Guildhall School of Music and Drama Deadline

By | 8th June 2017

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Deadline

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Deadline

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Applicants who have already submitted their application can track the progress of their application, update their contact details, view details about their audition/interview, and access information about their course.

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Late Applications

Some programmes are able to consider applications submitted after the deadline. If the deadline has passed for the programme you are interested in, please contact the relevant department directly to see if there are audition/interview places still available.

Music: music_applications@gsmd.ac.uk
Acting: acting_applications@gsmd.ac.uk
Technical Theatre: tta_applications@gsmd.ac.uk
Creative Learning: pace_applications@gsmd.ac.uk
Research: research_applications@gsmd.ac.uk

Application deadlines are listed here.

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Deferring Entry

The School is normally unable to defer applications.

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Re-Application

The School does not accept applications for a repeat audition for the same year of entry.

Applicants will be permitted to audition for the BA and/or MA acting programmes on no more than three occasions in total. If an applicant is unsuccessful in gaining a place after three auditions, a fourth audition will not be offered under any circumstances

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Applicants with a Disability

The School encourages applications from students with a disability or a specific learning difficulty. Nearly 10% of our student population fall into this category. If you would like to find out if the School’s support and environment are appropriate for you, you can contact the Student Affairs Department in confidence. Please see our Disability Support page for more details of what we can offer.

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Transfer Applications / Entry with Advanced Standing

Applicants wishing to apply for direct entry to the second or third year of the BMus programme are given ‘year of entry’ options on the online application form.

However, the audition panel will decide whether you are at the appropriate level from a performance standpoint and then our Academic Studies team will assess your suitability of advanced standing from an academic point of view. Applicants wishing to transfer from another university must seek written permission to audition from their current institution before applying.

It is not possible to apply for advanced standing for any other programme.

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Non Standard Entry

In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the relevant Programme Board, candidates whose abilities match the standards required for entry to a programme but who do not meet the standard academic entry criteria may still be considered. These applicants would be expected to provide alternative evidence of their ability to benefit from the programme.

Applicants for postgraduate Music programmes who will not have achieved a Bachelor of Music (Hons) qualification prior to entry should submit a detailed professional and academic CV with their application.

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Age at Entry

The School has a policy for the admission and support for students under the age of 18. Any student who has not yet reached the age of 18 on the first day of term will be admitted under this policy.

In order to be able to manage the long hours and intensive nature of the curriculum, applicants for the BA Acting programme should have normally reached the age of 18 by the first day of the programme.

There is no upper age limit for applicants.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Criminal Convictions

As a condition of offer, all Leadership and Music Therapy applicants must submit a satisfactory DBS check (formerly CRB disclosure) by the start of the programme. Information on applying for a DBS check will be sent to these applicants before the start of term.

The Guildhall School has a policy about Safeguarding the Welfare of Children which includes the process relating to admission of students with previous relevant criminal convictions. A previous criminal conviction will not normally debar the offer of a place unless issues relating to the nature of the programme or security of the School community apply. To help the Guildhall School reduce the risk of harm or injury to their students all applicants must let us know if they have any unspent criminal convictions.

If you disclose that you have a criminal conviction you will be contacted in confidence by the Assistant Registrar (Admissions & Enrolment) and the implications and subsequent process will be explained in full. Offers of a place may be made but would be subject to engaging in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking process (formerly CRB).

Spent convictions are defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. For more information about our policy, please contact the Assistant Registrar (Admissions & Enrolment) at registry@gsmd.ac.uk

More information on the DBS checks can be found on the Gov.uk website.

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Consent to Share Information

The Guildhall School is bound by the Data Protection Act, meaning that we cannot discuss details of your application with anyone else unless you give your permission. When you apply you will be given a unique Reference Number to refer to in future correspondence. Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants and students will also be able to set a ‘Memorable Word’ via eGo once they have completed their application to provide an extra level of security. If you provide your Application Reference Number and Memorable Word to a friend/relation/agent they may contact the School on your behalf otherwise we will refuse permission. If you have not yet received a Reference Number then sufficient details of your record will be required.

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References

If you are applying to one of the following programmes, your referees should be made aware that they will be contacted when the application is submitted and their references will be required within two weeks of the request:

If you already have the reference document, please enter your own email address rather than your referee’s address so you can upload the document yourself when the reference request email is sent.

Not all programmes require references at application stage. If your programme is not listed above, the online application form will only ask you to provide the contact details of two referees. Your referees may then be contacted at a later stage in the admissions process, but they will not be asked to supply references before your audition/interview.

You should choose suitable people to act as your referees and you should have discussed this with them before supplying their email addresses in the application form. Please provide your referee with information about the programme you are applying for so they can comment on your suitability.

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Information for Referees

If you have given consent to an applicant to name you as a referee, they will need to provide your contact details on their application form. If the applicant is applying for one of the courses listed in the ‘References’ section above, you should receive an automatic email from the Guildhall School when the application is submitted. We ask that you provide a reference within two weeks of the request. Please note that we operate an open reference policy and the applicant may view their reference.

The Guildhall School does not require references to be in a specific format but if you have not yet written a reference for the applicant, you may wish to use this template. Please note, this is not a requirement; it has been provided for your convenience only.

The reference request email will provide you with a link that can be used to upload your reference directly to the applicant’s online application. Please note, these request emails are unique to each referee so should not reused or passed to colleagues, as the first reference uploaded will be overwritten.

If you have any problems with the online system you can simply post or email the reference to:

Registry (5th Floor Milton Court)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Silk Street, Barbican
London, EC2Y 8DT
Email: registry@gsmd.ac.uk

Please ensure your details and the applicant’s details are marked clearly so the reference can be matched to the applicant’s record.

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Supplementary Material

Postage:
In no circumstances should candidates send recorded materials or applications directly to individual professors. They should be sent to:

Music & PG Cert Performance Teaching:
Antoine Kaiserman, Deputy Head of Music Administration
Music Office, Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Silk Street, Barbican,
London, EC2Y 8DT

Acting & Technical Theatre & Creative Learning:
Lynne Buckley, Assistant Head Drama Administration
Drama Office, Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Silk Street, Barbican,
London, EC2Y 8DT

Research:
Pauline Galea, Research Coordinator
Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Silk Street, Barbican,
London, EC2Y 8DT

Applicants sending additional documentation from overseas should ensure that for Customs purposes they indicate that they will pay any import tax charged.

Recorded Material

The Music Department’s preferred format for a recorded material is DVD. Please review your DVD recording before submitting it to the School to ensure that it is playable and that you are satisfied with the quality. Please ensure the DVD is compatible for playing in the UK (Region 2).

In all cases the recording must be unedited and must be accompanied by a certified statement that it is the applicant’s own performance and a list of all repertoire studied in the last two years. Applicants submitting recorded material should label the actual material with their name and instrument. Unfortunately recorded material is non-returnable.

Music applicants wishing to submit their recordings in another format will need prior approval and should contact Antoine Kaiserman music_applications@gsmd.ac.uk in the first instance.

Applicants for the BA in Performance & Creative Enterprise should contact pace_applications@gsmd.ac.uk if they have any questions about submitting the electronic portfolio. Please also see the Programme-Specific Supplementary Material section below.

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Programme-Specific Supplementary Material

Music
  • Composition: BMus, Guildhall Artist Masters & DMus
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, Composition applicants should send photocopies of three compositions. This material should be securely bound and marked clearly with the applicant’s name. If possible, a recording of the scores submitted should also be enclosed. In no circumstances will a recording be accepted without a score. Applicants are invited to bring to audition scores of works in progress. Scores will be returned to the applicant on request. DMus applicants must ensure they submit a DVD recording and also submit a 1,000 word draft research proposal. All supporting material must be received by the application deadline.
  • MA Opera Making & Writing (Composition pathway)
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, Opera Making (Composition) applicants should post a portfolio of three compositions (with live recordings) to Registry. At least one submitted composition should be for voice and instrument(s). This material should be securely bound and marked clearly with the applicant’s name. Please see information on Recorded Material above. The portfolio will be expected to evidence a good general level of creative engagement with opera and theatre. All supporting material must be received by the application deadline.
  • MA Opera Making & Writing (Writing pathway)
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, Opera Making (Writing) applicants should upload a portfolio of writing: 15 poems or 5000 words of prose, or dramatic script (up to 30 pages). The file size cannot exceed 1MB. The portfolio will be expected to evidence a good general level of creative engagement with opera and theatre. All supporting material must be received by the application deadline.
  • Electronic Music: BMus
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, Electronic Music applicants are required to submit a recording of their own studio work and a résumé of their own electronic experience at least one week in advance of their audition. Both the recording and its case should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name and online reference number.
  • Artist Diploma (All pathways)
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, Artist Diploma applicants will be required to bring two items of supplementary material to their audition:
    – an up-to-date Artistic CV
    – a recent DVD recording (made within the last year). Please see information on Recorded Material above.
    Should you be successful at audition, these items will be reviewed by the Artist Diploma Panel as part of the second round of consideration.
Technical Theatre
  • BA Technical Theatre Arts & BA Video Design for Live Performance
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, applicants should prepare a portfolio of work relevant to their chosen pathway. Detailed information will be sent to applicants in advance of their interview.
  • MA Collaborative Theatre Production and Design
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, applicants should send a portfolio that demonstrates previous work related to their area of interest. This material should be securely bound and marked clearly with the applicant’s name. All supporting material must be received by the application deadline.
CREATIVE LEARNING
  • BA Performance and Creative Enterprise
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, applicants should submit an electronic portfolio to pace_applications@gsmd.ac.uk. This should include:
    – A ‘summary’ document that outlining the contents of the portfolio, i.e. a short description of each item. Works-in-progress are welcome.
    – Examples of work that best represents the candidate’s skills and interests. Depending on the art form, this might include: writing, poems, stories, lyrics, scripts / audio files / video files / picture files
    – Descriptions of projects in which they have participated
    – A document with links to other websites, e.g. Tumblr, Vimeo, SoundCloud etc.
RESEARCH
  • MPhil / PhD / DMus
    In addition to making an application by the deadline, applicants must submit a 1,000 word draft research proposal, outlining research questions and methodologies. Please note, as part of the application form, applicants will also be asked to write a personal statement. The personal statement should give a brief explanation about the candidate’s reasons for applying to the programme. This should include any information that the candidate thinks is relevant, and that has not already been included in the research proposal, work experience or qualification sections.

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All Other Material

Unless specifically requested, any other additional documentation such as covering letters, CVs, transcripts or extended personal statements are unnecessary and not required at the initial application stage. We will contact you if we require further information at a later point.

Please review your application before submission to ensure you have included all relevant information. We cannot guarantee that any additional information sent after the application has been submitted will be considered as part of the admissions process.

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