Online Introduction to Actor Training

If you want to get a taste of a busy and creative drama school, then this course is for you.
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Minimum age

Academic requirements


Course length
Two weeks

Amendments for Covid-19 (updated 22 October 2020) 

If you are a current or prospective student for 2020/21 – 2021/22, then how you experience our training will be different to some of the details below. Over Summer 2020 LAMDA informed current or prospective students that we will continue to communicate further adjustments to our planned contact hours, modes of delivery, curriculum content and assessments as soon as we are able.   

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. You can find an indicative breakdown of modules for this course below. By accepting and enrolling on to a course in 2020/21 – 2021/22 you agree to these changes. For further information see our FAQ page which also highlights that we will be offering blended learning in 2020/21 – 2021/22 and may need to update information on the specific nature of delivery in line with government guidance during each term. 

Please note LAMDA will also communicate reasonable changes to the content, syllabus, mode of delivery, term dates and/or timetable of courses in line with our terms and conditions with students via the News and Updates page on LAMDA World and email during each term. 

Is this course for me?

Thinking about training as an actor? If you’re considering applying to drama school but not sure what to expect and would like to explore the world of professional drama training in London, then this is the course for you.

This course has been such an eye-opener. It taught me so much about acting but also about myself. The tutors are so professional and inspiring. This really has been everything I could have hoped for, maybe even more than that. 

Introduction to Drama School Student

Key information

You should have a level of English that is approximately IELTS 6.0. Although English language tests aren't mandatory, we recommend that if you are a non-native English speaker without a Level 6 IELTS, then you must have the equivalent English language experience. This will be assessed via telephone interview by the Admissions team.

You can apply for this course through LAMDA directly. There is no application deadline for this course, but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

2021 dates will be announced shortly.

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.

All about the course

Based on our one-year Foundation Diploma, this creative and practical two week course offers you an insight into our rigorous drama training. Working in groups of between 15 and 20 students, you’ll experience our ethos of the ensemble, with a focus on performance-based training.

This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of our own range of non-accredited courses. Once you've completed the course you will receive a LAMDA short course certificate.

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:

  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Improvisation
  • Shakespeare

The course culminates in an informal sharing of work in an open rehearsal, attended by your tutors and fellow students.

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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