Guildhall School of Music and Drama Qualifications

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Qualifications

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Qualifications

Academic Entry Criteria

Academic entry criteria – undergraduate

By the first day of the programme all applicants should be able to provide documentary evidence to confirm passes in one of the following requirements (combinations of qualification types are also acceptable):

 

Qualifications Grade
2 A-Levels (GCE Advanced A2) Pass (grades A-E)
Double A-Level (GCE Advanced A2 double units) Pass (grades A-E)
BTEC (QCF) National Extended Diploma PPP
BTEC (QCF) National Diploma PP
4 Scottish Highers Grade D or above
5 Highers – Irish Leaving Certificate Grade C or above
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
in addition to satisfactory completion of the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay and CAS
24 points
2 Advanced Vocational Certificates of Education (AVCE) Pass (grades A-E)
Diploma in Foundation Studies Pass
Double Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE double units) Pass (grades A-E)
Access to HE Diploma Pass
International Qualifications Please click here for a list of equivalent overseas qualifications

Please contact registry@gsmd.ac.uk if your qualification is not listed. Other qualifications may be considered.

Applicants from overseas can also refer to the International Students page for more information on life at the School.

Additional requirements – undergraduate

BA Technical Theatre Arts & BA Video Design for Live Performance candidates are additionally required to have achieved a Grade B in GCSE English Language, English, English Language and Literature or English Literature prior to interview.  Applicants without this qualification will be asked to complete a written test which will be given on the day of interview. Applicants will then be required to submit their completed work within a week of the interview date.

Please note that graded music and drama examinations are not accepted as equivalent qualifications.

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 (including advanced standing) but who do not meet the standard entry requirements may still be considered. These applicants would be expected to provide alternative evidence of their ability to benefit from the programme including an additional written test.

Academic entry criteria – postgraduate

Acting

MA in Acting

Applicants should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours, or international equivalent.

MA in Training Actors (Voice) or (Movement)

Applicants should normally have completed three years NCDT-accredited Drama training and also have some years of professional experience. However applications are also encouraged from applicants with commensurate qualifications and experience who can demonstrate alternative evidence of their ability.

Music

Guildhall Artist Masters (Performance, Leadership & Composition)

Applicants should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours in Music, or international equivalent, as a result of completing a minimum of three years in a music college or university music department. Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience.

MA Music Therapy

Applicants should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours in Music, or international equivalent, as a result of completing a minimum of three years in a music college or university music department. However, graduates in a different discipline or professional musicians of some years’ standing may be accepted, provided they demonstrate appropriate musicianship skills at audition. The School has trained students from a range of backgrounds including medicine, nursing, social work, neurobiology, languages, education and psychology.

MA Opera-Making & Writing

–    Composition Pathway
Applicants should normally have obtained an upper second class honours undergraduate degree in music with a composition specialism, or international equivalent. However, graduates in a different discipline will be considered provided the quality of their composition is equivalent to the expected academic standards for this FHEQ level 7 programme.

–    Writing Pathway
Applicants should normally have obtained an upper second class honours undergraduate degree in an arts subject, or international equivalent. However, graduates in a different discipline will be considered provided the quality of their writing portfolio is equivalent to the expected academic standards for this FHEQ level 7 programme.

Artist Diploma

Applicants should normally have obtained a two-year full-time Masters of Music Degree or international equivalent. This programme is for advanced students with exceptional individual aptitude and represents academic progression for Masters students, providing specialist, professional training.

Technical Theatre

MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design

Applicants should normally have obtained an upper second class undergraduate degree with Honours (or international equivalent) in a subject relevant to the applicant’s area of interest.

Research and Teaching

Applicants for a Music doctorate should normally have obtained an MMus or equivalent Master’s degree in addition to a BA (Hons) degree in music (upper 2nd or 1st class). Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience.  Composers and performers are expected to be at an advanced stage of creative practice at the point of application.

Applicants for the Drama doctorate should normally have obtained a Master’s degree relating to theatre or a Master’s degree in any subject and evidence of relevant professional theatre activity. Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience.

Applicants for the Music Therapy doctorate are expected to have significant previous engagement with music at master’s-level or equivalent professional experience.  In addition, if the research proposal includes delivering music therapy clinical work as part of the PhD, the candidate should be fully qualified and registered by the HCPC.  If the research proposal relates to music therapy practices but does not involve delivering clinical work, then the candidate must have a master-level Music Therapy qualification.

Applicants for all other doctorates should normally have obtained a Master’s degree in a relevant subject in addition to a Bachelor’s honours degree. Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience.

Applicants for the PGCert Performance Teaching should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree in music performance, acting, dance or technical theatre arts or equivalent qualification. An applicant without an undergraduate degree may be eligible for non-standard entry and will be required to supply additional documentation, for example a professional CV and an academic essay.

Additional requirements – postgraduate

Guildhall Artist Masters – Leadership and MA Music Therapy applicants must receive a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB) must be received by the start of the programme. More information on the DBS checks can be found on the Gov.uk website.

English Language Entry Criteria

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