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 a wide range of classes to develop skills across the departments of acting, voice, movement, singing and music, alongside an introduction to screen and audio practice. Areas covered include stage combat, Alexander Technique, mask, vocal technique, dialects, singing and musicianship and group improvisation, as well as the craft, psychology and process of acting.

Technical classes represent 80% of course content in the first year; the remainder is dedicated to work on modern and contemporary scenes and the development of workshop productions of Jacobean and Greek drama. These productions are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation.

Year Two

The second year builds on core skills, with classwork across the departments accounting for 60% of the course content. In addition, students take part in various workshop performance projects, developing a range of styles and characters including Shakespearean, Restoration drama, 19th century Russian naturalism and musical theatre. Devised work includes a make-your own film assignment and a New Writing Project in which students collaborate with a professional external writer and director on the creation of a new play.

Year Three

The final year is structured around a sequence of public productions in LAMDA’s performance spaces – some of which may tour to venues across the UK and overseas. These productions are overseen by either an experienced in-house or external director and supported by technical classes as required by the work.Students complete the final phase of their screen acting, microphone and voiceover training, and develop their on-camera audition technique. These skills are showcased through participation in a radio play and a professionally directed and edited short film.

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 30 September 2016 and close on 1 March 2017. We cannot accept any application submitted after this deadline.

Online Application

Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £54 by credit or debit card.
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at a non EU venue: £85 by credit or debit card.

Term Dates for 2017/18

Autumn Term: 25 September to 15 December 2017
Spring Term: 8 January to 23 March 2018
Summer Term: 30 April to 20 July 2018

Tuition Fees 2017/18

For UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £18,540 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.

Visas and Immigration

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.


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

David Oyelowo
LAMDA alumnus