Royal College of Music

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Artist Diploma in Opera (Taught)

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Course summary

The Artist Diploma in Opera 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. Students develop not just their vocal technique, but also their acting skills and the number of roles in their repertoire. Most teaching on the Artist Diploma in Opera takes place within the RCM International Opera School. Practical experience is gained through performance of operatic scenes and the opportunity to participate in productions. We present three fully-staged operas a year, which are attended by international press and agents. Members of the RCM International Opera School also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with significant members of the opera world. The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma (ArtDip) 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. All our Artist Diplomas focus on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to your particular career aspirations. This course is normally offered over 2 years, but may be completed in 1 year according to the artistic development of the student. Applicants interested in the 1 year version of the course should discuss this with the panel at audition.

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

  • Repetiteur
  • Voice (Alto)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Contralto)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 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.

Application codes

Course code:
851F
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.

Entry requirements

A Masters degree, postgraduate diploma or equivalent professional experience.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Audition requirements are available at http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/


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

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Recorded AuditionNot available at this location

Additional information

Auditions for the Artist Diploma in Opera are held in London and by video audition. We do not offer auditions at our international audition venues for this programme. We understand that auditions are a significant milestone on every applicant’s journey towards a career as a conservatoire musician. Please see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/vocal/auditionrequirements/ for details of what to prepare. Vocal auditions during our main audition period are conducted over two rounds. If you are put through to the second round, your second audition will be later the same day.


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 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.

Artist Diploma in Opera at Royal College of Music - UCAS