This programme supports your professional development, enabling you to tailor your studies on an individual basis to suit your needs, interests and experience, and work towards your personal learning, training or professional goals. This programme can be taken prior to a postgraduate degree or diploma (Graduate Certificate) or following postgraduate studies (Professional Certificate).
Those undertaking the ISP: Advanced (Graduate Certificate) are typically: Students who gained a first degree at a university and who wish to spend a year focusing on principal study development, or: students aspiring to study at postgraduate level who wish to first improve and consolidate their musical knowledge and abilities, or to develop their English language skills.
Those undertaking the ISP: Advanced (Professional Certificate) are typically: Students wishing to enhance their career prospects, or: students focussing on particular aspects of their professional development.
- Enable students to develop sophisticated and assured technique and musical development appropriate for entrance into the profession.
- Enable students to make independent choices in relation to repertoire, style and technical issues.
- Enable students to develop independence in their approach to study.
- Enable students to plan future professional development
This full-time programme is available over one term, two terms, or a full academic year. Assessments take place both during and at the end of each Additional Study Option (if taken), and at the end only of the Professional Studies module. CoLab takes place during a two-week period in February. Students who require a visa to study in the UK may apply for the one term option as a student visitor or the full year on a Tier 4 visa.
For students studying for one or two terms, the allocation of Professional Studies activities will be 50% of that available to students studying for the full year including a 50% allocation of principal study tuition/supervision. Access to Departmental classes and large ensemble activities will be determined on an individual basis agreed through dialogue with your Head of Department. The study plan will be set out in the Learning Agreement at the time of registration.
From Academic Year 2017-18 onwards: 5 Students on the ISP Advanced (Graduate Certificate) will be able to access modules from the BMus programme where these are seen as necessary to their acquisition of skills and knowledge required for PG Diploma or Masters level study. This will be agreed in consultation with the Programme Leader and Head of Department and will be subject to the payment of an additional module fee.
Learning takes place through a combination of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental, composition, or vocal tuition/supervision is the central element of the provision, with the Professional Studies module consisting of individual one-to-one learning, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. You will develop and contextualize your individual tuition/supervision within a broad range of solo, small-group/chamber, and large-ensemble activities including the CoLab module.
Tuition within the Additional Study Opportunities area (where taken) is delivered through formal taught sessions. Throughout the programme your learning will be consolidated through extensive self-study. Delivered in small groups, wherever possible practical experience is blended with theoretical knowledge to develop performers’/composers’ informed musicianship and employability skills. Where appropriate, Principal Study teachers, lecturers, visiting artists, and ensemble coaches/directors expose students to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession.
The programme aims to enable you to further develop your independent learning strategies for lifelong learning. Your tutors will regularly encourage you to reflect on learning and to formulate personal programmes of study and targets for learning.
Certain elements of the programme may involve your studying with another student(s) in a collaborative way (e.g. with other musicians, dancers or other artists in a working relationship). This may involve you working alongside, and/or undertaking leadership responsibilities for other (possibly undergraduate) students engaged in projects with you as, for example, assistant directors or lead performers. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and, as such, opportunities such as these represent valuable learning experiences.
This programme assumes 800 learning and teaching hours with approximately 270 hours average contact time – of course this will vary depending on the principal study discipline and the selected components, so you will need to examine each module’s specification to determine the precise number of hours.
Our graduates go on to follow careers in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance, composition and arranging, creative project work, instrumental/vocal teaching, community project work, collaborative projects with other media/art forms, postgraduate performance/composition study, other related postgraduate study or PGCE.
In the Professional Studies module, you will be assessed on your Major (Principal Study) Performance/Composition discipline. There are no specific programme requirements, however performers are expected to present an artistically convincing programme which may explore a variety of composers and styles; a programme focussing on a particular specialist repertoire is also acceptable.
The CoLab module requires participation in a designated project but no formal assessment.
Additional Study Opportunities: students choosing to take an additional study option module or component will be required to undertake the appropriate assessments. These will feature a blend of written and practical assessment methods (including, but not exclusive to essay, analysis, composition, improvisation, performance, editions etc.) arrived at through negotiation between the student and tutor depending on the material under consideration.
There is no formal assessment for other performance/composition activities including chamber/small ensemble, large ensemble or technical work.
Applicants should demonstrate:
- An appropriate grasp of performance practice issues relevant to the repertoire they have performed at audition or an appropriate grasp of stylistic and formal issues relevant to the compositions they have presented in their portfolio;
- The capacity for independent, critical and reflective judgement;
- The ability to express themselves effectively, orally and in writing
In addition to meeting the audition/interview requirements, candidates will normally be expected to hold a Bachelor’s level degree or equivalent. Other qualifications or professional experience may be considered for entry to the programme, subject to completing the Institution’s RPL procedures.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas
Fees and Finance
Fees for this course can be found on our current Music Fees table. (Please note that fees for Vocal Studies students are listed separately on this table).
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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