Introduction to Drama School

Introduction to Drama School



If you are thinking about applying to drama school, or if you have ever wondered what it's like to train as an actor, this course will help to answer your questions. Experience an introduction to life at drama school with LAMDA!

Intro to Drama School, Student Quote

Closely mirroring the work that takes place on LAMDA’s Foundation Diploma, students on this short course undertake training in acting, voice, movement, dance, improvisation and Shakespeare.

Working in small groups, with approximately 16 students per class, this course is led by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

Acting is taught within project rehearsals and the overall emphasis of the course is on performance-based work. At the end of the two-weeks students share their work with each other at an open rehearsal attended by LAMDA tutors and students.

This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates. Students who complete this course will receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate.

The minimum entry age for this course is 16 and applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.


Applications open on 30 September 2016.

There is no application deadline for this course but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

Online Application

Online application fee: £21


7 August – 18 August 2017




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.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. 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.


Course runs Monday to Friday (unless the course dates include a Bank Holiday), 35 hours per week. It is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

For international students: We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course. Please email our Admissions team on for more information. Any credit enquiries should be made to your home university or college. 

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.  

“LAMDA lets you be you, nurture your own talent and leave with the tools you want to take.”

James Harkness
LAMDA alumnus