Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

The Artist Diploma in Composition is designed for students wishing to work intensively on the technique and practice of Composition or Composition for Screen, as a prelude to professional activity as a composer. It provides time for concentrated study with a principal study composition teacher, or teachers, and enables sustained focus on one or more specific projects leading to final examination in the form of a portfolio submission of work. Composers are offered a wholly exceptional performance environment in which they have the opportunity to hear their compositions played by resident and visiting musicians, RCM orchestras, ensembles and fellow students of the highest technical and musical ability.

The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma 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.

This course is normally offered over 1 year, but may be studied over 2 years according to the artistic development of the student. Applicants interested in the 2 year version of the course should discuss this with the panel if invited for interview.

Course Modules

The Artist Diploma in Composition provides time for concentrated study with a Principal Study composition teacher, or teachers, and enables sustained focus on one or more specific projects.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Artist Diploma - Art Dip

Qualifications required:

  • A Masters degree, postgraduate diploma or equivalent experience.