BA (Hons) Professional Acting

Get ready for an exhilarating and challenging journey to prepare you for life as an independent, creative professional actor.
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Overview

Minimum age
18

Academic requirements
None

Course length
T​​​​hree years

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £9,250 per year
International: £20,870 per year

Tuition fees are reviewed annually

Applications
Are now open

Application deadline
31 March 2021

Admission process
Application and audition

Degree awarded by
U​​​​niversity of Kent

Is this course for me?

Do you have the determination and drive to achieve your creative potential? This BA acting course is designed to challenge and guide you to become an exceptional, independent artist. It will equip you with the knowledge, insight and techniques you need to thrive.

At the end of the course, you’ll be ready to contribute intellectually and imaginatively to the creative skills industry. You’ll be able to demonstrate your refined talent and performance abilities across a full range of dramatic work at the highest levels of the profession.

We won’t teach you just one methodology of acting, instead you’ll learn a wide range of techniques and skills, designed to provide you with the flexibility and knowledge to develop your own process and expression of the craft. These include traditional and established techniques and more contemporary techniques which harness the exciting world of new media.

We know learning technical skills and gaining a deep understanding of stage craft is important, but we also make sure our training techniques are up to date with the evolving world in which we live.

Key information

You should be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply, as we assess this at the auditions. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place.

LAMDA does not make conditional offers, or adjust entry requirements according to non-academic criteria.

First year students

Autumn Term: Monday 13 September 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021  
Spring Term: Monday 10 January 2022 - Thursday 14 April 2022  
Summer Term: Monday 9 May 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022 

Second year students

Autumn Term: Monday 13 September 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021 
Spring Term: Monday 10 January 2022 - Thursday 14 April 2022 
Summer Term: Monday 9 May 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022 

Third year students

Autumn Term: Monday 13 September 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021 
Spring Term: Monday 10 January 2022 - Thursday 14 April 2022 (Some will finish production a week later) 
Summer Term: Monday 9th May 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022

Tuition fees

Academic year 2020/21:
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,259 per year

Course fees confirmed in an offer letter may be increased in further years of study by an inflationary amount determined in accordance with measures set by government.

Application/audition fees

Round 1 (self tape)
£12

Round 2 (audition on Zoom)
£0

Final recall
£36

All about the course

You’ll be encouraged to take an independent and imaginative approach to the craft, as you build a full range of relevant movement, voice, musical and acting skills.

The skills you’ll learn will draw on the latest developments in the industry, enhanced by your teachers’ knowledge and experience and supported by the advanced performance technologies which we have in our cutting-edge facilities.

The Ensemble is at the heart of how we’ll train you. Drama is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.

You’ll gain confidence during your training, learning that an authentic and enthusiastic approach is the best preparation for a life in a dynamic profession. You’ll learn how to meet challenges head-on from the new knowledge and skills you’ll develop in your training.

If you are a current or prospective student for 2020/21 or 2021/22, then your experience at LAMDA may differ from some of the information you will find on this page. LAMDA will be following the government’s guidance and measures as they evolve, in order to keep students, staff and visitors healthy and safe. This means the teaching, learning and assessment of our courses may alter.

If we are required to make changes, we will update you about these changes on our dedicated page here.

When we receive your application, our admissions team will send you up-to-date information about what you can expect from the process. If you have any questions, you can reach the team on [email protected].   

This page features a breakdown of all the course modules for this course. You may also find it helpful to read LAMDA’s COVID-19 Amended Delivery Overview. This document contains more information about our commitment to the students attending LAMDA in 2020/21, their experience and the way we intend to deliver courses. We hope it will help you make an informed choice about your studies.

We expect to be using blended learning methods in 2020/21 and 2021/22, and we may need to update the specific nature of delivery as guidance from UK and local government evolves. By accepting an offer and enrolling on to a course in 2020/21 or 2021/22 you are agreeing to the changes we make to course delivery for the sake of Covid-19 security. You can find further information about this on our FAQ page.

Current students should note that alongside the website, LAMDA will use email and our intranet, LAMDA World, to let you know about changes to the content, syllabus, mode of delivery, term dates and timetable, in line with our terms and condition

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the key skills you'll need for professional careers in all media areas, such as theatre, film, TV and audio drama. You will get to grips with the essential groundwork in core performance skills of acting, voice work, movement and music. Throughout the year you'll be guided through an exploration of the craft, psychology and process of acting, with personalised feedback and support.

Classes include acting study based on a range of techniques (for example, this may include improvisation, Laban, Michael Chekhov) and pure voice and movement training, singing (individual and group sessions) and a range of applied disciplines. You'll also be taking part in a range of workshop projects (indicative topics include contemporary, classical, Greek drama, artist-led and individual self-created work).

You’ll continue your professional and personal development through a range of varied classes.

You’ll start to explore a range of different characters and styles of acting through collaborative projects. This may include iconic American drama, comedy/absurdist drama, 19th and early 20th century European naturalism, contemporary texts, Shakespeare and musical theatre.

In a specific module, you will explore at more depth how to deliver convincing screen and audio performances. You will also collaborate with some of the UK’s most exciting industry leaders and practitioners and work with writers and directors to develop new work for the stage. For example, in the new writing project you’ll take part in workshops designed to develop a new play by an exciting contemporary playwright – discovering through the process the role that performers have in shaping scripts. Our current students have been working with writers such as Chinoyerem Odimba, Zodwa Nyoni, Barney Norris, Jon Brittain, Phil Porter, Rob Evans and Sam Potter.

For some examples of our screen and audio work, take a look at our graduate student films.

In your final year, you’ll strengthen your skillset and stretch your creative abilities as you perform in productions. Usually staged across our three performance spaces, these productions are directed by industry professionals and senior teaching staff, and are programmed to stretch your creative ability to its fullest.

Leading professionals will run workshops to share their invaluable insights, and you’ll receive lectures and guidance on all aspects of life as a professional actor including accounting, interview and audition techniques. You will also have access to a career counsellor throughout the year.

You will develop your skills by performing in a professionally written, directed, crewed and post-produced short film shot on location as well as working on audio drama in our own studio, and creating your own voice and show-reel. Recent LAMDA graduation films have been selected for national and international film festivals.

Throughout the year you’ll continue to receive voice, movement and singing support on all your projects. To support your transition into the industry, you’ll present two separate evenings shared with casting directors and agents, and you’ll gain audition experience with professional casting directors. If you’re eligible to work in the US, and are able to fund your own travel, accommodation and living expenses, you’ll be able to take part in showcases in New York and Los Angeles. LAMDA will be able to discuss with you the timings and level of support we can offer towards the end of your studies. Finally, a unique feature of this course is the chance to train to teach LAMDA Exams through a CPD accredited course.

What will I be doing?

Each day will be different, but you can expect the teaching to take shape in any of the following formats:

  • Tutor-led class work
  • Tutor-led tutorials
  • Guest lectures, workshops and seminars
  • Research projects
  • Collaborative learning, including scene studies, workshops, rehearsals and performances, and devising and making processes
  • Non-mediated student learning to encourage self-reflective practice
  • Peer evaluations – a central part of actor training in an ensemble situation

This course has a maximum intake of only 30. Depending on the class, there are usually between seven and 15 students in each group. The tutor will work closely with you in this group setting with opportunities for personalised one-on-one training where appropriate.

All teaching staff are experienced and active industry professionals. In addition, many key staff hold, or are working towards, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London, although course components may be offered either by blended learning (a mix of online and onsite delivery) or entirely online.

If your final year production goes on tour, you may go to other locations in the UK and overseas.

Your outline timetable will be produced before each term starts, so that you can start planning your schedule. A detailed weekly timetable, which includes the specific rooms, is produced at the end of the week before it is delivered. There are three terms per year, beginning in September, January and April.

You’ll be expected to train for approximately 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

We are currently reviewing our course teaching timetable, so the term dates and timetable for 2021/22 onwards, and some of the details of the course content, may change after you have applied. You’ll be consulted before any significant changes.

Our student and academic services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia or dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support you.

Student and academic services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support your physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. You’ll also have free online support with our digital health and well-being platform Togetherall.com

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed continuously during all your classes and rehearsals. There will also be a summative assessment which takes place at the end of each term or performance project, and typically includes marks for preparation, process and outcome.

Besides the daily feedback from teaching staff in classes and rehearsals, you will also receive detailed written feedback at the end of every term and, for final year students, at the end of each production.

Credits: 360 credits in total (each year is 120 credits)

All modules each year are compulsory.

Year one (pass/fail)

  • Building the Craft of Acting (40 credits)
  • Movement & Physical Development 1 (35 credits)
  • Vocal Techniques, Development & Application (35 credits)
  • Singing & Musicianship 1 (5 credits)
  • Screen & Audio 1 (5 credits)

Year two (40% of final degree mark)

  • Developing the Craft of Acting (40 credits)
  • Movement & Physical Development 2 (30 credits)
  • Vocal Techniques, Development & Application 2 (30 credits)
  • Singing & Musicianship 2 (10 credits)
  • Screen & Audio 2 (10 credits)

Year three (60% of final degree mark)

  • Applying the Craft of Acting in Performance (75 credits)
  • Performance – Movement (15 credits)
  • Performance – Voice (15 credits)
  • Screen & Audio 3 (15 credits)

LAMDA’s higher education qualifications are all currently awarded by the University of Kent. However, we’re undergoing a process which may result in LAMDA awarding our own degrees. If this is the case, we’ll let you know, and if you’re already enrolled with us you’ll be able to choose whether you would prefer to receive your award from the University of Kent or from LAMDA directly.

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At LAMDA, we’re a family. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to feel at home. Read on for more information about accommodation, visas, healthcare, housing, insurance and student support.

Three LAMDA students sitting in a car, taken from short film The Club

Your future career

When you graduate, you’ll leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Agents and casting directors are invited to sharing productions and film screenings.

You’ll also have access to the Genesis LAMDA Network when you graduate which provides mentoring and a bridge into the industry.

In your final year, our Industry Liaison Associate will promote opportunities to attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals.

Eligible to work in USA or Canada?

If you are eligible to work in the USA or Canada, and are able to fund your own travel, accommodation and living expenses you can participate in our US showcase.

The staffing, timings, and level of support that may be offered will change annually and be communicated by LAMDA to prospective participants towards the end of their studies.

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