These courses represent the highest level of non research-based postgraduate study.
They are aimed at musicians wishing to hone their skills by working intensively on particular areas of their artistic development, and are offered to students who have already demonstrated a high level of ability at Masters level.
They focus on one-to-one provision and practical project work, as suited to your particular career aspirations.
The RCM offers Artist Diplomas in the following areas:
1 or 2 years
The Artist Diploma is designed for students with the potential to become professional operatic singers. The programme is rich in individual and class provision as well as performance opportunities through operatic scenes and fully-staged operatic productions. These elements are designed to develop students acting skills, expand the number of roles in their repertoire. Most teaching takes place within the RCM International Opera School and its teaching and rehearsal spaces.
1 or 2 years
The Artist Diploma in Performance is designed for students who wish to work intensively on solo performance as a prelude to entering the music profession. It provides time for preparation of concerts, recitals and competitions, under the guidance of the RCM’s Principal Study staff and instrumental Faculty specialists, and a final examination in the form of a Concert, Recital Engagement or Concerto Performance.
The new Artist Diploma in Chamber Music (String Quartet for September 2014) offers the opportunity for a pre-formed chamber ensemble to engage in one year of concentrated study. The programme encourages the development of ensemble skills and repertoire knowledge through a variety of different disciplines, both traditional and more exploratory, including improvisation, harmonic and structural awareness.
Assessment and Qualifications
The course culminates in a juried public recital.
If successful, the members of the quartet will be awarded an ArtDip, the RCM’s prestigious and internationally recognised qualification.
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1 or 2 years
The Artist Diploma in Composition is designed for students wishing to work intensively on the technique and practice of composition as a prelude to professional activity as a composer. It provides time for concentrated study with a principal study composition teacher, or teachers, and enables sustained focus on a project or projects leading to final examination in the form of a portfolio submission of work.
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