M.A. PGDIP/MA/MMus Orchestral Conducting

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Application deadline: 1 October 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,153 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,153 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Key Features of the Orchestral Conducting Programmes

* Conducting technique class involving the study and practice of technique away from the orchestra
* Workshops in keyboard skills and score-reading
* Observation and participation in RWCMD orchestral rehearsals
* Rehearsal analysis tutorials
* Observation of conductors within a professional context
* Opportunities to direct RWCMD ensembles,rehearsals and productions
* Opportunities to conduct self-promoted student performances
* Performance classes, usually in the company of students from a range of disciplines
* Full programme of orchestral concerts

Key Features of all Programmes

* Two year, full time programmes starting in September
* One year intensive programmes available in some cases
* Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
* Training in career development, self-promotion, event management and sustainable technique
* International masterclass series
* Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
* Performance Practice training supported by seminars, tutorials and symposia
* Training in performance analysis and presentation (MA and MMus)
* Advanced research and specialist performance analysis training (MMus only)
* Established work placement schemes
* Optional training in advanced teaching skills and arts management
* Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire

Requirements

Entry to the postgraduate music programmes is by audition (or by interview for Composition and Creative Audio and New Media applicants). Candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Composition applicants will be asked to send examples of their creative work to discuss at interview.

Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music (2:1 or higher for Masters applicants) or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.

Applicants who already have a postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification in music may be eligible for entry to the one year MA Top-Up programme.

International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to gain a recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent. Minimum English language requirements are different for different levels. Please check the list below for specific levels:

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

You will need to achieve an overall IELTS 5.5 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

MA Programmes

You will need to achieve an overall IELTS 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

MMus Programmes

If you are completing this course over one year you will need to achieve an overallIELTS 7.0with no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing and no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

If you are completing this course over two years you will need to achieve an overallIELTS 6.5with no lower than 6.0 in reading and writing and no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 527
TOEFL iBT® test: 71

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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