Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Professional Performance (Part-Time) (Taught) Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Degree level: Postgraduate UCAS Conservatoires

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Course summary

Support your developing career as a professional performer with Birmingham Conservatoire's post-Masters, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (APD) in Professional Performance. You can choose from one of seven specialisms: Instrumental performance, Vocal Performance, Collaborative Piano, Organ Performance, Chamber Music Performance, Opera Repetiteur or Choral Conducting.

Our Advanced Postgraduate Diploma is at post-Master's level, and is ideal for you if you're an advanced postgraduate performer who already has a Master's degree, and are beginning to accept professional level engagements. The course will help you to raise your own performance standards to the next level, with highly specialised one-to-one tuition in the department most relevant to your specialism.

The Professional Performance APD allows you to take on performance engagements both within and outside Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of your course. Assessment focuses on your work in professional contexts, via a Professional Performance Portfolio module and a choice of External Engagement and Professional Project modules. We also provide a Career Management and Self-Promotion module designed to help you deal with those niggling, but vital, non-performance aspects of your professional career.

You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, 150-seat Recital Hall, our black box performance space known as The Lab, and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is world class.

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.

Alternative single specialism

You may audition for two instruments, with the intention of studying one instrument as a single specialism. The outcome of the audition will determine which instrument is taken as the main specialism.

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

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Conducting (Choral)
  • Conducting (Orchestral)
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (Baritone)
  • Horn (French)
  • Horn (Tenor)
  • Lute/Theorbo
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Piano (Accompaniment)
  • Recorder
  • Repetiteur
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice (Baritone)
  • Voice (Bass)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Male Soprano)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

Secondary instrument/specialism

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Conducting (Choral)
  • Conducting (Orchestral)
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (Baritone)
  • Horn (French)
  • Horn (Tenor)
  • Lute/Theorbo
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Piano (Accompaniment)
  • Recorder
  • Repetiteur
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice (Baritone)
  • Voice (Bass)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Male Soprano)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 602P
Institution code B34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

A postgraduate degree/diploma, normally (but not necessarily) specialising in performance.
You'll need to demonstrate that you're able to perform to an appropriately advanced level.
Substantial, verifiable public performance experience at an appropriate level.
IELTS overall score of a minimum of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Audition


Audition locations

In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £60 £60
Birmingham Conservatoire £60 £60

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £90 £90
Birmingham Conservatoire £90 £90

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £4,950 Year 1
EU £4,950 Year 1
England £4,950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,950 Year 1
Scotland £4,950 Year 1
Wales £4,950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £6120 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status

Provider information

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Conservatoire
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Birmingham
B4 7XR


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