London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

BA (Hons) Professional Acting





The course stretches students physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively – preparing them to meet the highest demands of the profession.

2013 Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway (Best Actor for The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time, National Theatre) graduated from this course in 2006. Other alumni who completed the three-year training at LAMDA include Jim Broadbent (Iris), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!), Brian Cox CBE (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena), David Oyelowo (The Butler), David Suchet CBE (Poirot) and Dame Harriet Walter DBE (Law & Order: UK).

Course Content

Year One

Students undertake technical classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, stage combat and dance. They are also introduced to screen acting. Technical classes represent 80% of the course content; the rest is dedicated to scene study work on comedy, Jacobean, Greek and contemporary drama. Students present four workshop performances, which are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation.

Year Two

Classwork represents 60% of the course content and includes intensive audio and screen acting modules. In addition, students rehearse and present workshop performances of Shakespeare, Restoration drama, 19th century Russian naturalism and musical theatre. These performances are closed to the public. Second year projects include our Make Your Own Film module and the LAMDA Long Project – in which students collaborate with a professional writer and director to produce the first draft of a new play. This may become a public LAMDA production in their final year. Robin Soans’ Mixed Up North – originally developed as a LAMDA Long Project – went on to tour the UK as an Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton production.

Year Three

Students perform public productions in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres – some of these productions tour to venues across the UK and abroad. Students complete the final phase of their screen acting, voice-over and microphone training. They create a professionally directed and edited short film, record a radio play, complete a professional voice reel and continue to develop their on-camera audition technique. Technical classes support our students throughout their final year.

Professional Preparation

Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. In addition, graduating students present an industry showcase in a West End theatre each year. Those eligible to work in the USA are also able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. All students who graduate from LAMDA’s BA (Hons) Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Students attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Career guidance is provided by LAMDA’s careers team and an independent industry consultant, Sarah Trevis.

The minimum entry age for this course is 18. There is no upper age limit. 

There are no academic prerequisites for this course. Applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Admission is by audition and interview. Click here to read more about our audition process.


Applications open on 1 October 2015 and close on 1 March 2016. We cannot accept any application submitted after this deadline.

Online Application

Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £49 by credit or debit card or £63 by cheque
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at a non EU venue: £77 by credit or debit card or £87 by cheque.

Term Dates for 2016/17

Autumn Term: 26 September to 16 December 2016
Spring Term: 9 January to 24 March 2017
Summer Term: 8 May to 21 July 2017

Tuition Fees 2016/17

For UK / EU students: £9,000 per year
For Non-EU students: £18,000 per year


  1. Fees for each term must be paid in advance and no later than the date specified in the student’s offer letter. Any student who is in arrears with regard to his/her fees will not be able to progress with their training until all outstanding monies owed to LAMDA are paid. Students who have not paid fees in full prior to completing their programme of study will have their degree withheld until such payments are made.
  2. Students, in exceptional circumstances, intending to leave LAMDA must give at least one full term's notice in writing of such intention to the Principal. Students will be liable for fees throughout the notice period (eg. if a student leaves halfway through the autumn term, they are liable for the remainder of the fees for that term and the full fees for the following spring term). This is only relevant to students who are not paying fees through the Student Loans Company.
  3. In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.


UK & EU students

You may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme. Click here for further information.

For US students

LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086). Click here for more information.

Non-US International Students

Students should be self-financing. Click here for more information on funding your training.


LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Click here for some useful links.

Immigration and Visas

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Click here for more information.


Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.

Note: We are redeveloping the west end of our campus to create a professionally equipped 200-seat theatre and 12 new studios, including a flexible performance space and a screen and audio suite. Construction begins in summer 2014 and we plan to open the new building in 2016. All courses will operate as normal throughout the build, but some classes and rehearsals may take place off-site.


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“Thank you LAMDA for giving me the three most formative years of my life.”

David Oyelowo
LAMDA alumnus