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At CSVPA we offer you opportunities to develop your talents by nurturing your creativity in an inspiring and diverse community. Our courses are built around your individual needs, and through a creative environment we help students develop their talents in the way they want to. Many of our staff have experience working within the creative industries, which shapes the structure of our courses so that what we teach is relevant to current and future industry practices. Our industry connections also set us apart from other institutions and means our young creatives stand out when applying for further study or starting their career in the workplace.

Karin Askham
Rector, CSVPA


In today’s world it is not only important to be able to play your instrument well, but it is vital to understand the history of the craft and where everything originated from. As well as this, the modern musician needs to have a good understanding of music technology, so computers are a key element for all our musicians; the ability to be able to use the software, make your own recording, mix and master it, release and market it are all important skills if you are to become an professional musician.

If you are looking for a place at a university music department you will be well prepared for higher education, as well as high-level performance training we will also undertake rigorous academic training in areas including history, theory, analysis, composition, and aural training. At a music university department your study will be more academically based; you will study a broader range of content of which performance is one element. If you are looking for a place at a Conservatoire or Music College, you will be given the opportunity to undertake extensive preparation for entrance examinations and auditions. At a Conservatoire or Music College there will be more of a focus upon performance. You will be encouraged to build links within the music industry through course projects and key units throughout the year. 


Aural Skills
These skills are necessary for making progress in performance, composition, historical and analytical work. Aspects covered: sight-singing, interval and chord recognition, rhythmic dictation, as well as recognition of style, genre and period.



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Our approach to teaching focuses on helping our students to become the creative they want to be. We develop our student’s creativity, critical thinking, approach to research, contextual understanding and trend analysis of various, teaching philosophy. Alongside developing their network within the UK creative industries and practical skill set through industry projects. 


At CSVPA we have 15 students to one lecturer and give one-on-one support as well as personalised tuition. 


100% of CSVPA students said their course challenged them to achieve their best work*. 


of students said their course provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics* 

*in 2021


Course Location 

Course Length 
3 Terms

Course Start 

Tutor Support 
Up to 25 hours per week, with Instrument Tuition for 1.5 hours per week.

Studio Access
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday and from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at weekends.

Awarding Body 
University of the Arts London Awarding Body

English Language Support 
Up to 5 hours per week if required

University music department, conservatoire or music technology college


17 years + 

Educational Level 
Successful completion of Secondary Education (Grade 11 or Grade 12 depending on native contry) or 1 x A level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification and 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent overseas qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.  

English Level for International Students 
IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0) 

An audition piece is required for entry to this course. Please refer to ”What We Look for iIn an Audition” for more information. 


All of our students are part of the CSVPA family, a vibrant, multicultural community of highly creative people who share common dreams and ambitions. At CSVPA, you will make friends across courses and years, sharing ideas and experiences that elevate your work and inspires you to explore your own creativity. 
The wellbeing of our students is incredibly important to us and we want every student to have the best experience they can at CSVPA. Visit out Welfare Page to find out more about our commitment to our students. 


How we teach is not only focused on the time you spend studying with us but also prepares you for your future career. 

Over recent years the creative arts industry in the UK has contributed £286 billion to the wider UK economy.* With employment in the arts industries growing four times faster than other sectors, studying a creative arts course is a gateway for some of the most exciting, innovative, and well-paid careers.**

Our BA Fashion students received national press coverage for their final collections. Our MA students have gone on to work for global brands such as Vivienne Westwood and Esquire magazine and our Extended Diploma and Foundation graduates have been accepted into some of the top Universities and Conservatories, including progression to Parsons School of Design, New York, Central Saint Martins, Kingston University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, 
RADA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of Westminster and many more. 

**DMS, 2017


Every CSVPA student has their own Personal Tutor. This will normally be your Course Director or another member of the permanent staff team. 

The role of the Personal Tutor Scheme is to provide academic advice and guidance to support you through your course. Personal Tutors can’t give advice on non-academic matters but will help you to find the right specialist support if you have problems not directly related to your course.   

The aims of our Personal Tutor scheme: 

  • To build rapport between staff and students and contribute to personalising students’ experience at CSVPA.
  • To provide appropriate academic advice and guidance to students throughout their time at CSVPA by monitoring their progress and helping to identify individual needs.
  • To foster a close and engaged academic relationship with students and advise and refer students to other school services as appropriate.
  • To help to develop students’ ability to be self-reliant and self-reflective and their ability to use feedback to best advantage.


Key features of our Personal Tutor scheme: 

  • Personal Tutors will be allocated at the beginning of the academic year.
  • You will be invited to an introductory welcome tutorial meeting at the beginning of the academic year.
  • For our students on BA, Graduate Diploma and Master’s, subsequent tutorials will follow and respond to key stages in the academic year.
  • Every effort is made to ensure you keep the same personal tutor throughout your study.
  • One-to-one meetings will vary in length depending on the profile and needs of individual students 


At CSVPA we provide student accommodation for all years of study allowing you to focus on the most important things like making friends and getting the most out of your studies. 

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