Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Artist Diploma (Taught)

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Course summary

The Artist Diploma is intended for advanced students in music on the cusp of a professional career, who are seeking to hone a distinctive musical personality through a year of post-masters study in a conservatoire environment. The programme is designed to give you time and space and to develop your art through a largely autonomous programme of study.

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.


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

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Bodhran
  • Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Traditional Music)


The programme is designed to give you time and space and to develop your art through a largely autonomous programme of study. In the Principal Project module you will work towards an individually negotiated programme of high-level artistic outputs such as, performances, compositions, recordings, or documented research, according to the discipline. This module is supported by 20.5 hours of one-to-one lessons from a tutor or tutors of your choices. In the Supporting Project module, you will receive individual support and mentoring from a personal supervisor, who will help you to create an individual portofolio of supplementary activites to complement your main artistic projects. The module culminates in an oral examination that invites you to reflect critically on the artistic intentions of your work through the course of the programme. This programme will: Encourage the development of a distinctive musical personality

  • Offer a rich learning environment that nurtures the individual artist in relation to the wider context of their practice
  • Provide opportunities for performance and composition, and support students in creating their own opportunities
  • Promote professional autonomy and resilience through a confident, reflective and critical approach to their musicianship
- Support students in articulating clearly the questions and insights that form the basis of their artistic practice

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.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally expected to hold a Masters Degree in Music.

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

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Joint principal specialism assessment

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Additional information

For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5727* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5727* Year 1
Scotland £5727* Year 1
Wales £5727* Year 1
Channel Islands £5727* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5727* Year 1
EU £11220* Year 1
International £11220* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

Artist Diploma at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS