The Academy is three months long and is split into three month-long terms. Each term is designed to test and equip each student in different ways. We have designed the course to ensure students are learning and performing to their full potential, whilst preparing them for their future careers in the music industry.
Term 1 is designed to ensure every student receives a basic foundation upon which they can develop. Each student will learn valuable skills such as sound engineering, post production editing techniques, audio mixing and an intensive breakdown on artist development. Students will be asked to complete a new, challenging task every week - requiring them to constantly up their game.
Term 2 is even more intense and focuses on the individual and their assault on the music industry. The students will work closely with Eliot and the Steelworks team to shape and develop themselves as artists. There are more challenging tasks to ensure students don't take their foot off the gas, as well as a few surprises along the way. During this term we will build on the knowledge learnt in the first month and kickstart the artists' image, brand and online presence.
Term 3 is the most important... This is the time when the transition is made from students to artists. Eliot and the Steelworks team will be focussed on producing the artists' EPs, their websites will be coming together and they will be collaborating with other people. Whilst there are further challenges to get stuck in to, the artists will be concentrating on laying the building blocks for their own careers by drawing on the new skills they have been given and the experience of the Steelworks Academy team.
Equipment and Kit
As part of the course fee, students are supplied with all the equipment required on day one of EKSA, including an Apple MacBook loaded with software, headphones and a video camera to begin blogging and showcasing their talent. All the equipment is theirs to keep throughout EKSA and beyond.
Additionally, there will be professional audio recording equipment in the students' accommodation so they can continue perfecting their craft outside of the studios.
This process will be intense. There is a busy schedule, lots to learn and a heavy focus on personal development. This is not always easy. There will be a full support team on hand throughout. The aim is to support students' development and enable them to get the most from the process.
This is full and intense process, from personal development to song writing. The course looks at styling, online presence and developing fan bases. Our aim is to provide students with a toolkit of skills that will serve them well throughout their careers. There is a big emphasis on health, with a gym membership included in the course cost. For three months, students will be immersed in the industry, learning what it takes to become a successful artist. We cannot promise success but what we can do is equip students and prepare them in the same way that Eliot has primed many successful artists.
Accommodation will be provided to successful course applicants. This will be located in Sheffield, near Steelworks Studios. Applicants will need funds for food and their own living expenses (estimated £50-£70 a week for basic food costs).
Course times/term dates
The academy runs for three months which is split into three terms. There will be 3 different intakes per year.
Intake 1 - January to March
Intake 2 - May to July
Intake 3 - Sept to November
This includes kit, accommodation and course materials
For band prices or signed acts please email
Filming and photos
Please be aware that the process may be filmed, photos will be taken for the academy’s use and for publicity.