LAMDA Semester Programme Classical Acting

LAMDA Semester Programme
Classical Acting






Our Spring Semester 2018 is now open. Applications are still open for our Autumn Semester 2017. Click on the tabs below to find out more about dates, fees and how to apply.

Based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean playwrights (autumn semester) or English Comedy of Manners playwrights (spring semester), this course is designed to deepen students’ engagement with classical texts and develop their practical skills. This popular course is an exhilarating introduction to vocational training in the UK.

The programme features a series of visits to West End productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Students are welcomed into LAMDA and, depending the time of year that they join us, can take part in popular events such as Dance Night, the annual carol concert, Poetry Night and student union activities, while enjoying life in London.

Students work in small groups and undertake a minimum of 30 hours practical work a week. All classes and rehearsals are compulsory. Technical classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, stage combat and historical dance represent 60% of the overall course content.

In the autumn, scene study and workshop performances centre upon Shakespeare’s romances and comedies, as well as Jacobean tragedy. Students on our spring course cover Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, as well as English Comedies of Manners. All performances are closed to the public.

The programme consists of four modules at HE Level 5, each of which is validated by the University of Kent.  As a whole, it is valued at 60 UK credits.  This is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits or 15 US credits.

Minimum entry age is 18 and applicants must be fluent English speakers. Whilst we do not require you to meet any academic prerequisites for entry onto this course, your home university or college may do so.

Entry is by application, not audition.


There are no set application deadlines for the Semester Programme Classical Acting but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

You may apply directly or through your home university or college. We are also happy to accept applications from individuals who are not currently studying at university or college.

Online Application

Online application fee: £21

DATES 2017/18

Autumn Semester: 11 September to 15 December 2017

Spring Semester: 8 January to 13 April 2018 (no classes are scheduled to take place on Friday 30 March as it is a bank holiday; these classes will instead take place on another date TBC)


Spring Semester Programme: £9,181
Autumn Semester Programme: £9,181

Note: 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. 


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.

If you are currently studying at a university or conservatoire, your home campus may be able to provide you with further information on funding for Study Abroad Programmes. Our semester programmes are not eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program. Click here for more information regarding loans and funding sources for Non-EU international students.


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


Students train for a minimum of 30 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

Course work is assessed in relation to UK higher education marking criteria. Transcripts can be provided on request upon successful completion of the course, along with information about grading assessments to assist with a conversion to credits, subject to the appropriate policies of a student’s home university. For further details, contact

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 some classes and rehearsals may take place off-site. 

“An amazing addition to my training at Boston University. The classical work sharpened my tools and gave me a broader range in both my acting and in life.”

Brian Rieger
LAMDA Semester Diploma student