Why choose Guitar?

All you need to know about Guitar courses at BIMM

Great guitarists are born at BIMM. Whether you take our two-year diploma or three-year degree, you’ll leave with everything you need to break into the music industry and carve out a fast-lane career with your flight case in your hand. Your BIMM guitar course goes far deeper than shredding and knee-slides. Our expert tutors are here to give you the specialist knowledge, invaluable contacts and multifaceted skillset to unlock every door in the modern music industry.

Perhaps you see yourself as a gun-for-hire on the fast-paced session scene. Maybe you’ve got a head full of riffs but need help to turn them into a world-beating album. You might be here to develop the instrumental chops to walk into any line-up, have a burning desire to teach, or your sights set on the live circuit. Whatever ambition brings you to BIMM, our comprehensive courses are laser-focused on bringing your performance and business abilities beyond the levels that employers demand.

This is BIMM. You’d expect the most respected tutors and the highest levels of modern music tuition. But your guitar course doesn’t end in the class room. Study at any of our eight international colleges and you’ll dive deep into the BIMM community, enjoying a life full of music as you and your peers collaborate on projects, share the stage and hit the town.

If guitar is your passion, then BIMM is your launch-pad. Take your first step.

WHAT TO EXPECT

All killer. No filler. BIMM’s guitar courses are structured to help you develop as a musician and industry professional. Every step of the way, you’ll be guided by our expert tutors – all current and respected artists with years of expertise to pass on. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go off the map, with a varied curriculum designed to prep your skill-set for employment.

In the modern industry, bulletproof live performance is a core skill for any professional guitarist. As such, you can expect to spend plenty of time onstage in the Live Performance Workshop module, developing your live craft and finding your identity as a performer.

We believe that a watertight knowledge of all musical styles makes for an industry-ready guitar player. That’s why a BIMM guitar course will hone your skills across the board, with tuition in Technical Development, Theory, Ear Training and Session Styles, running the gamut from pop and R&B to folk and punk.

Our courses are both academically and musically challenging, providing the perfect balance between practical and technical skills, theory and analysis. When your hands aren’t on a fretboard, you’ll be exploring and developing potential career pathways through research and professional projects, and learning the vital business skills that drive the modern industry.

You’ll want to plug into one-of-a-kind networking opportunities and collaborate with like-minded fellow musicians during your time on the course. And that couldn’t be easier, with access to the BIMM Connect service letting you hook up fast with fellow students, bandmates, songwriting collaborators, press agents, artist managers, event promoters and producers.

One size doesn’t fit all – so BIMM’s guitar course puts you in control, tailoring the content to hit your own personal targets. Some students will max out their CV with a choice of optional modules including Solo Performance, Music Business Studies, Music Teaching Practice and Online Music. Others will diversify their skill-set with our five-week, mid-term BIMM Extra mini modules: choose from areas as varied as Music Production, Photoshop and Video Editing, Mindfulness Techniques, Essay Writing Skills, Entrepreneurship – and more.

Masterclasses

At BIMM, you’ll learn from the best. Alongside our industry-leading tutors, BIMM’s regular masterclasses get you up close and personal with the guitar players at the top of the tree. But don’t come to a BIMM masterclass expecting autographs and hot air. Our A-list hosts are here to share their hard-won knowledge, offer up their brains for picking, give you the career hacks you won’t find in any textbook and guide you around the pitfalls.

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MORE THAN JUST A PERFORMANCE COURSE

Chops aren’t everything. While you’ll certainly develop a bulletproof mastery of your instrument at BIMM, our guitar course goes further. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the complete skill-set you need to hit the ground running and make your mark in the industry – thanks to hundreds of opportunities beyond your day-to-day teaching.

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What Our Students Say

Alex Amos : BIMM Brighton

I’ve always loved playing guitar and being with other musicians. I enjoy seeing so many different musicians who play so many different styles and learning new things from them, as well as from the tutors. I’ve always struggled to understand what the important things to learn are and what makes a great musician but being at BIMM has taught me a lot of things that I otherwise wouldn’t have known and I think has improved me as a musician.

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Awesome Alumni

Don’t believe the clichés. Life as a successful pro guitarist isn’t just about glitz, glamour and stadium gigs. It’s about dedication, practice, networking, versatility, tenacity, collaboration, smart business decisions, self-promotion – and much more besides.

Nobody knows that better than our BIMM alumni. Our Success Stories page is where we toast their achievements as they forge ahead in the industry. But for a taste of the heights you could hit before the ink even dries on your BIMM degree or diploma, check out the stories of these three guitar heroes.

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Internships And Opportunities

The best way to learn your trade is by doing it for real – and BIMM’s specialist Careers and Industry teams are here to save you the door-knocking. With a contacts book bulging with industry connections, we can dangle the opportunities that money can’t buy and offer the real-world experience that any upcoming guitarist would kill for. Break into the industry’s most respected companies. Hit the stage at the UK’s biggest live events. Gold-plate your CV and kick-start your career, making great first impressions and lasting connections. It all starts when you book a dedicated tutorial spot with the team and tell us your career ambitions.

When you study guitar at BIMM, the stage is your second home. Only BIMM students get to enjoy exclusive stage-time and shop-window slots at the biggest international festivals, from Glastonbury, 2000Trees and Liverpool Sound City to The Great Escape and Reeperbahn. And that’s just the start. You’ll also get regular performance opportunities throughout the course, from our famous end-of-term gigs to the local nights scheduled and promoted by our Events Management and Music Business students.

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Choose your course
and location

You want in. Smart move. But where do you want to study?

Wherever you find a thriving music scene, you’ll find a BIMM college. We have eight locations to study guitar across the UK and Europe, all in buzzing music cities that move to their own unique beat.

Follow the links below to start your application to BIMM – and launch your career in music.

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Brighton

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

At BIMM Brighton, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend…

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Dublin

BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music – Guitar

This four-year programme aims to develop your performance skills at the same time as progressing your career goals, using a…

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Dublin

CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship – Guitar

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis…

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Manchester

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

At BIMM Manchester, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend…

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London

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance – Guitar

The guitar programme combines high-level instrumental study with the opportunity to engage with music technology, songwriting skills, and a wide range…

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London

Diploma in Popular Music Performance – Guitar

This one-year practical and vocational course is equivalent to two ‘A’ Levels, and covers tuition across everything from technique and…

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Brighton

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Guitar

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical style,…

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Bristol

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

At BIMM Bristol, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend…

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Berlin

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

The guitar programme combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range…

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London

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

At BIMM London, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend…

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Birmingham

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

At BIMM Birmingham, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend…

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Brighton

First Diploma in Modern Music – Guitar

This Level 2 practical and vocational course is equivalent to four GCSEs, and aims to develop your confidence as a…

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Birmingham

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Guitar

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical…

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Manchester

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Guitar

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical…

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Hamburg

BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar

The guitar programme combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range…

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Bristol

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance – Guitar

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels, and is all about developing your performance skills and musical style,…

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Brighton

Diploma in Events and Sound Production

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is designed to develop your sound production skills and…

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Manchester

Diploma in Events and Sound Production

This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A levels, and is designed to develop your sound production skills and…

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