Artist Diploma

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Key information:

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Application Fee: £123 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
2 October 2023 for Opera Studies applicants | all other pathways - 2 October 2023 (Asia auditions), 1 Dec 2023 (New York auditions); or 5 March 2024 (London or recorded auditions)
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Principal Study options:

Strings | Wind | Brass | Percussion | Keyboard | Vocal Studies | Opera Studies (including Repetiteurs) | Historical Performance

Candidates who can demonstrate appropriate professional experience may be given advanced standing for direct entry into Year Two.

About the programme

This programme is for advanced students with exceptional aptitude in their specialism, and strong professional and artistic ambitions. It provides specialist, professional training if you are looking to embark on a national and international career.

The Artist Diploma represents post-Masters progression, and is designed to meet the specialised needs and aspirations of outstanding performance students, and to support them with the competence and sensitivity required.

Assessment and performances

At the end of the two-year programme, performance is assessed in a fully-staged opera production or full-length recital in Milton Court. Repetiteurs will undergo a 60-70 minute assessment split between a public recital and a private mock audition.

You will be involved in performances throughout both years, from platforms to formal and informal recitals and productions. You will also be expected and encouraged to be active outside the School if your visa allows, taking proactive steps to promote a freelance career.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants should normally have obtained a two-year full-time Masters of Music Degree or international equivalent, and the programme is open to specialisms in Instrumental, Vocal, Opera Studies (both voice and repetiteur) and Historical Performance. As an Artist Diploma student, your contact time will be as bespoke as possible in order to meet your specialist, highly individual needs, and to support you in achieving your professional and artistic goals.

Further information on departmental opportunities at this level is available on the Principal Study pages.

For further details, please contact Jen Pitkin.