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Course Overview

Designed to act as a pathway for talented singers to benefit from focused study and support before undertaking the two-year MMus Music Performance, this course forms the ideal bridge between a bachelor’s degree and master’s study. It also offers a stand-alone opportunity for one year’s intensive study of classical vocal performance for talented singers wanting to develop their skills further. This programme enables classical singers from non-traditional backgrounds to access high-level conservatoire training.

Within the Graduate Diploma, areas of focus will include:

  • Tailored one-to-one tuition from an experienced tutor and vocal coach

  • Detailed work on key operatic languages and strategies for independent learning

  • Developing performance stamina in a range of environments (solo and ensemble)

  • An introduction to a variety of vocal styles, to reflect the complexity of material required at master’s level

  • Developing the physical skills and stagecraft for authentic characterisation in performance

  • Using spoken word and text, improvisation and drama training to build confidence and develop individual performing persona

  • Raising awareness of professional etiquette and associated protocols, including presentation of self, as well as building effective skills of self-management

  • Developing an awareness of collaborative working in choral and operatic contexts

  • Demonstrating technical and musical fluency in performance, with individuality and stylistic integrity

  • Embedding strategies to support personal and professional development

  • Attendance at performances and masterclasses within the RWCMD’s public performance programme, as well as external events and activities, such as dress rehearsals at Welsh National Opera

  • Active participation in a range of performance opportunities in world-class facilities

  • Immersion in the fully integrated performance programme by international artists

Course Structure

Students wanting to progress onto the MMus Music Performance (two year) programme will require successful completion of the course, a minimum mark of 60% in their final recital and a successful interview with the Head of Opera & Vocal Performance. In exceptional circumstances, students may be considered for a place on the MA Advanced Opera Performance.

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers.


Entry Requirements

Entry is by audition and candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.

International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.

Tuition Fees for 2023-2024

* This is the full amount.

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