The Artist Diploma (AD) is the most advanced non-academic performance program offered at The Hartt School. It has performance classes equivalent to the level of the doctoral programs without the additional study in music theory and music history. The AD requires a residence of two years and a minimum of 24 earned credits. Full-time course load is 6 to 9 credits per semester. The Artist Diploma must be completed within four years from the date of matriculation.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate advanced technical and artistic abilities, and may choose from a major in composition, instrumental performance, or vocal performance. A graduate diploma, certificate, master's degree, or an equivalent from an accredited institution or from a comparable foreign school is required for admission.