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.

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. There are a maximum of four places each year.

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.

Scholarships for successful applicants

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.

Detailed course information is available here.

Application and Audition Requirements

Applications for the International Artist Diploma programme are completed via Acceptd, an online portal that enables applicants to upload all entrance requirements to a secure personal account.

The application deadline for September 2020 entry is 31 January at 1pm. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by mid-February with auditions taking place on 17 and 18 March.

If you are interested in learning more about the IAD course, please read this information on application and auditions or email David Horne, Head of Graduate School, at


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