MFA Professional Acting

MFA Professional Acting

This exciting new two-year course replaces the FdA professional acting from September 2018.

The MFA Professional Acting is LAMDA’s established actor training, carefully reimagined and rewrought for an accelerated two-year programme. It offers a unique opportunity for students to create their own work in the final year. The intention of the course is to give student the tools to master their craft and be responsive to the demands of the industry, and to empower them to make the work they feel passionately about.

This full-time, two-year course at postgraduate level is suited for those who already have an undergraduate degree and/or some relevant acting experience. This course is validated by the University of Kent and will run from 24 September 2018 - 17 July 2020.

Applications are now closed.

Course Overview
The MFA offers conservatoire actor training combined with industry-level postgraduate project work. Students are empowered to become agents of change through intensive small-group teaching, rehearsal and performance, personal mentoring and imaginative use of high-end technology to define and create new landscapes for dramatic art.

In the first year, the core disciplines of acting, voice, movement and music are covered in intensive classes, alongside workshops on the core stage repertoire, work on screen and audio, and sessions introducing management and research skills.

Drawing on these craft skills, the second year develops students’ preparation for the industry and opens up opportunities for creative, self-directed project work, interwoven with a series of public performances on stage and screen.

Professional Preparation
All students who graduate from LAMDA’s MFA Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. 

Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. Graduating students take part in a duologue showcase in front of 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. Eligible students can also take part in the Next Generation showcase in Ontario, Canada. 
In their final year students have access to the support and guidance of LAMDA's Careers Team and attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Students eligible to work in the US also receive bespoke classes from a US industry expert.

Term Dates for 2018/19
Autumn Term: 24 September to 14 December 2018
Spring Term: 7 January to 22 March 2019*
Summer Term: 29 April to 19 July 2019
*Optional Fight exam will affect these dates

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

Tuition Fees 2018/19
For UK/EU students: £12,000 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £20,000 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. Admission is by audition and interview. This course is most suitable for students with a BA or BFA degree, or equivalent. Applicants without a first degree must demonstrate the ability to work at postgraduate level, and a comparable level of knowledge and experience, gained in a professional company or at a vocational drama school. 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. 

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

How to Apply
You can apply online, directly through this course page. Applications opened on 2 October 2017 and closed on 1 March 2018.

LAMDA does not operate an APL or APEL system.  Prior accredited learning or experiential learning cannot be used towards entry with 'advanced standing' on any LAMDA course.

Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £54 by credit or debit card.
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at a non EU venue: £85 by credit or debit card.

Learn more about our Audition Process.

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