Advanced Diploma in Performance


The Advanced Diploma (FHEQ Level 8, also known as third cycle) exists to hone high-level artistry and to provide bespoke guidance in the development of a distinctive professional profile (particularly for those pursuing solo career paths). Entry to the AdvDip is highly competitive. The cohort is very small and applicants should have a well developed professional profile or have demonstrated exceptional achievement in previous study.

You will be supported by regular one-to-one tuition with those who can best help you to reach your professional goals. The openness of this structure will allow you to plan and execute a programme of study that is tailored to your individual artistic needs.

Normally applicants for the Advanced Diploma will hold a postgraduate degree in performance.

Training: In addition to the 45 hours of one-to-one tuition that all postgraduate students receive Advanced Diploma students are encouraged to draw on the Academy’s staff (often across departments) to support the development of their career and artistry, and can expect a flexible schedule that will allow them to pursue a significant portfolio of external professional activity.

Assessment: Advanced Diploma students give a public lunchtime concert as part of the Academy’s advertised diary of events, which is followed by a viva that also explores a portfolio of professional activity undertaken during the year.

All applicants for the Advanced Diploma will be considered for the Bicentenary Scholarship scheme.

Made possible by an anonymous donation of £1.7 million, the scholarships will cover the recipients’ full tuition fees, and for a number of students also can attract maintenance support during the two-year bespoke programme of intensive training and will support a total of 40 talented young musicians over a five year period commencing from the 2018-19 academic year.

Bicentenary Scholars will also get the opportunity to produce a series of recordings with Linn Records, a world-renowned independent recording label who have a strong commitment to emerging artists. These will be made publicly available worldwide via digital platforms.

‘I’m so grateful for this opportunity to spend an additional year fine tuning all the work I’ve done so far, and to leave with a professional recording. This is the chance of a lifetime to begin curating my own career.’ – Anna Geniushene, Bicentenary Scholarship recipient 2018-19.

As the Academy moves towards our Bicentenary in 2022, these scholarships strengthen our commitment to providing the best possible experience for students in preparation for their careers.

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