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Royal College of Music · Graduate School
RCM Artist Diploma

Entry requirements

Candidates require a postgraduate diploma, a Masters degree in music or equivalent experience.

The RCM welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and alternative qualifications may be considered. If your qualifications are not listed here, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to discuss your suitability for the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Final examination for the Artist Diploma in Performance takes the form of a concert, recital engagement or concerto performance.

Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with succesful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.

Fees and funding

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. Composers who audition by video interview will also be considered.

There is no separate application process.

Scholarships are awarded purely on merit based on performance at audition or the strength of portfolio and interview for composers.

Qualification and course duration

RCM Artist Diploma

full time
10-24 months

Further details of qualification

RCM Artist Diploma


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice100

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