London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Foundation Degree Stage Management
& Technical Theatre





The course is practical and, where possible, tailored to meet individual students’ needs. Students develop invaluable transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and time management.

Our stage management and technical theatre alumni have excellent employment records; those who actively seek work find relevant jobs within weeks of graduation. If you train at LAMDA, you will be following in the footsteps of Sir Howard Panter (Joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group), Kevin Fitzmaurice (RSC producer and former Executive Director of the Young Vic), Luke Rittner (Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance), Olivier Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Chivers and David Grindrod (theatre and television casting director).

Note: Students who complete the Foundation Degree at the required level may progress to the one-year top-up BA (Hons) Theatre Production. This course enables students to specialise in one discipline and develop advanced production skills in this area. 

Looking for a stage management or scenic construction short course? Find out what’s on offer at LAMDA for summer 2016. 

Course Content

Year One

The first year of the course offers students a thorough grounding in four core disciplines – stage management, set construction, lighting and sound. Classes are given in stage management, production management, staging, prop making, lighting (including design), rigging, sound, set design, scenic construction, health and safety, first aid, fire safety, WYSIWYG and AutoCAD.

Alongside training in the core theatre disciplines, students receive an introduction to related areas within television and radio. These include the roles of the First Assistant, Director of Photography, Location Manager, along with sound recording both on location and post-production.

During the second and third terms, students work on LAMDA’s public productions – spending approximately six weeks in junior roles in the stage management, construction, lighting and sound departments. These productions play in repertoire in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres or other professional venues.

Year Two

In the second year, students undertake Head of Department roles on LAMDA shows, enabling them to strengthen their leadership skills. During the year, students may have an opportunity to transfer productions to theatres elsewhere in the UK and Europe.

As optional modules, there are also senior roles available on a variety of LAMDA’s film and radio productions. These productions are written, directed, shot, recorded and edited by current industry professionals.

Professional Preparation

Second year students complete two six-week work placements within the entertainment industry. These are designed to offer professional experience in an area of the student’s choice and LAMDA is currently the only UK drama school to offer two placements as standard. Many students go on to secure employment with their placement companies after graduation. Previous destinations include the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Autograph Sound, Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Opera House.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to network with current industry practitioners. They receive classes in taxation, interview technique and creating a professional portfolio. They also participate in mock interviews with visiting professionals, who provide valuable feedback.

The minimum entry age for this course is 18 and there is no upper age limit. There are no academic prerequisites for the course. Applicants must be fluent English speakers. 

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


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

Online Application

Online application fee for a London interview: £31 by credit or debit card or £42 by cheque.


Autumn Term: 19 September to 16 December 2016
Spring Term: 3 January to 13 April 2017
Summer Term: 24 April to 21 July 2017


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.


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 production work, as well as some classes and rehearsals, will take place off-site. 


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“I came to LAMDA due to the good reputation it holds within the theatre industry for stage managers and technicians. The atmosphere is great, everyone is really welcoming. LAMDA has done so much for me.”

Hannah Harte
LAMDA student