Royal College of Music

Course Introduction

*Please note that candidates with a specialism in Piano, Collaborative Piano, or Organ, should apply for the Artist Diploma in Performance (Keyboard) course 607F.

The Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma courses 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. The Artist Diploma is designed for students who wish to work intensively on solo performance as a prelude to entering the music profession. It provides time for preparation of concerts, recitals and competitions, under the guidance of the RCM’s staff and instrumental faculty specialists.

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.

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 at audition.

Start Date:


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.