Program Overview

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.


WellingtonNew Zealand

  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 39,450


IELTS: 6.5

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Pathway to the Artist Diploma
To be eligible for the ArtDip programme, you are normally expected to have completed a Master of Music (MMus) in Performance, with Distinction or Merit. You'll also need to pass an audition.

Academic requirements for international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

  • 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 one of the following:


  • IELTS (Academic): 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)

  • EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

  • C1 Advanced (Previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (Previously – Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with a score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169.

  • New Zealand Certificates in English Language (NZCEL): Level 5 (Academic)

  • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2)

Important information


  • If you want to enrol in this programme but don't meet some of the entry requirements, you should contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services office to discuss your options.


Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to:

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

Estimated international fees for 2023 
NZ$39,450 approx. per 120 points

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