LAMDA Foundation Diploma




The course is designed for students with less experience and for those who wish to develop their skills before pursuing additional vocational training. The content and intensity of the curriculum make this one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK.

Graduates of this course have gone on to act professionally or to pursue further training at LAMDA and many other vocational schools and universities. Others are enjoying successful careers as writers, directors, designers and theatre critics.

The course is taught through a combination of technical classes, scene study and workshop presentations, which are closed to the public. Technical classes – including acting, audition technique, improvisation, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, dance, playwriting, set design and stage combat – represent 60% of the overall course content.

Scene study and workshop presentations cover Shakespeare, Russian naturalism and modern drama. Students participate in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project. They also collaborate with a writer and director to create a piece of new work through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to see as much theatre as possible and to attend exhibitions at art galleries and museums.

Note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited diplomas.

If you are applying for this course, you may also be interested in our Introduction to Drama School and Audition Technique short courses.

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/or interview, depending on experience and career intent. Click here to read more about our audition/interview process.


Applications open on 30 September 2016 and close on 1 May 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.


Autumn Term: 11 September 2017 to 15 December 2017
Spring Term: 8 January 2018 to 13 April 2018


The tuition fee for this course is £12,628


  1. Fees for this course 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 diploma 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).
  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.


No UK government funding is available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Each year, one student receives a full tuition fee scholarship, awarded at LAMDA’s discretion. We notify the person who has been selected to receive this scholarship when we offer them a place on the course. There is no prior application process and all applicants are automatically considered. There are no other LAMDA Scholarships or Bursaries for this course. Click here for more information on making independent applications for funding.


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.


Current UK Border Agency Regulations stipulate that non-EU/non-EEA students will not be granted visas to attend this course. This is because the qualification is not validated by a UK university.


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.

“LAMDA’s Foundation Diploma is the perfect introduction for anyone interested in working in theatre.”

Henry Lewis
LAMDA alumnus