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.


Applications are now closed.

Course Overview

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

There are seminars in text analysis and interpretation, as well as the aesthetics and processes particular to screen. Students also direct each other in short scene studies.

In the second 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.

Professional Preparation

Students undertake assistant director attachments within LAMDA, working with both in-house and visiting directors. Phillip Breen, Tinuke Craig, Iqbal Khan, Rebecca Frecknall, Ria Parry, Anthony Clark, Lekan Lawal and Lisa Spirling are some of the directors who have worked with our students.

Students also receive masterclasses from visiting professional directors.

Industry guests are invited to watch final productions and give feedback. These have included Sally Cookson, Mike Longhurst, Giles Croft, Ned Bennett and Lyndsey Turner.


Applications are now closed.

Term Dates and Fees for 2019/20

Autumn Term: 23/09/19 – 13/12/19
Spring Term: : 06/01/20 - 20/03/20
Summer Term: 20/04/20 – 17/07/20
High Summer Term: 20/07/20 – 18/09/20
Term dates and breaks are subject to specific production dates which will differ with each student

For UK/EU students: £15,189
Non-EU students: £20,937


  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 should be fluent English speakers. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply as we assess English at the auditions and interviews, however will need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if offered a place.

Please note: LAMDA does not require references as part of your application. If you are only applying to LAMDA, you can write “reference not required” in the UCAS application form text box. This also applies if the other institutions you are applying to are happy to consider your application without a reference.

Application Fee
The total online application fee is £79 by credit or debit card. This is made up of a LAMDA fee of £54 and a UCAS fee of £25.


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