MFA Professional Acting

If you want to work as an actor and maker in the creative sector, our MFA acting programme offers an outstanding training. It will position you as an accomplished artist, with the ability to forge your own unique path in the industry.


Minimum age

Academic requirements
Degree or relevant professional experience

Course length
Two years

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £13,115 per year
International: £21,855 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
17 May 2021

Admission process
Application and audition

Degree awarded by

Is this course for me?

This MFA Professional Acting course is a two-year postgraduate programme for those who already have a BA or BFA degree, or comparable professional experience, and want to take the next steps to develop their talents further and become a successful, entrepreneurial, creative artist.

Key information

You need to 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 interviews. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of 6.5 if you’re offered a place. We can only accept IELTS for UKVI.

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: Tuesday 3 May 2022 - Friday 1 July 2022 

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £13,115 per year
International: £21,855 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)

Round 2 (audition on Zoom)

Final recall

All about the course

In the two years you’ll be working mainly in small-group classes and will receive frequent, personalised feedback and support to advance your skill-set and accelerate your career.

You’ll develop an informed, open, yet questioning, approach to the craft of acting. This will set you up with the skills and confidence to become an independent minded practitioner with considerable professional versatility and creativity.

This masters degree in acting provides rigorous, world-class conservatoire training combined with industry-level postgraduate project work. The course is open to those from any background, but especially for those who want to shake up the ecosystem of the creative skills industry, and use their abilities to challenge the status quo and shape new landscapes for dramatic art.

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.

In your first year, you'll cover the core disciplines of acting, voice, movement and music in intensive classes, alongside workshop projects which may include contemporary texts, classical plays, and late 19th/ early 20th century European naturalism. These workshops will give you an opportunity to apply the skills you've learnt in class.

You'll also begin to explore how to deliver convincing screen and audio performances. and take part in a new writing project with exciting, pioneering writers, exploring the role of the actor as a collaborative artist.


The final year will prepare you to become an independent and stand-out professional within the industry. You’ll be immersed in a series of performances on stage, screen and in audio drama, including a professionally written, directed, crewed and post-produced short film. Recent LAMDA graduation films have been selected for national and international film festivals. The final element of your training will be centred on the collaborative development and performance of a small group piece of original, self-created, theatre.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your artistry, skills and experience with younger audiences and potential theatre-makers. The annual Shakespeare in Schools programme is an opportunity for our graduating MFA actors to share a bespoke project with secondary schools and colleges, culminating in fast-paced adaptations of Shakespeare's popular works and workshops directly engaging with their younger audiences.

In your training LAMDA will offer you some opportunities for masterclasses, lectures, talks, and where possible, open auditions with industry professionals. Finally, a unique feature of this course is the chance to train as a LAMDA Exams teacher.


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
  • Non-mediated student learning to encourage self-reflective practice
  • Peer evaluations – a central part of actor training in an ensemble situation

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 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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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

Our specialist careers support covers guidance on working as an actor and on broader, more entrepreneurial routes into the industry, including the chance to train to teach LAMDA Exams.

When you graduate, you’ll leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Agents and casting directors are invited to attend selected productions and film screenings. You’ll also take part in a duologue showcase and a digital showcase shared with key industry professionals.

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

Eligible to work in USA or Canada?

LAMDA's training will culminate in a series of professional development and industry events to support your growth as a professional artist and the start/continuation of your career in North America. This may include digital or in-person events to help graduates gain exposure and will be tailored each year to best suit the current industry.

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