MA Directing

Offering talented emerging directors a contemporary and wide-ranging vocational training.

The MA is delivered through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. The training culminates in productions directed by the MA students and staged at LAMDA.

LAMDA has been training directors for almost 20 years. The success of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, our commitment to preparing students for all aspects of performance production and our nurturing of the individuality of each student’s focus and passion. This results in visionary and versatile directors who enjoy sustainable careers in the industry.

This full-time, one-year course is validated by the University of Kent and runs from 24 September 2018 – 19 September 2019.

Applications have now closed.

Course Overview
In the first term, students observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside our acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing to develop an understanding of the actor’s process.

They receive tuition in text analysis and interpretation, as well as the aesthetics and processes particular to screen. They also direct each other in short scene studies.

In the second term and third terms, MA students assist professional directors on four projects, including two public productions, an original short film and an actors' workshop.

During the Easter break, students collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre – an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and develop their dramaturgical skills. These pieces are presented as a short workshop performance which is closed to the public.

Students also have the opportunity to work on a speculative design project with a student designer from a leading Theatre Design course.

Course tuition focuses on developing skills and confidence in dramaturgy and working with playwrights, designers and producers, devising, casting and auditioning, programming, understanding funding models and pitching for work.

The final term is dedicated to staging the students' own showcase productions.

Professional Preparation
Throughout the course, students undertake a number of assistant director attachments within LAMDA, working with both in-house and visiting directors. Phillip Breen, Tinuke Craig, Sarah Esdaile, Gwenda Hughes, Iqbal Khan, Vik Sivalingam and Lisa Spirling are just some of the directors who have worked with our students in recent times.

In addition to extensive work on LAMDA productions, students receive masterclasses from visiting professional directors from across the spectrum of British theatre.

Industry guests are invited to watch students’ final productions, which are staged at LAMDA.

Term Dates and Fees for 2018/19

Autumn Term: 24 September to 14 December 2018
Second Term: 7 January to 19 September 2019*
*Term dates and breaks are subject to specific production dates which will differ with each student

For UK/EU students: £14,747 per year
For Non-EU students: £20,327 per year

Term Dates and Fees for 2017/18

Autumn Term: 25 September to 15 December 2017
Second Term: 8 January to 21 September 2018

For UK/EU students: £14,317 per year
For Non-EU students: £19,735 per year


  1. 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 his/her 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.
  2. 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). 
  3. 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 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, incoming students are usually aged 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must have completed a college or university course, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. They must have been sufficiently involved in theatre (professional or student) in order to demonstrate serious professional intent in pursuing a career as a director. Applicants must 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.


Applications have now closed.


UK/EU students on this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan via the SLC. US students should note that LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (school code: G21086). Click here for more information on funding your training.


LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Click here for some useful links.

Visas and Immigration

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Click here for more information.


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