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SSR Music. Film. Games. Education

Established for over 30 years, we have seen the industry grow, watched technologies evolve and helped to shape creative education. Offering high quality creative education in music, film and games, as well as proudly offering sponsorship on leading events like the Manchester International Film Festival and Jamchester, SSR is an excellent provider of high quality academic, short and industry relevant education.   

We have three campuses, one in the City of Manchester, one in Camden in North London, and one in Jakarta in Indonesia. Each house purpose built facilities, professionally active tutors and manage unique creative partnerships. All our campuses enable us to offer the most up to date and relevant creative training in music, film and games. Whether you study to degree level, or short to mid-range courses, we provide all our customers with excellent career starting, and life changing education.  

Founded by current CEO John Breakell, life began as Spirit Studios in 1980. Located on Tariff Street, central Manchester, Spirit was a small complex comprising of 4 small rehearsal rooms and a single 4-track recording studio.

The Smiths were the first band through Spirit’s doors, and other rising bands of the time followed, including Simply Red, 808 State, and New Order. Bill Wyman paid a visit, as did many other famous faces. In fact, The Stone Roses recorded in Spirit Studios the very demo tape that secured their first record deal - that tape can be seen on our walls today!

In 1984, recognising an increasing demand for professionally trained sound engineers within the music industry, Spirit Studios became the School of Sound Recording, the first audio engineering and music production school in the UK, and one of the first in the world.

The School of Sound Recording quickly gained a healthy reputation within the music industry for producing well trained, professional graduates and the business thrived and continued to grow through the 80’s and into the 90’s, offering new courses and moving into a wider range of subject areas, not to mention also part of a brilliant, underground cultural venue for after-parties, diverse music and rising DJs.   

In 2004, we outgrew the Tariff St site (now home to Kosmonaut) and relocated to our current premises in Ardwick, on the edge of the city centre. Shortly after the relocation, we began offering degree courses with our university partners. By this time, the company was known simply as ‘SSR’ to reflect the changing breadth of our courses and delivery.

In 2009, SSR was recognised with a Manchester Evening News ‘Business of The Year’ award, and embarked on the first steps to expanding the company into new countries and territories.

Still recognising trends and reacting with unique areas of creative education, including undergraduate programmes in 3D film and games development, all our campuses provide students with an excellent array of leading creative subjects, guest lectures and master classes combined with work experience programmes, career guidance and mentoring.


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