Jazz certificates and diplomas
In 1994 the University of St Andrews established the Scottish Certificate in Jazz and followed this in 1995 with the Advanced Diploma. In response to numerous enquiries from former students, the Graduate Diploma in Jazz was launched in 2009. The certificate and diplomas are aimed at professional, semi-professional and aspiring musicians. The courses run throughout the academic year and consist of study days, contact days and a final study weekend in St Andrews, combined with distance learning.
The courses are held in the Music Centre based at Younger Hall, North St, St Andrews. This large building houses a concert hall seating up to 1,000 people and is the main concert venue in St Andrews. It hosts performances by professional and amateur musicians, including regular visits by the University’s Orchestra in Residence the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a series of chamber music concerts by internationally renowned artists, weekly Wednesday lunchtime concerts, jazz nights and much more.
The University of St Andrews offers three part-time courses in jazz:
Scottish Certificate in Jazz
The aim of the Scottish Certificate in Jazz is to provide a grounding in jazz performance skills for jazz musicians who wish to expand their academic understanding, and also for musicians with no jazz experience who are eager to develop their work in this style, either for performance or teaching.
Advanced Diploma in Jazz
The aim of the Advanced Diploma in Jazz is to increase the knowledge and extend the skills of jazz musicians.
Graduate Diploma in Jazz
The aim is to provide a professional training in jazz performance skills with supporting theoretical studies.
Fees and funding
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Course fees are non-refundable. If after the first study day you decide that you do not wish to continue with the course, you must notify the course coordinator in writing within seven days.
The St Andrews jazz courses are approved for funding by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The SAAS part-time fee grant is available for students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland and have an individual income of £25,000 or less. For more information please see the SAAS part-time fee grant page.