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Artist Diploma in Composition

Royal College of Music

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Professional Diploma

  • Location

    Royal College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Artist Diploma (ArtDip) in Composition is designed for students wishing to work intensively on the technique and practice of composition 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.

We also offer Composition for Screen as a principal study specialism for students looking to hone their skills and develop professional connections in this rewarding and competitive field. Our alumni work across the world, including Hollywood and London, winning BAFTAs, Grammys, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and other accolades for their work in film, television and video games.

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 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 master’s level.

The ArtDip in Composition may be studied for up to two years. The duration for individual students will depend on their individual progress and readiness for assessment. Most students will complete the programme within one year and it will be assumed that a student will complete within one year, unless they discuss a wish to complete within two years with their Head of Faculty.

Learning & teaching

All our Artist Diplomas focus on one-to-one provision and practical project work, tailored to your career aspirations.

Career development

The RCM’s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry.

The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.

Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 26,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal College of Music

  • Campus address

    Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, Kensington And Chelsea, SW7 2BS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    122 56%

    50th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%

    52nd

    21

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