THIS TWO-YEAR COURSE OFFERS INTENSIVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS WHOSE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION OR PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ENABLES THEM TO LEARN AT A FASTER PACE, VALIDATED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT.
Concentrating on process and development, the course nurtures students’ versatility as actors – preparing them to gain and sustain employment in the industry.
Recent graduates of LAMDA’s two-year training include multi-award winners Chris O’Dowd (Sapphires), Rory Kinnear (Othello, National Theatre) and Ruth Wilson (Luther).
Note: Students who complete the Foundation Degree at the required level may progress to the one-year top-up BA (Hons) Theatre Arts.
Technical classes represent 60% of the course content in the first year. Students undertake classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, dance and stage combat. Many of these classes focus on developing intuition and instinct.
Workshop performances cover Jacobean, Restoration, Russian naturalism and contemporary texts; they are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation.
Television and film work begins at the end of the first year with an intensive introduction to screen acting. Students also embark on a New Writing Project, which continues for the duration of their course. Unique to LAMDA, it introduces students to a professional writer and director with whom they create a new play to perform publicly during their final year. Previous collaborators include Mike Akers, Simon Bent, Garry Lyons, Bola Agbaje, Kaite O’Reilly, James Dacre, Lisa Evans, Ella Hickson, Doug Lucie, Tim Luscombe, Amy Rosenthal, Josie Rourke, Jessica Swale, Ché Walker and Steve Waters.
Technical classes in the first term concentrate on disciplines and skills specific to the contemporary performance industry. Students train with professional directors, editors and sound and camera operators to create original short films; they also have screen audition practice. Alongside this work students prepare for a workshop performance of a Shakespeare text which then tours schools, in
preparation for future public performances.
For the remainder of the year, students perform in public productions staged in LAMDA’s new theatres - some of which may tour to venues across the UK and overseas. Technical classes support students throughout the final stages of their training.
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 the FdA 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 is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, most incoming students are 21 and over. 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 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 30 March 2018
Summer Term: 30 April to 20 July 2018
TUTITION FEES 2017/18
For UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £18,540 per year
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.