MFA Professional Acting

This course offers students a rigorous actor training, providing them with a solid craft, whilst supporting their growth as entrepreneurial, independent creative artists.

The MFA Professional Acting provides accelerated conservatoire training combined with industry-level postgraduate project work. Graduates become agents for change through intensive small-group teaching, rehearsal and performance, mentoring and imaginative use of technology - defining and creating new landscapes for dramatic art.

This programme sets out to stretch and grow students' talent as actors so they can contribute intellectually and creatively to the highest standard of dramatic work. It is suited for those who already have an undergraduate degree and/ or some relevant acting experience.


Course Overview

The course aims to build rounded graduates with a full range of appropriate movement, voice, music and acting skills. Although rooted in the established knowledge and skills required for the craft of acting, learning and teaching activities also draw on the latest developments in the profession, enhanced both by the teaching staff’s professional activities and by performance technology. Assessment and feedback develop the student as a reflective practitioner, capable of responding creatively to learning experiences.

Year One

The first year covers the core disciplines of acting, voice, movement and music in intensive classes, alongside workshops on the core stage repertoire including projects on Jacobean, Restoration, 19th Century European Naturalism and Contemporary Text. Students also engage in screen and audio work and a new writing project exploring the role of the actor as a collaborative artist.

Year Two

This year develops students’ preparation for the industry and opens up opportunities for creative, self-directed project work, interleaved with a series of public performances on stage and screen including making a professionally shot and scripted film, touring theatre work to a professional space and LAMDA’s Shakespeare in Schools tour. The final devised project is centred on the collaborative development and performance of original pieces of theatre. Throughout the year, students have access to LAMDA’s Careers Team and attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals.

Professional Preparation

All graduating students leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Agents and casting directors are invited to all public productions and film screenings. Graduating students take part in a duologue showcase for key industry professionals. Those eligible to work in the USA are able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation and also receive bespoke classes from a US industry expert. Eligible students can also take part in the Next Generation showcase in Ontario, Canada. In addition, the Genesis LAMDA Network provides mentoring to graduating students and a bridge into the industry.

Term Dates for 2019/20
Autumn Term: 23/09/19 – 13/12/19
Spring Term: 06/01/20 - 20/03/20 (dependent on stage combat exams)
Summer Term: 27/04/20  – 17/07/20 

The above term dates only apply for first year students. Second year students will be emailed their term dates seperately.

Tuition Fees 2019/20
For UK/EU students: £12,360 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £20,600 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 their 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). This is only relevant to students who are not paying fees through the Student Loans Company.
  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.

Additional Course Costs
Students are expected to provide their own basic rehearsal clothing and footwear, and there is a short list of books which will need to be purchased.  One or two timetabled educational visits off site are provided free of charge in the first year.

Fund your Training
UK & EU students may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme.

US students should be aware that LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086).

Other international students should be self-financing. 

Learn more about the support available on our funding webpages.

See here for more information on Funding for Postgraduate Study.

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

LAMDA does not make conditional offers, or adjust entry requirements according to non-academic criteria.

Applications are 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). 

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
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Find out more information on Visas and Immigration.

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 this page: Policies & Procedures

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