Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance

The Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance is primarily intended for graduates from three-year degree programmes, and has been designed to provide experience equivalent to the fourth or final year of a conservatoire undergraduate performance degree.

This one-year course is normally intended to be taken on a full-time basis in order to reinforce its equivalence to fourth year study.

Students will be accepted on to this course with the opportunity to progress to one of the two Masters degrees in Vocal Performance (MPerf or MMus) subject to achieving a result of 65% or more in the first year of study. 

This allows for any intensive technical work that may need to be undertaken to proceed without interruption for audition preparation. Students achieving 40-64% will be placed on a reserve list, with progression at the discretion of the Admissions Board.

The Graduate Diploma course seeks:

  • To provide non-conservatoire graduate singers with the additional specialist vocal and ancillary training necessary for them fully to match the range of skills and experience of conservatoire graduates. To develop the vocal, linguistic and dramatic skills and to build the repertoire knowledge necessary for singers who demonstrate potential for significant vocal achievement but who presently lack the appropriate formal grounding in these areas.
  • To build a solid vocal technique, or reinforce that already possessed by the student, so as to provide the foundation for further development.
  • To offer an experience of vocal work within a fully-fledged dramatic situation to determine a student singer’s operatic potential.

By the end of their year of full-time study, successful students will have achieved the following:

  • Basic solidity of vocal technique, capable of sustaining the increased demands of more advanced study and assisting the voice to mature satisfactorily.
  • A broad familiarity with the nature of the vocal repertoire, coupled with a core of works known in some detail.
  • Facility in the principal European languages of the vocal repertoire and an informed awareness of the main national types.
  • Movement skills, knowledge of stagecraft and the beginnings of the ability to combine these with vocal accomplishment in operatic performance.
  • A realistic perception of their suitability for further study and/or future professional career prospects, based upon critical self-evaluation and an awareness of the demands and opportunities of the profession.

Gainful Employment and US Federal Student Aid

Download the PDF below for information on Gainful Employment courses eligible for US Federal Student Aid.

Gainful Employment Federal Disclosure Requirements (81 kb)

  • Twitter Logo
  • Facebook Logo
  • Instagram Logo
  • LinkedIn Logo
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. Tel: +44(0)20 7591 4300 Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS.
Tel: +44(0)20 7591 4300
  • Twitter Logo
  • Facebook Logo
  • Instagram Logo
  • LinkedIn Logo