LAMDA granted full Degree Awarding Powers

Achievement completes our journey towards becoming a fully independent Higher Education provider

23 April 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we have been granted full Degree Awarding Powers, recognising the quality of the training LAMDA offers, and building on our history and reputation. Students joining the academy on our full-time courses in 2021 will have their qualifications awarded in LAMDA’s name for the first time. 

Sarah Frankcom, Director of LAMDA said, “Achieving degree awarding powers is an incredibly important milestone for LAMDA as we look to the future and the continued evolution of drama schools.  Our new independence gives us the flexibility to ensure all our training programmes respond to the industry and reflect what drama school training in the 21st century looks like. This has never been more important than now as we see the industry adapting to the challenges and recovery from COVID-19. I’d like to thank the University of Kent, Office for Students and QAA for their support in this transition and we look forward to the opportunities DAP will bring the next generation of LAMDA students.” 

LAMDA’s Student Presidents, Evangeline Beaven, Lucy Havard, Gusta Matthews and Saroja-Lily Ratnavel said, “This is such exciting news for LAMDA and future students. We’re all so proud to be a part of this community and such a respected institution, and we’re sure that incoming students will be thrilled to have their degrees awarded by LAMDA itself.”

Degree Awarding Powers marks the culmination of a five-year journey.  LAMDA was previously a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) and its degree qualifications were awarded by the University of Kent.  We gained independence from the CDD in August 2018 after becoming the first institution to register as a Higher Education Provider with the Office for Students (OfS).  In December 2018 LAMDA formally applied to OfS for full Degree Awarding Powers and underwent a lengthy period of rigorous scrutiny carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), culminating in a report completed in April 2020.  We are now one of the first institutions to be given full Degree Awarding Powers under the new system.