LAMDA Foundation Diploma

All information on these pages is for applicants and students starting in September 2019.

Entry-level training in acting. Ideal for students with some experience who want to explore their limits and develop their skills.

The content and intensity of the curriculum make this one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK.

Course Overview

The course is taught through a combination of technical acting classes, scene study and workshop performances, which are closed to the public with the exception of the final devised performance.

Classes in acting, improvisation, movement, physical theatre, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, historical dance and period studies, and stage combat form a core part of the course content.

Students work on scene study and workshop presentations covering French comedy, Shakespeare, European naturalism and modern drama. Students also participate in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project.

The course culminates in a collaboration with directors that allows students to explore the creation of a new piece of work, which they conceive, create and write through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal.

Graduate Destinations

Graduates of this course have gone on to act professionally or to pursue further full time training at LAMDA, other vocational drama schools and universities. This course also provides a foundation for many other careers in the dramatic arts, including writing, directing and designing.

Note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited diplomas. 

Related Courses

If you are interested in applying for this course, you may also like to explore our Introduction to Drama School and Audition Technique summer short courses.

We will be announcing our 20/21 dates and fees soon.

Applications for our 20/21 courses will open soon.

Entry Criteria

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. Applicants should be fluent English speakers. 

Find out more about our Audition Process.



No UK government funding is available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Each year, one student receives a full tuition fee scholarship, awarded at LAMDA’s discretion. We notify the person who has been selected to receive this scholarship when we offer them a place on the course. There is no prior application process and all applicants are automatically considered. There are no other LAMDA scholarships or bursaries for this course. 


LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Find out more information on Housing.

Visas and Immigration

Current UK Border Agency Regulations stipulate that non-EU/non-EEA students will not be granted visas to attend this course. This is because the qualification is not validated by a UK university.


Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

LAMDA's terms and conditions and our admissions policy are all set out on our Policies & Procedures page.

Terms and Conditions