ACM equals a world-class offer – bringing together unparalleled levels of experience in University-level arts education with decades of Music industry expertise. The team at ACM is as committed as we are to producing graduates that embark on great, creative careers in their chosen field and we’re looking forward to working together in London.”


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