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BA (Hons) Professional Acting
Comprehensive, practical training to guide students in their development as creative artists.
Physical, emotional and creative abilities are stretched through rigorous training and public productions. Students are equipped with the knowledge and technique they need to meet the demands of the acting profession.
This full-time, three-year course is validated by the University of Kent and runs from 24 September 2018 – 16 July 2021.
Applications are now closed.
Students develop core skills in acting, voice, movement, singing and music through classes including stage combat, Alexander Technique, mask, vocal technique, accents, singing and musicianship, and group improvisation.
The skills required for screen and audio work are introduced and developed.
Students are guided through an exploration of the craft, psychology and process of acting.
The training is structured around classwork and scene work.
Core skills training continues with class and project work.
Students take part in various exploratory projects, developing a range of characters and styles including Shakespearean, Restoration drama, 19th century European naturalism and musical theatre.
Students develop their skills in screen and audio work across a wide range of material and explore the role that editing plays in shaping performance.
Students investigate the creation of original work through a new writing project, in which they collaborate with a professional writer and director on the development of a new play.
The year is structured around a sequence of public productions and films. These productions take place in LAMDA’s three performance spaces and some may tour to venues across the UK and overseas.
Students complete the final phase of their screen and audio training, which includes a make-your-own film assignment and extensive audition preparation. They showcase these skills through performances in a professionally directed and edited short film, shot on location, as well as radio plays, a voice reel and video game voice acting experience.
All students who graduate from LAMDA’s BA (Hons) Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel.
Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. Graduating students take part in a duologue showcase in front of key industry professionals. Those eligible to work in the USA are able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. Eligible students can also take part in the Next Generation showcase in Ontario, Canada.
In their final year, students have access to the support and guidance of LAMDA's Careers Team and attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Students eligible to work in the US also receive bespoke classes from a US industry expert.
LAMDA has an outstanding record of helping graduates to secure agent representation. Many graduates are offered professional work during their final term or just after graduating, in theatre, film, television and elsewhere.
Throughout the final year of the course, professional preparation sessions offer information, advice and guidance from casting directors, agents, graduates and other industry professionals, to give the best possible start to a career. The Genesis LAMDA Network will place all graduating students with an industry mentor in their area, to help with the transition into the profession.
During 2016-17 alone, LAMDA graduates' credits included 31 roles at the National Theatre; 23 roles at the RSC; 14 at Shakespeare's Globe; 81 in the West End; 139 at regional theatres or in touring productions; 108 in off-West End theatres; 187 in feature films; 326 on TV in the UK or USA; 41 in video games; roles in 9 Films at the London Film Festival and 20 Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows.
Term Dates and Fees for 2018/19
Autumn Term: 24 September to 14 December 2018
Spring Term: 7 January to 22 March 2019*
Summer Term: 29 April to 19 July 2019
*Optional Fight exam will affect these dates
For UK/EU students: £9,250* per year (*Subject to further increase in subsequent years in line with Government policy)
For Non-UK and EU students: £19,096 per year
Term Dates and Fees for 2017/18
Autumn Term: 25 September to 15 December 2017
Spring Term: 8 January to 23 March 2018
Summer Term: 30 April to 20 July 2018
For UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £18,540 per year
- Fees for each term must be paid in advance and no later than the date specified in the student’s offer letter. Any student who is in arrears with regard to his/her fees will not be able to progress with their training until all outstanding monies owed to LAMDA are paid. Students who have not paid fees in full prior to completing their programme of study will have their degree withheld until such payments are made.
- Students, in exceptional circumstances, intending to leave LAMDA must give at least one full term's notice in writing of such intention to the Principal. Students will be liable for fees throughout the notice period (eg. if a student leaves halfway through the autumn term, they are liable for the remainder of the fees for that term and the full fees for the following spring term). This is only relevant to students who are not paying fees through the Student Loans Company.
- In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.
Additional Course Costs
Students are expected to provide their own basic rehearsal clothing and footwear, and there is a short list of books which will need to be purchased. One or two timetabled educational visits off site are provided free of charge in the first year.
Fund your Training
UK & EU students may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme.
US students should be aware that LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086).
Other international students should be self-financing.
Learn more about the support available on our funding webpages.
Note: In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.
The minimum entry age for this course is 18. There is no upper age limit. There are no academic requirements for this course. Admission is by audition and interview. Applicants should be fluent English speakers or, in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven.
LAMDA does not make conditional offers, or adjust entry requirements according to non-academic criteria.
How to Apply
You can apply online, directly through this course page. Applications opened on 2 October 2017 and closed on 1 March 2018.
LAMDA does not operate an APL or APEL system. Prior accredited learning or experiential learning cannot be used towards entry with 'advanced standing' on any LAMDA course.
Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £54 by credit or debit card.
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at a non EU venue: £85 by credit or debit card.
Learn more about our Audition Process.
This course aims to stretch and grow students’ talents as actors, enabling them to contribute intellectually and creatively to the development and performance of the fullest range of dramatic work at the highest levels of the profession. It also aims to encourage an informed, open, yet questioning, approach to the craft, in order to develop independently-minded practitioners of considerable professional versatility.
The structure of the programme aims to build rounded graduates with a full range of appropriate movement, voice, musical and acting skills. Although rooted in the established knowledge and skills required for the craft of acting, learning and teaching activities will also continue to draw on the latest developments in the profession, enhanced both by the teaching staff’s professional activities and by the increasing availability of performance technology. Assessment and feedback will aim to develop the student as a reflective practitioner, capable of responding creatively to learning experiences.
The course is made up of 360 credits in total, with each year being worth 120 credits. Year 1 is pass/fail, but must be passed in order to secure progression to year 2. Year 2 contributes 40% of the final degree mark, and year 3 contributes the remaining 60%.
Year 1: Building the Craft af Acting (40 Credits); Movement & Physical Development 1 (35 Credits); Vocal Techniques, Development & Application (35 Credits); Signing & Musicianship 1 (5 Credits); Screen & Audio 1 (5 Credits)
Year 2: Developing the Craft of Acting (40 Credits); Movement & Physical Development 2 (30 Credits); Vocal Techniques, Development & Application 2 (30 Credits); Singing & Musicianship 2 (10 Credits); Screen & Audio 2 (10 Credits)
Year 3: Applying the Craft of Acting in Public Performance (75 Credits); Public Performance - Movement (15 Credits); Public Performance - Voice (15 Credits); Screen & Audio 3 (15 Credits)
All modules are compulsory.
All teaching staff are experienced and active industry professionals. In addition, many key staff (including Heads of Department) hold or are working towards Fellowship of the HE Academy.
Location & Timetables
All teaching takes place at LAMDA's main campus in West London. Some final year productions may go out on tour to locations in the UK and overseas.
Outline timetables are produced one month before each term starts, so that students are informed of their time commitments. Detailed timetables, including the specific rooms, are produced at the end of the week preceding delivery. There are three terms per year, each lasting 12 weeks.
Overview of types of classes/teaching to expect
Teaching and learning takes place in the following environments:
- Tutor-led class work
- Tutor-led tutorials
- Guest lectures, workshops and seminars
- Research projects
- Experiential learning including scene studies, workshops, rehearsals and public performances
- Non-mediated student learning to encourage self-reflective practice
- Peer evaluations - a central part of actor training in an ensemble situation
Academic support and resources
The Sackler Library and study centre holds a growing stock of books, scripts and other material for background research, and also provides access to a wide range of appropriate on-line material, including journals, videos and audio resources.
Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory. Wednesday afternoons are usually kept free from formal classes, although optional extra-curricular provision may take place at this time.
Learning Support Services
LAMDA's Academic Services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia/dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support students' learning. Academic Services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support students' physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. Find more information for applicants with disabilities.
Students must pass the first year in order to progress into the second year. Final degree outcomes are calculated on the basis of marks from the second and third year, weighted 40/60 respectively.
In exceptional circumstances, arrangements are in place to condone or compensate for failure, if students have experienced severe personal difficulties, such as ill health.
This course has a maximum intake of 30. First year classes are normally taught either in half or quarter groups, but some classes involve the whole group, and a few will be one-to-one.
Academic Misconduct & Consequences
LAMDA's regulations include provision for cases of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating, and set out the penalties applicable.
Continuous formative assessment takes place during all classes and rehearsals. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term or each performance project, and typically includes marks for preparation, process and outcome.
Marks & Feedback
Marks are made available at the end of every term. Detailed written feedback is provided at the end of each term, and at the end of each public performance.
The University of Kent have approved all of LAMDA's HE provision until academic year 2021-22. This course was re-validated during 2015-16.
Accommodation costs in London can vary widely, but typical student accommodation is available for around £150 - £200 per week. You should allow a further £80 per week for travel and general living expenses.
Bursaries, Scholarships etc.
See our Funding pages for more information.
Eligibility for a Student Loan
See our Funding pages to find all information on Student Loans.
LAMDA's terms and conditions and our admissions policy are all set out on our Policies & Procedures page.