LAMDA Foundation Diploma

Experience one of the best acting foundation courses in the UK, with world-class training and incredible opportunities.
Train at LAMDA on the Foundation Diploma in Acting course


Minimum age

Academic requirements

Course length
One year

Tuition fees
For academic year 2020/21:

Tuition fees are reviewed annually

Are now closed for this course starting in autumn 2020. Applications for 21/22 will open in October 2020

Admission process
Application and audition

Is this course for me?

This exceptional drama foundation course in London is perfect if you have some experience in acting but would like to explore your potential and take your creativity to the next level. 

It will give you a thorough grounding of all the core skills you’ll need to become a professional actor, or to pursue the many other careers in the creative skills industry, including writing, directing and designing. 

Key Information

You need to be a fluent English speaker to apply for this course.

Due to visa restrictions, we can only accept UK applicants onto the Foundation diploma.

Autumn Term: 12 October - 18 December 2020
Spring Term: 4 January - 9 April 2021

Tuition fees
For academic year 2020/21:

Tuition fees are reviewed annually

Application/audition fees

UK/EU auditions
First round audition fee: £12
Recall audition fee: £24


There is no UK government funding available for this course. If you're thinking of applying, you will need to be self-financing.

However, each year we award a full tuition fee scholarship to one student on the Foundation Diploma. There is no application process - if you are chosen to receive this scholarship, we will let you know when we offer you a place on the course.

All about the course

This eight-month acting foundation course has a carefully designed curriculum and is one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK.

During a busy and intensive timetable, you’ll discover and develop your talent as you take classes in: improvisation, movement, physical theatre, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, historical dance, period studies, and stage combat. 

You’ll practise your newly formed skills with closed workshop performances covering French comedy, Shakespeare, European naturalism and modern drama. You will be actively engaged in in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project.

The course culminates in the creation of an original piece of work, which you’ll conceive, create and write through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal.

Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London. 

You will undertake a minimum of 35 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal, and you will receive your full timetable before you start the course.

This course is one of our own range of non-accredited diplomas. It is not validated by a higher education provider such as the University of Kent.

Our 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.

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 wellbeing platform - Togetherall.

We're here to help

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.

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Your future career

Many graduates of this foundation acting course have gone on to act professionally or to pursue further full-time training with LAMDA, other vocational drama schools and universities. The course is also a valuable foundation for many other careers in the dramatic arts, including writing, directing and designing.

This course is one of our own range of non-accredited diplomas. It is not validated by a higher education provider such as the University of Kent.


Applications for our full-time courses open this Autumn - sign up here and we'll email you when they open. You can still apply for an intensive summer short acting course. Applying to LAMDA can be done quickly and easily. You can pause and resume your application at any time.