The graduate diploma in Orchestral Studies is designed for specialised, intensive work in performance by talented instrumentalists who have already achieved a significant level of proficiency on the instrument of their choice, and whose career goal is to become orchestral musicians. Graduates of this program will be recognized as being fully-ready to hold a position in a world-class orchestra. The diploma program combines a tutorial/apprenticeship approach with graduate theoretical courses and a practical course dealing specifically with the challenges of a professional career as a musician. The diploma can normally be completed in one academic year (September to April) and consists of the courses listed below. The orchestral practicum will normally consist of students' performing in the OSO (Ottawa Symphony Orchestra) and other ensembles as assigned by the director of the program. The diploma may be pursued before, after or rather than the MMus. All students will be required to complete it within a maximum of three years. Graduates of the diploma who subsequently wish to pursue a master's in Music may apply for admission and complete the master's degree with credit granted for relevant diploma courses.