Introduction to Screen Acting


Ideal for students with some theatre experience but who may not have worked on camera, this course explores the essential skills required for film and television acting.

Students work both one-to-one and in small groups with a professional director, learning how to interpret a screenplay and develop credible characters. This process includes devising material, practising continuity techniques and developing on-screen confidence by learning to watch yourself and others on monitor. 

Intro to Screen Acting, Student Quote

Scene-craft forms a core part of the course; students are guided through the practical skills needed to work on-set and the creative process of allowing the camera into an actor’s thoughts. Students learn how to break down a scene from the perspective of both the actor and director, have the opportunity to explore a variety of roles and have regular opportunities to watch their performances back on-screen with feedback.

The course also covers the actor’s relationship to post-production elements of film making, such as editing and sound, and includes additional contributions from visiting professionals.  At the end of the fortnight, students’ work is screened and mock-auditions will be held with a casting director.*

This course is an exciting opportunity to be immersed in a demanding and challenging environment which reflects the high standards of the television and film industry. Students will be supported to embrace and thrive in these surroundings with the guidance of a first-class team of tutors. 

*Please note that material recorded on this course cannot be made available for use outside of LAMDA. 

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 same course runs twice throughout summer: 7-21 August and 21 August-1 September. Use the buttons below to begin your application, based on your preferred course dates. 

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


The same course runs twice throughout the summer:

7 August – 18 August 2017
21 August – 1 September 2017 - Classes will take place on Saturday 26 August as Monday 28 is a bank holiday




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 with you to LAMDA 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. 

“I didn’t want to leave!”

Sandra Brooks
LAMDA Short Course student