Introduction to Screen Acting

Introduction to Screen Acting

Two-week short course

Ideal for students with some theatre experience but who may not have worked on camera, this course explores the essential skills required for film and television acting.

Students work both one-to-one and in small groups with a professional director, learning how to interpret a screenplay and develop credible characters. This process includes devising material, practising continuity techniques and developing on-screen confidence by learning to watch yourself and others on monitor. 

Scene-craft forms a core part of the course; students are guided through the practical skills needed to work on-set and the creative process of allowing the camera into an actor’s thoughts. Students learn how to break down a scene from the perspective of both the actor and director, have the opportunity to explore a variety of roles and have regular opportunities to watch their performances back on-screen with feedback.

The course also covers the actor’s relationship to post-production elements of film making, such as editing and sound, and includes additional contributions from visiting professionals.  At the end of the fortnight, students’ work is screened and mock-auditions will be held with a casting director.*

This course is an exciting opportunity to be immersed in a demanding and challenging environment which reflects the high standards of the television and film industry. Students will be supported to embrace and thrive in these surroundings with the guidance of a first-class team of tutors. 

This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates. Students who complete this course will receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate. This course runs from 6 August 2018 - 17 August 2018 and 20 August 2018 - 31 August 2018.

*Please note that material recorded on this course cannot be made available for use outside of LAMDA. 


The minimum entry age for this course is 16 and applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.

Applications open on 2 October 2017. 

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

Online application fee: £21

Dates and Fees for 2018
The same course runs twice throughout the summer:

6 August 2018 – 17 August 2018
20 August 2018 – 31 August 2018 (Note: Class will take place on Saturday 25 August as 27 August is a bank holiday)

Tuition Fee 2018

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.

There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Find out more information on making independent applications for funding.

LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. 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 with you to LAMDA on the first day of your course.

Visit the UKCISA website for more information.

Course runs Monday to Friday (unless the course dates include a Bank Holiday), 35 hours per week. It is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

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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