MA Directing



From guide to instigator, provocateur to collaborator, the director’s role is always changing. LAMDA has been training directors for almost 20 years and our graduates have gone on to work at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Young Vic.

The success of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, coupled with our commitment to preparing students for all aspects of performance production. This results in visionary and versatile directors who enjoy sustainable careers in the industry.

Course Content

Taking place over four terms, the course is delivered through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors.

During their first term, students observe and participate in core LAMDA acting classes – working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing, developing an understanding of the actor’s process. They receive tuition in pre-production planning, text analysis and interpretation, aesthetics and screen and audio training.

In the second term and third terms, students assist professional directors on three projects, one of which will be an original short film, or could be one of the plays commissioned by LAMDA as part of our New Writing Project. At the mid-point of their training, students collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre – an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned so far and develop their dramaturgical skills. These pieces are presented as a short workshop performance which are closed to the public. The directing students also have the opportunity to work on a speculative design project with a student designer. Additionally during these terms the students receive tuition in casting and auditioning, programming, dramaturgy, ways of devising and working internationally.

They also start pre-production work for their own showcase productions: selecting a play, securing the performance rights and working with a designer. The final term is dedicated to staging these plays.

Professional Preparation

Throughout the course, students undertake a number of assistant director attachments within LAMDA, working with both in-house and visiting directors. Phillip Breen, Sarah Esdaile, Michael Fentiman, Gwenda Hughes and Lisa Spirling are just five of the directors who have worked with our students in recent times.

In addition to extensive work on LAMDA productions, students receive masterclasses from visiting professional directors from across the spectrum of British theatre. Industry guests are invited to watch students’ final productions, which are staged at LAMDA.

Applicants must have completed a college or university course, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. They must have been sufficiently involved in theatre (professional or student) in order to demonstrate serious professional intent in pursuing a career as a director.

The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, incoming students are usually aged 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must be fluent English speakers or in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid ILETS test report with an overall score of 7.


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 a London interview: £54 by credit or debit card.

Please note that Skype interviews are available for first-round interviews for those based overseas only. Recalls will take place in London or New York only.


Autumn Term: 25 September to 15 December 2017
2nd Term: 8 January to 21 September 2018


For UK/EU students: £14,317 per year
For Non-EU students: £19,735 per year


  1. 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 his/her 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.
  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.


UK/EU students on this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan via the SLC (see page 37). US students should note that LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (school code: G21086). 


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.


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.  

“What I valued most about my time at LAMDA was the opportunity to develop new ideas with talented, committed young actors in an unfailingly positive environment.”

Polly Findlay
LAMDA alumna