MaconCatalog : Townsend School of Music : Artist Diploma
Artist Diploma
Program Description
The Artist Diploma is a non-degree program that admits only artistically gifted and motivated students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in music. Because the Artist Diploma (AD) is a performance-enhancing program, the awarding of the AD is assessed on the attainment of a level of artistry commensurate with the professional performance standards as determined by the Artist Diploma committee. This will be evaluated through at least one recital per year and through performances in chamber and major ensembles. The focus of the AD is to achieve the highest level of performance and to allow the student to develop in both artistry and professionalism. It is a four-semester program that is structured to the individual student’s needs and focuses on the practical aspects of musical performance.
As part of their program responsibilities, Artist Diploma students play an active role in the musical life of the School of Music during the four-semester program, fully participating in institutional performance and outreach and demonstrating their commitment to musical artistry.
Students enrolled solely in the Artist Diploma program do not qualify for federal financial aid, per University policy. Students enrolled in the Artist Diploma program may receive scholarship awards for a maximum of four semesters.
Admission Requirements
To be accepted into the Artist Diploma program the applicant must:
Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution
Submit a completed Application Form with a nonrefundable application fee of $100 (U.S.) payable to Mercer University. This fee must accompany the application
Provide official transcripts of all academic records sent in a sealed envelope from all colleges and universities attended
Submit a curriculum vita (summarizing academic, performance, and employment information
Submit a repertory list of major performance area
Present an audition demonstrating a high level of performance ability. All audition requirements will be parallel to those on the graduate-level audition requirements. A live audition is necessary for unconditional acceptance into the AD program. A student may receive a conditional acceptance into the program by submitting a videotape, compact disc, or DVD recording. However, a live audition must occur during the first month of residency in order to continue in the program. Specific audition requirements for each applied area can be found on the graduate admission page on the School of Music webpage:
Submit official scores from TOEFL (if applicable). The proficiency level desired for qualified applicants whose native language is not English is a minimum TOEFL score of 80 IBT (internet based TOEFL), 213 CBT (computer based TOEFL), or 550 PBT (paper based TOEFL)] or IELTS score of 6.5. A score of 22 is required on the verbal communications portion of the test.