Semester Programme Classical Acting

An intensive burst of British conservatoire training for UK and international students.

Taking place each autumn and spring, this course is designed to deepen students’ engagement with classical texts and develop their practical skills.

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Course Overview

The course content is based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean or English Comedy of Manners playwrights. Students undertake a minimum of 30 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal.

Classes in acting, voice, movement, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, singing and historical dance form a core part of the overall course content. Students have the opportunity to apply their developing skills in scene study workshops. In the autumn, scene study and workshop performances centre on Shakespeare’s late plays and comedies, and on Jacobean tragedy. Students joining the spring semester cover Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, and English Comedies of Manners. All performances are closed to the public.

As part of the training, students attend West End productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, and travel to Stratford upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Semester students are welcomed into the LAMDA community and are invited to take part in events like Dance Night, the annual Carol Concert, Poetry Night and other students’ union activities, while enjoying life in London.

This course is an exhilarating introduction to vocational actor training in the UK.

Professional Preparation

Visiting actors and directors deliver masterclasses throughout the semester, sharing their unique practice and industry experiences with students.

Dates and Fees 2019

Autumn Semester: 9 September – 13 December 2019
Autumn Semester Fee: (non-UK and non-EU) £9,741
Autumn Semester Fee: (UK & EU) £4,625

Dates and Fees 2020

Spring Semester: 6th January – 10th April 2020
Spring Semester Fee: (non-UK and non-EU) £9,741
Spring Semester Fee: (UK & EU) £4,625

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. 

Entry Criteria
The minimum entry age is 18. There is no upper age limit. Admission is by applications, not audition. Applicants  should be fluent English speakers. Whilst we do not require you to meet any academic requirements for entry onto this course, your home university or college may do so.

Entry is by application, not audition.

We require a level of English that is approx. IELTS 6.0. It is not mandatory for English language tests to have been taken prior to attending this short course, however we recommend that for non-native English speakers that if you have not completed Level 6 IELTS then you must have the equivalent English language experience.

There is no set application deadline for the Semester Programme Classical Acting but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

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

Online application fee: £21

No UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. 

If you are currently studying at a university or conservatoire, your home campus may be able to provide you with further information on funding for 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.

LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and at an additional cost, to semester course students. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Find out more information on Housing.

Visas and Immigration

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa prior to entry to the UK if you are a visa national or upon entry to the UK if you are a non-visa national. It is each student’s responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at LAMDA.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor’s Visa if your intention is to study on this course. If you do not have a valid visa, you will not be allowed to study at LAMDA.

Please note that you need to bring your passport on the first day of your course.

Visit the UKCISA website for more information.

Students train for a minimum of 30 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

Course work is assessed in relation to UK higher education marking criteria. Transcripts can be provided on request upon successful completion of the course, along with information about grading assessments to assist with a conversion to credits, subject to the appropriate policies of a student’s home university. For further details, contact [email protected]

Students should be aware that if they do not pass one of the Semester Programme modules, they are entitled to re-sit it, however other practical considerations may make this difficult to facilitate.

For international students: We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course. Please email our Admissions team on [email protected] for more information. Any credit enquiries should be made to your home university or college.

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.

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

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