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Artist Diploma (ArtDip)

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4 trimesters
Start date: 22-February-2021
Victoria University of Wellington
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Develop your career and take your performance skills to a professional level.

Gain the skills you need to become a concert artist of international standard with the two-year Artist Diploma (ArtDip). Supported by one-on-one supervision, you'll focus intensively on your performance skills while gaining a solid musical repertoire suited to your instrument or voice.

Strengthen your technique and develop professional confidence in public performance while gaining an understanding of the historical and social context of the musical repertoire you study.

During your studies, you'll give four 70-minute public recitals, and one of these will include a pre-concert talk of around 30 minutes. You can present this either separately to the concert, or as a lecture-recital of 90 to 100 minutes.

Workload and duration

The ArtDip is usually studied over two years but can be completed part-time over a maximum of four years. If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of at least 40-45 hours a week for much of the year. You can start studying in either March or July of each year.

Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to:

Complete 240 points—Advanced Musical Performance 1 (NZSM 701) and Advanced Performance II (NZSM 702)

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Master of Music or Master of Musical Arts in Performance with Distinction or Merit

To pass an audition

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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