London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Shakespeare Short Course


Our in-depth, practical Shakespeare short course is suitable for students of all abilities. Working in small groups, classes in acting, pure movement, physical theatre, stage combat, historical dance, Alexander Technique and singing equip course participants with practical skills, while specialist lectures focusing on textual analysis and historical background ensure they understand the context of Shakespeare’s writing. Shakespeare scene rehearsals give students a forum to apply and explore the techniques they have learned.

Students on the Shakespeare short course have the opportunity to visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company at work and to attend productions in London theatres such as Shakespeare’s Globe. The programme culminates in ‘open rehearsals’ of Shakespeare scenes for an audience of students and tutors.

Note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates. Students who complete this course receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate.

Please also note that as we have a new online application system, any users with accounts that were created before 30 September 2016 will need to create new accounts in order to apply online.

The minimum entry age for this course is 18 and applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Entry is by application with a short personal statement.


Applications open on 30 September 2016.

There is no application deadline for this course but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited. We are offering a tuition fee discount on applications received for this course by 1 April 2017. 

Online Application

Online application fee: £21


24 July – 18 August 17


Early bird offer (applications must be received before 1 April 2017): £2,318
Fee after 1 April 2017: £2,699


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.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. 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.


Course runs Monday to Friday (unless the course dates include a Bank Holiday), 35 hours per week. It is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

For international students: We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course. Please 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. 

Please note that these courses are not accredited in the United States. Any conversion to US credits is at the discretion of the Study Abroad office of the student’s home university. However, LAMDA recommends that, on the basis of the taught contact hours, the programme be placed at the equivalent of 4 US credits.

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 is underway and we plan to open the new building in 2016. As a result, some courses are likely to take place off-site.

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Esther Joy Mackay
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Applications Are Now Open

Applications for all of our Drama School courses are now open. As we have a new online application system, any users with accounts that were created before 30 September 2016 will need to create a new account in order to apply online.