- Composition for Screen
The Artist Diploma in Composition is designed for students wishing to work intensively on the technique and practice of Composition or Composition for Screen, 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 one or more specific projects leading to final examination in the form of a portfolio submission of work. Composers are offered a wholly exceptional performance environment in which they have the opportunity to hear their compositions played by resident and visiting musicians, RCM orchestras, ensembles and fellow students of the highest technical and musical ability. The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma Programmes represent the highest level of taught postgraduate study. They are aimed at musicians who want to hone their skills by working intensively on particular areas of their artistic development. Places on our Artist Diploma programmes are only offered to students who have already demonstrated a high level of ability at masters level. This course is normally offered over 1 year, but may be studied over 2 years according to the artistic development of the student. Applicants interested in the 2 year version of the course should discuss this with the panel if invited for interview.
During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:
Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.
For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.
The Artist Diploma in Composition provides time for concentrated study with a Principal Study composition teacher, or teachers, and enables sustained focus on one or more specific projects.
The final examination is in the form of submission of a final portfolio of composition work.
This course is closed for the 2023 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2024 courses.
*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
The following entry points are available for this course:
The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Candidates who are unable to attend an interview in London can choose to have a video interview instead - please select this option in your application. We are unable to offer composition interviews at our international audition venues.
A Masters degree, postgraduate diploma or equivalent experience.
Portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline. Details of how to submit your portfolio are available at http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|PTE Academic||51||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 51 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||Overall score of 160-179 and no less than 160 in any component.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity ISE II certificate. Must include a pass in all components.|
Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office) are not required to provide proof of their level of English. Some other exceptions apply - please consult our website for details.
The RCM's English Language Requirements are available in full at this link:
In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|Location||On-time Fee||Late Fee|
|London||Not available at this location|
|Online Interview||Not available at this location|
Composition applications are assessed through a two stage process. Composers audition by submitting a portfolio of work to the RCM for consideration. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. Composition for Screen candidates will also be sent a short practical task to complete prior to interview. Please see www.rcm.ac.uk/composition/auditionrequirements/ for further details of how to submit your portfolio.
No fee information has been provided for this course
All composers shortlisted for an interview, both in person and by video, will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on the strength of the portfolio and interview.