London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

LAMDA Semester Programme
Classical Acting






There are very limited places available for our autumn course and applications for our spring course are now being accepted. Click on the tabs below to find out more about dates, fees and how to apply.

Based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean or English Comedy of Manners playwrights, this course is designed to deepen students’ engagement with classical texts and develop their skills. Intensive and entirely practical, it offers international students an exhilarating introduction to British conservatoire training.

You will take technical classes in acting, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, movement and physical theatre, stage combat and historical dance. You will also take part in three workshops, rehearsing scenes and finally a play from classical texts and performing them to your peers. You will attend a variety of London theatre productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe.The course includes a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Our Semester Programme Classical Acting consists of four individual modules that are validated by the University of Kent.

We offer our Semester Programme Classical Acting each autumn and spring. 

In the autumn, scene study and workshop performances centre around Shakespeare’s romances and comedies, as well as Jacobean tragedy. Students on our spring diploma cover Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, as well as English Comedies of Manners. All workshop performances are closed to the public.

Our Semester Programme Classical Acting consists of four individual modules that are validated by the University of Kent.

Minimum entry age is 18 and applicants must be fluent English speakers. Whilst we do not require you to meet any academic prerequisites for entry onto this course, your home university or college may do so.

Entry is by application, not audition.


There are no set application deadlines for the Semester Programme Classical Acting but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

You may apply directly or through your home university or college. We are also happy to accept applications from individuals who are not currently studying at university or college.

Online Application

Online application fee: £21

Click here to apply online.

Paper Application

Paper application fee: £32

You can download and print the paper application form below.

Click here for more information on our application process.


DATES 2017

Spring Semester: 9 January to 14 April 2017
Autumn Semester: 12 September to 16 December 2016


Spring Semester Programme: £8,914
Autumn Semester Programme: £8,914

Note: 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. 


There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Click here for information on making independent applications for funding.

If you are currently studying at a university or conservatoire, your home campus may be able to provide you with further information on funding for Study Abroad Programmes. Our semester programmes are not eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program. Click here for more information regarding loans and funding sources for Non-EU international students.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to semester course students. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Click here for more information. 


If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa prior to entry to the UK if you are a visa national or upon entry to the UK if you are a non-visa national. It is each student’s responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at LAMDA.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor’s Visa if your intention is to study on this course. If you do not have a valid visa, you will not be allowed to study at LAMDA.

Please note that you need to bring your passport on the first day of your course.

See this website for more information.


Students train for a minimum of 30 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

Coursework is assessed according to working criteria of the UK’s higher education system. We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course to assist with credits. Email our Admissions team on for more information. Any credit enquiries should be made to your home university or college.

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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“An amazing addition to my training at Boston University. The classical work sharpened my tools and gave me a broader range in both my acting and in life.”

Brian Rieger
LAMDA Semester Diploma student