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A world-leading Higher Education provider, we offer exceptional vocational training to actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers, regardless of their background or economic circumstances.

We are also an awarding organisation, delivering Read More world-renowned qualifications in communication and performance and inspiring the next generation of confident communicators through our examinations in drama, literature and poetry.

We believe drama has the power to transform lives. We want more people to share in this experience through training, qualifications, work, productions and facilities.

Conservatoire training is, by its nature, selective as we train only the best – limiting our course numbers and teaching in small groups. The ensemble is at the heart of our work; drama is a collaborative art form and our training stresses the importance of collaboration to achieve excellence. The training is vocational because drama is a vocation and we are training students for a profession. The training is practical because drama is about doing and being.

We offer an inventive environment for artistic development; our commissioning and creative programme gives artists and practitioners time to reflect, examine their own practice and contribute to an ever-evolving industry.

We also strive for excellence in the development and assessment of our examinations so that we are respected as the leading awarding organisation in this discipline. Read Less

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Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

Do you have the determination and drive to achieve your creative potential? This BA acting course is designed to challenge and guide you to become an exceptional, independent artist. It will equip you with the knowledge, insight and techniques you need to thrive.

At the end of the course, you’ll be ready to contribute intellectually and imaginatively to the creative skills industry. You’ll be able to demonstrate your refined talent and performance abilities across a full range of dramatic work at the highest levels of the profession.

We won’t teach you just one methodology of acting, instead you’ll learn a wide range of techniques and skills, designed to provide you with the flexibility and knowledge to develop your own process and expression of the craft. These include traditional and established techniques and more contemporary techniques which harness the exciting world of new media.

We know learning technical skills and gaining a deep understanding of stage craft is important, but we also make sure our training techniques are up to date with the evolving world in which we live.

You’ll be encouraged to take an independent and imaginative approach to the craft, as you build a full range of relevant movement, voice, musical and acting skills.

Although rooted in established and traditional expertise, the skills you’ll learn will draw on the latest developments in the industry, enhanced both by the teaching staff’s know-how and by the advancements in performance technology which we have to hand in our future-facing facilities.

The ensemble is at the heart of how we’ll train you. Drama is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.

You’ll gain confidence during our organic training, learning that an authentic and enthusiastic approach is the best preparation for a life in a profession which will throw up constant challenges. You’ll learn how to meet these challenges head-on from the new knowledge and skills you’ll develop in your training.

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: MFA

This MFA Professional Acting course is a two year postgraduate programme for those who already have a BA or BFA degree, or comparable professional experience, and want to take the next steps to develop their talents further and become a successful, entrepreneurial, creative artist.

In the two years you’ll be working only in small-group classes and will receive constant, personalised feedback and support to advance your skill-set and accelerate your career.

You’ll develop an informed, open, yet questioning, approach to the craft of acting. This will set you up with the skills and confidence to become an independently-minded practitioner with considerable professional versatility and creativity.

This masters degree in acting provides rigorous, world-class conservatoire training combined with industry-level postgraduate project work. The course is open to those from any background, but especially for those who want to shake up the ecosystem of the creative skills industry, and use their abilities to challenge the status quo and shape new landscapes for dramatic art.

Course Duration: Two Years

Course Fee: £ 12360.00 For Year

Qualification Level: MA (Masters) Degree

Are you an international actor looking to deepen and develop your craft through an intensive exploration of classical plays?

Challenging and rewarding, this MA acting postgraduate course is for international students who wish to enhance and develop their craft through experiencing world-class British Conservatoire style training.

We have a long history of exemplary training for Classical Theatre. Prioritising ensemble work, this course builds upon this tradition and takes it further by exploring emerging new techniques and possibilities in contemporary theatre.

If you’re already working, you’ll be able to re-enter the industry after only a 12-month break, equipped with enhanced knowledge and a fuller skill set. We teach each student as an individual, which means that you’ll be able to build on your prior experience whilst encouraging your growth as a professional actor.

This course is only suitable if you have previous experience in the industry or a qualification in drama or acting.

Course Duration: One Year

Course Fee: £ 23200.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: Foundation

This exceptional drama foundation course in London is perfect if you have some experience in acting but would like to explore your potential and take your creativity to the next level.

It will give you a thorough grounding of all the core skills you’ll need to become a professional actor, or to pursue the many other careers in the creative skills industry, including writing, directing and designing.

This eight-month acting foundation course has a carefully designed curriculum and is one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK.

During a busy and intensive timetable, you’ll discover and develop your talent as you take classes in: improvisation, movement, physical theatre, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, historical dance, period studies, and stage combat.

You’ll practise your newly formed skills with closed workshop performances covering French comedy, Shakespeare, European naturalism and modern drama. You will be actively engaged in in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project.

The course culminates in the creation of an original piece of work, which you’ll conceive, create and write through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal.

Course Duration: One Year

Course Fee: £ 13397.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: Diploma

If you’re looking to develop your practical skills with advanced training, this 14-week accredited intensive diploma is for you.

Whether you’re a UK or international student, if you want to immerse yourself in classical texts and get specialist teaching from brilliant industry professionals, these are the courses for you.

They provide an intensive burst of British conservatoire training and take place each autumn and spring, and are carefully designed to deepen your engagement with classical texts and develop your repertoire of practical skills so you can achieve your potential as an actor.

Whether you choose Autumn or Spring, you’ll learn the essential core techniques through classes in acting, voice, movement, physical theatre, singing and historical dance.

The Autumn Semester course is structured around scene study workshops on Jacobean tragedy and Shakespeare’s late plays and comedies, whereas the Spring semester is based around scenes from Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, and from English Comedies of Manners.

As part of your training, you’ll go to West End productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Although you’ll be part of the LAMDA family for a short time, you will have the opportunities to fully immerse yourself in our bustling community. You’ll be welcomed to all LAMDA students’ union social events, get to explore London with new friends, and be invited to be part of our diverse and talented alumni group.

Course Duration: One Semester (14 Weeks)

Course Fee: £ 4625.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: MA (Masters) Degree

Contemporary and wide-ranging vocational postgraduate training for talented emerging directors.

We have been training visionary and versatile directors for almost 20 years, who have since built rewarding and sustainable careers in the industry. The transformational impact of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, a commitment to preparing you for all aspects of performance production and to nurturing the individuality of your focus and passion.

During this one-year postgraduate MA Directing programme you will build your practice through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. Your training will culminate with you directing a play of your choice which will be open to the public and to industry professionals.

In your first term, you will observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside postgraduate acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing in order to develop an understanding of the actor’s process.

You will participate in seminars in text analysis and interpretation, and the aesthetics and processes particular to screen, as well as directing your fellow students in short scene studies.

In your second and third terms, you will assist professional directors on projects, public productions, an original short film and an actors’ workshop at LAMDA. And during the Easter break, you will collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre - an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned and develop your dramaturgical skills.

Your year will finish with you directing and staging a play of your choice in one of our performance spaces for the public and invited industry professionals. Over the past two years, these guests have included Natalie Abrahami, Ned Bennett, Giles Croft, Mike Longhurst, Roxanna Silbert and Lyndsey Turner.

Course Duration: One Year

Course Fee: £ 15189.00 Full course fee

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