Semester Programme Classical Acting

If you’re looking to develop your practical skills with advanced training, this intensive 11-week study abroad programme is for you.
Train at LAMDA on the Semester Programme Classical Acting course


Minimum age

Academic requirements
None, but previous acting experience is needed

Course length
One semester, autumn or spring

Admission process
By application

Spring 2021 course cost
UK/EU: £4,625
International: £10,033

Four modules at HE Level 5, totalling 60 credits, validated by the University of Kent

Amendments for Covid-19

If you are a current or prospective student for 2020/21, then how you experience our training will be different to some of the details below. Please read this document to find out more about the experience we are committed to offering you, so that you can make informed choices about your studies. By accepting and enrolling on to a course in 2020/21 you agree to these changes. You can find a breakdown of modules for this course below. For further information see our FAQ page.

Is this course for me?

Whether you’re a UK or international student, if you want to immerse yourself in classical texts and get specialist teaching from brilliant industry professionals, these are the courses for you.

They provide an intensive burst of British conservatoire training and take place each autumn and spring, and are carefully designed to deepen your engagement with classical texts and develop your repertoire of practical skills so you can achieve your potential as an actor.

Whether you choose Autumn or Spring, you’ll learn the essential core techniques through classes in acting, voice, movement, physical theatre, and singing.

Key information

This course is designed with international students in mind and typically suits those from North America as a study abroad programme. However, a small number of places are available for those from the UK & EU. Apply online to avoid disappointment or you can email us on [email protected] to check availability.

You will need some experience of acting, so you will need to detail that on your application. 

We also require a level of English that is approximately IELTS 6.5. It’s not mandatory for English language tests to have been taken prior to attending this short course. However, we recommend that non-native English speakers who have not completed Level 6.5 IELTS must have the equivalent English language experience. 

You can apply through us directly or, for international students, through the Study Abroad Office of your home university or college. We’re also happy to accept applications from individuals who are not currently studying at a university or college.

Autumn 2020
5 October – 18 December 2020

Spring 2021
11 January  2 April 2021

Course fees

Autumn 2020
UK/EU students: £4,625
International students: £10,033

Application fees
Applications are closed for Autumn 2020 course. There is a £21 application fee.

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

If you're from outside of the UK or EU, you should speak to your home university for information on study abroad programmes.

Our semester programmes are not eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program. Find out more information regarding funding for International Students.

Terms & Conditions

Please see below for information about out cancellation / refund policy.

We've introduced a number of measures to safeguard the health of students while giving the excellent and immersive LAMDA ensemble learning experience that we are renowned for.  Read more about our social distancing. You will receive more information during your induction.

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All about the course

The Autumn Semester course is structured around scene study workshops on Jacobean tragedy and Shakespeare’s late plays and comedies, whereas the Spring semester is based around scenes from Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, and from English Comedies of Manners.

The first week of term (5 - 9 October 2020 / 11 - 15 January 2021 ), involving inductions and getting-to-know-you sessions, workshops and voice classes, will be fully online. Over the remainder of the term, the majority of training will be in-person, with online elements making up just 20% of the course in total (although this may need to change if safeguarding actions are required due to COVID-19). 

As it currently seems unlikely that we will be able to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, we are looking into organising activities within London. The semester will also include exclusive weekly masterclasses with leading industry professionals and LAMDA alumni. 

Although you’ll be part of the LAMDA family for a short time, you will have the opportunities to fully immerse yourself  in our bustling community. You’ll be welcomed to all LAMDA students’ union social events, get to explore London with new friends, and be invited to be part of our diverse and talented alumni group.

All in-person teaching takes place at our main campus in Barons Court, west London.

You will undertake a minimum of 30 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal, and you will receive your full timetable before you start the course. In order to maximise your time with us we are scheduling a few Saturday sessions, regular Wednesday afternoon sessions as well as a series of evening masterclasses with special guests.

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.

Your course work will be assessed using UK higher education marking criteria. Official transcripts of the course are provided, and you'll also find additional information about grading and assessments in the Course Handbook - this will help you when converting UK marks and credits to US credits and GPA, for example.

Final decisions about onward use of credit lie with your ‘home’ institution. If you have any queries about this, contact our Admissions Team on [email protected] for further details.

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 application

Applications for Spring 2021 are now open. Applying to LAMDA can be done quickly and easily. You can pause and resume your application at any time.

Apply now