International Artist Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance/Vocal Studies and Opera (International Artist Diploma) represents the pinnacle of achievement in performance at the RNCM and is intended for a small number of artists on the cusp of international careers.

Through intensive tuition and specialist classes, you’ll receive advanced musical training to the highest level in performance or conducting, honing your artistic, technical, presentation and communication skills. You’ll also expand your recital and concerto repertory and benefit from prestigious performance opportunities with the BBC Philharmonic and the College.

RNCM student at the piano

Course Duration and Routes Available

Performance: 9 months full-time
Conducting: 18 months full-time

Solo Performance offers high-profile public performance opportunities, bespoke packages of intensive one-to-one tuition with a range of tutors, access to a professional pianist, and professional career development. Assessment is a full-evening public recital at the RNCM and a concerto with the BBC Philharmonic.

Vocal Studies and Opera offers opportunities to work with renowned international coaches, directors and conductors, develop performance skills through intensive one-to-one coaching, vocal consultancy and language coaching, experience a wide range of classes focusing on stage skills, and major roles in the College’s opera productions.

Please note that a maximum of four places are available each year.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the International Artist Diploma is by competitive audition. Entrants must demonstrate exceptional ability and potential for an international career.

All students accepted onto this programme will have their tuition fees covered in full.

Important information: Due to the global disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, our IAD programme is not running during the 2020-2021 academic year. All applicants who were invited to audition for 2020 entry will automatically be invited to undertake an online audition for our 2021 programme in March 2021.

New applicants should note that applications opened on 1 October 2020 and are completed via Acceptd, an online portal that enables you to upload all entrance requirements to a secure personal account. The application deadline for 2021 entry is 31 January.

All new applicants should submit around 30 minutes of recordings of any repertoire. Details on the requirements for the final round of auditions will be made available shortly.

If you have any further questions, please email David Horne, Head of Graduate School, at

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