MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre

Are you an international actor looking to deepen and develop your craft through an intensive exploration of classical plays?
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Overview

Minimum age
18, but most students are 21 and over

Academic requirements
This course is for international students with a BA or BFA degree or equivalent, or comparable professional or vocational experience

Course length
One year

Tuition fees
For academic year 2020/21:
£24,700 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?

This challenging and rewarding MA acting postgraduate course is for international students who wish to enhance and develop their craft through experiencing world-class conservatoire training.

We have a long history of exemplary training for classical theatre. Prioritising ensemble work, this course builds upon this tradition and takes it further by exploring emerging new techniques and possibilities in contemporary theatre.

This immersive MA will advance your knowledge and give you a fuller skillset to draw on in your work. We teach each student as an individual, which means that you’ll be able to build on your prior experience whilst encouraging your growth as a professional actor.

This course is only suitable if you have previous experience in the industry or a qualification in drama or acting.

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.

This course is only suitable if you have previous experience in the industry or a qualification in drama or acting.

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 

Final Term
Monday 1 August 2022 - Thursday 8 September 2022

Tuition fees

For academic year 2020/21:
£24,700 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/interview fees

£12

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All about the course

This intensive masters degree in acting is delivered through an inspiring and exhilarating programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, culminating in a shared performance in our largest performance space, The Sainsbury Theatre.

Working on plays from the Shakespearean, Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, French classical and Restoration periods you will discover how classical theatre translates across centuries, cultures and languages, and build an awareness of their historical, political and social context, and their impact on modern theatre.

You will take classes in craft skills to develop and strengthen your existing abilities and prepare you for the rehearsal process. Delivered throughout the year in long modules, these will include acting (voice, textual analysis and contextual studies), movement, music and singing.

You will progress through the application of your acquired knowledge of both theory and practice as it relates to the intelligent exploration and development of original characters. And you will also complete a thesis presentation reflecting on the relationship between your classical training and contemporary theatre practice.

Your intensive year will culminate in the staging of a Shakespeare production to which agents and casting directors are invited.

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

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.

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 wellbeing platform – Togetherall

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 its 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.

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Your future career

Agents and casting directors are invited to attend the production at the end of the course. Towards the end of your degree, you’ll gain professional insight through three masterclasses with industry professionals. We also share some digital work from your time at LAMDA on our website, which industry professionals can engage with.

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.

Apply now

Applications are open. Applying to LAMDA can be done quickly and easily. You can pause and resume your application at any time. Just make sure you submit your application by the deadline.

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