MA Directing

Contemporary and wide-ranging vocational postgraduate training for talented emerging directors.


Minimum age
18, but most students are 21 and over

Academic requirements
Degree, or similar professional experience

Course length
One year

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £16,115 per year
International: £22,215 per year

Tuition fees are reviewed annually

Applications for 2021/22 entry have now closed. Applications for 2022/23 will open in the autumn.

Application deadline
31 May 2021. Recalls will take place between March-June 2021

Admission process
Application and interview

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Is this course for me?

We have been training visionary and versatile directors for almost 20 years, and they have gone on to build rewarding and sustainable careers in the industry. The transformational impact of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, a commitment to preparing you for all aspects of performance production and to nurturing the individuality of your focus and passion.

During this one-year postgraduate MA Directing programme you will build your practice through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. Your training will culminate with you directing a play of your choice which will be shared with industry professionals.

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, Director, Class of 2005

Key information

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

You must also be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply as we assess English at the auditions and interviews. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place. We can only accept IELTS for UKVI.

Autumn Term
Monday 13 September 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021 

Spring Term
Monday 10 January 2022 - Thursday 14 April 2022 (Some students will finish production a week later) 

Summer Term
Monday 25 April 2022 - Friday 24 June 2022 

Final Term
Monday 25 July 2022 - Thursday 8 September 2022

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £16,115 per year International: £22,215 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 and interview fees

Round 1 (audition on Zoom)

Final recall

A director and an actor face each other and discuss a script as part of the rehearsal for 2019 production of Clybourne Park

All about the course

In your first term, you will observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside postgraduate acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing in order to develop an understanding of the actor’s process.

You will participate in seminars in text analysis and interpretation, and the aesthetics and processes particular to screen, as well as directing your fellow students in short scene studies.

In your second and third terms, you will assist professional directors on projects, onsite or digital productions, an original short film and an actors’ workshop at LAMDA. And during the spring holiday, you will collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre – an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned and develop your dramaturgical skills.

Your year will finish with you directing and realising a play of your choice in one of our performance spaces including invited industry. Over the past two years, these guests have included Natalie Abrahami, Ned Bennett, Giles Croft, Mike Longhurst, Roxanna Silbert and Lyndsey Turner.

If you are a current or prospective student for 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, though at time of writing (May 2021) we are happy to say that we have been enjoying being back in our building for in-person classes since the end of March.

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 2021/22, 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 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 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 conditions.

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).

We haven't confirmed the directors we will be working with in 2021, but here are just some of the directors we're working with in 2020:

  • Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
  • Elayce Ismail
  • Taio Lawson
  • Chris Sonnex
  • Jaz Woodcock Stewart
  • Atri Banerjee

Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London, although course components may be offered either via blended learning (a mix of online/onsite delivery) or components may be delivered via 100% online tuition.

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 has been granted the right to award degrees, with effect from 1 August 2021.  All students beginning courses after that date will be working towards qualifications awarded by LAMDA.  All continuing students enrolled on degree courses starting before 1 August 2021 will be given a choice between graduating with a LAMDA qualification or a qualification from our current validating body, the University of Kent.

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

Your future career

In addition to masterclasses from visiting professional directors, you will also undertake assistant director attachments within LAMDA, working with both in-house and visiting directors. Most recently these have included Chris Sonnex, Amelia Sears, Jade Lewis, Matt Hassall, Anna Marsland, Anthony Lau, James Yeatman and Sam Curtis Lindsay.

Industry professionals are invited to watch your final production and offer their feedback. Over the past two years, these guests have included Natalie Abrahami, Ned Bennett, Giles Croft, Mike Longhurst, Roxanna Silbert and Lyndsey Turner.

Applications for 2021/22 entry to MA Directing have now closed. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in the autumn.