Academy Diploma programme

The Academy Diploma programme is characterised by a high degree of individuality, offering opportunities for a tailor-made curriculum. This could be, for example, a comprehensive artistic education, postgraduate studies or bespoke specialisations. The focus, however, will unfailingly be on the main instrument/subject.

The main subject and chamber music lessons follow specific goals that are agreed upon between the artistic director of the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein, the main subject teacher and the student. The Academy Diploma programme will thus enhance professional qualifications, broaden concert experience and prepare the way for professional life in a practical manner.

The Academy Diploma programme is aimed at talented young musicians as a completion or extension to their studies at a state conservatoire or to the current Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The study programme is completed with our Academy Diploma.

The curriculum of this course enables our international teaching staff to accept foreign students even without a German language diploma.

Teaching staff
Our teachers dedicate themselves to (or can look back on) successful concert and stage careers. They offer students the highest level of experience and artistic practice in their teaching. There are no fixed teaching loads or class sizes at the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein, which allows for a flexible response to student demand and needs.

Admission requirements and study organisation
The Academy Diploma programme usually lasts 3 years and is concluded with a public concert as the final examination. After the first and second year of study, an intermediate examination must also be taken in the main subject.

Applicants must have a Higher Education Entrance Qualification. The knowledge of German is welcomed and encouraged, but is not a condition for enrolment. For the entrance examination three works from different stylistic periods are required.

The repertoire of the intermediate examinations and the public final concert are agreed individually with the main subject teacher and the artistic director of the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein.

The programme may start in the winter term (01 October to 31 March) or in the summer term (01 April to 30 September). At least 15 teaching units of the main subject are offered per term. In order to successfully complete the Academy Diploma programme, a high degree of commitment and independent work is expected.


Required documents
  • Copy of the school certificates
  • Photo
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Program for exam (about 15 minutes)