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Artist Diploma

TCU’s artist diploma provides intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers in preparation for a concert career. This program accepts only the most advanced and gifted performers who demonstrate serious potential to become concert artists through their performance and credentials.

The artist diploma is a three-year program (two-year in Voice/Opera) available in both a pre-baccalaureate and a post-baccalaureate track.

An audition is required. Admission to the program is allowed only upon the recommendation of the appropriate applied studio faculty and the approval of the School of Music director.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in this program.

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For more information about the Artist Diploma program at TCU, contact:
Paul Cortese
Assistant Director for Operations


Step 1:

Complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application and upload your high-quality video file, résumé and letter of intent. 3 recommendations are required.
Applications open on September 1.  Application fee is $80.

  • Applicant will submit a pre-screening video performance for review; those that qualify receive an invitation to perform a live audition.
  • All international applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Those scoring below a 75 will be required to interview with a faculty committee in the area, either in person or via Skype, as a part of the admissions decision.

Application Deadline is February 15, 2020.

Step 2:

Order Transcripts

  • Please request one official, sealed transcript or graduation certificate be sent to TCU either electronically* or by mail/courier service**
  • This document should represent the highest level of education you have completed or are currently completing.
  • This document must be received before your application will be reviewed and processed.

*Transcripts/Graduation Certificates sent in an electronic format using a service such as Electronic transcripts should be sent to Dr. Paul Cortese at

** Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
via U.S. Postal Service
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Dr. Paul Cortese
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129

via Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, UPS)
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Dr. Paul Cortese
2800 S. University Drive
Ed Landreth Hall, Suite 120
Fort Worth, TX 76129

If using the U. S. Postal Service, the School of Music recommends that applicants send their materials First Class Mail and utilize the USPS’s Delivery Confirmation Service.

Step 3: International Students Only

Complete the required International Student Financial Statement found online at: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires evidence of sufficient financial resources for the duration of studies and sponsorship verification before issuing the I-20 or DS2019 (required to obtain a visa). All documents must be original and submitted with official English translations.

2020 Artist Diploma Audition Dates

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020

Audition Requirements for Artist Diploma Program