Royal College of Music

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Artist Diploma in Performance (Keyboard) (Taught)

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Course summary

The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma courses 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 as a prelude to entering the music profession. The course provides time for preparation of concerts, recitals and competitions, under the guidance of the RCM’s staff and instrumental faculty specialists. Students of Collaborative Piano develop all aspects of a professional accompanist's skills as a collaborative artist, including duo repertoire, repetiteur work and orchestral continuo. Places on our Artist Diploma programmes are only offered to students who have already demonstrated a high level of ability at masters level. All our Artist Diplomas focus on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to your particular career aspirations. Final examination for the Artist Diploma in Performance takes the form of a concert, recital engagement or concerto performance.

Course details

Principal study options

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:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

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.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Collaborative Piano
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Repetiteur

Modules

The Artist Diploma in Performance provides time for preparation of concerts, recitals and competitions, under the guidance of the RCM’s staff and instrumental faculty specialists.

Assessment method

Final examination takes the form of a concert, recital engagement or concerto performance.


How to apply

*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.

Application codes

Course code:
607F
Institution code:
R56
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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. The application process is the same for students of all nationalities. Different application deadlines may apply for some of our overseas audition venues, please see our website for details.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree, postgraduate diploma or equivalent experience.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Audition requirements https://www.rcm.ac.uk/keyboard/auditionrequirements/


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Score 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 Academic51Score 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 AdvancedLevel B2Overall score of 160-179 and no less than 160 in any component.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity 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:

http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/englishlanguagerequirements/


Assessment locations

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.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
London£105£115
Recorded Audition£105£115
USA (New York City)£115£115

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Recorded AuditionNot available at this location
USA (New York City)Not available at this location

Additional information

Auditions for all principal studies are available in London and by video audition. Our audition period runs from mid-November to late-December. The RCM also holds auditions at venues in Asia and the USA. Application deadlines, application fees and audition dates vary between venues. Some overseas venues also have an initial pre-screening process; please see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/auditionlocation/ for details. We are unable to offer auditions for the following principal studies at our overseas venues: Percussion, Harpsichord, Fortepiano, Lute and other historical instruments requiring accompaniment on a harpsichord. We are unfortunately unable to offer Organ auditions at most of our overseas venues, although Hong Kong may be available upon request.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees are still to be confirmed for 2022. More information can be found at www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

The RCM is able to support many students with scholarships thanks to the generosity of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies. Any student who auditions (via video or in person) for a place at the RCM will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award; there is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on performance at audition. Unfortunately, performers who audition by recording cannot be considered for scholarships or study awards. The RCM offers two Junior Fellowships for students on the Artist Diploma programme: see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/juniorfellowships/ for details.

Artist Diploma in Performance (Keyboard) at Royal College of Music - UCAS