Short courses will give you hands-on experience, access to industry knowledge, professional equipment and a host of other useful skills and knowledge. On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 and throughout the whole process, you will receive guidance and support from one of AMS’s specialist trainers.

500 Students
60 Professional Tutors
6 Regional Centres
Course Details

When submitting your application, you do not need to complete a comprehensive account of your history however, it would be great to read about your interests. Please also specify which date you would like to attend in order for us to complete your booking faster and more efficiently. 

Sound Production 1 (Beginner)

Do you have an interest in sound production? Or just want to learn how to record your own music at home? Our free Sound Production short course offers a comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know about recording techniques.

This includes recording live instruments, MIDI recording, layering, mixing, mastering and more.  With access to industry-standard audio equipment and software, as well as expert tutors to get you up to speed, the course is a perfect introduction to the modern recording industry.

Glasgow dates (2019)

Monday 3rd June week intensive (Mon to Fri, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding 7th June 2019.

Edinburgh dates (2019)

Friday 24th May for six consecutive weeks (every Friday, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding 28th June 2019.

Sunday 2nd June for five consecutive weeks (9.30AM – 6.30PM) and concluding 30th June 2019.

Sound Production 2 (Advanced)

Building on the skills and knowledge from our first Sound Production course, this new programme will explore the fundamentals of recording theory and best practice. These classes are focused on exploring the dynamic range of recorded material and equalisation techniques applied to various genres and styles. Towards the end of the course, we will also be exploring employability within the creative industries and various opportunities while working towards a professional portfolio.

It is highly recommended that you have completed Sound Production 1 before applying for the follow-up course

Glasgow Dates (2019)

Monday 20th May week intensive (Mon to Fri, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding May 24th 2019.

Saturday 1st June weekend intensive for three weeks (Sat and Sun, 10 – 5PM) and concluding 16th June 2019.

Monday 10th June week intensive (Mon to Fri, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding 14th June 2019.

Edinburgh dates (2019)

Thursday 23rd May for six consecutive weeks (every Thursday, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding 27th June 2019.

Saturday 25th May for six consecutive weeks (every Saturday, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding 29th June 2019.

Working in the Live Music Sector – Songwriting Workshop

Hosted with our in-house songwriting guru Zac Scott these creative classes will focus on improving your songwriting techniques, lyrical writing techniques and also help with improving melodies and chord progressions. As part of the course, you will have to perform your original material in front of other peers which leads up to a final performance towards the end of the course.


Glasgow Dates (2019)

  • Monday 27th May week intensive (Mon to Fri, 10AM – 5PM) and concluding May 31st 2019 (final performance on Friday 7th June)

Women in Music: Empowerment and Employability

Our Women in Music: Empowerment and Employability Course are designed to give you the knowledge, practical awareness and confidence to create your own opportunity’s in life and within the music industry. We want to help you feel confident and use your voice where  “Girls should be seen not heard” is still a dominant mentality. Join us and meet like-minded women, tailor your CV and gain priceless interview skills.

Glasgow dates (2019)

Saturday 1st June for two consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 5PM)  and concluding 9th June 2019

Edinburgh dates (2019)

Saturday 4th May, Sunday 5th May and Monday 6th May (10AM – 5PM each day)

Digital Synthesis and Sampling (Glasgow Only)

The course will cover techniques for digital synthesis and sampling. You will learn how to make your own digital instrument using Axoloti Patcher and an Axoloti Core (provided) which you can take away at the end of the course. You will also learn about the technical side of setting up your instrument in a studio or live setting, giving a short musical demonstration of your instrument on the last day of the course.

Glasgow Dates (2019)


  • Level: 3
  • Length: Various
  • Fees: FREE
  • Study Locations: Edinburgh • Glasgow

Audition & Interview

How To Apply

Short courses are only available in Scotland