LAMDA Foundation Diploma
Applications closing date
1 March 2020. However audition places are capped and will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Application and audition
Is this course for me?
This exceptional drama foundation course in London is perfect if you have some experience in acting but would like to explore your potential and take your creativity to the next level.
It will give you a thorough grounding of all the core skills you’ll need to become a professional actor, or to pursue the many other careers in the creative skills industry, including writing, directing and designing.
You need to be a fluent English speaker to apply for this course.
We are currently reviewing our course teaching timetable and will be publishing term dates from 2020-21 in the next few weeks.
Cost for UK/EU students: £13,397
First round audition fee: £12
Recall audition fee: £24
There is no UK government funding available for this course. If you're thinking of applying, you will need to be self-financing.
However, each year we award a full tuition fee scholarship to one student on the Foundation Diploma. There is no application process - if you are chosen to receive this scholarship, we will let you know when we offer you a place on the course.
All about the course
This eight-month acting foundation course has a carefully designed curriculum and is one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK.
During a busy and intensive timetable, you’ll discover and develop your talent as you take classes in: improvisation, movement, physical theatre, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, historical dance, period studies, and stage combat.
You’ll practise your newly formed skills with closed workshop performances covering French comedy, Shakespeare, European naturalism and modern drama. You will be actively engaged in in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project.
The course culminates in the creation of an original piece of work, which you’ll conceive, create and write through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal.
Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London.
You will undertake a minimum of 35 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal, and you will receive your full timetable before you start the course.
This course is one of our own range of non-accredited diplomas. It is not validated by a higher education provider such as the University of Kent.
Our Academic Services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia or dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support you.
Academic Services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support your physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. You’ll also have free online support with our digital health and wellbeing platform - Big White Wall.
We're here to help
At LAMDA, we’re a family. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to feel at home. Read on for more information about accommodation, visas, healthcare, housing, insurance and student support.
Your future career
Many graduates of this foundation acting course have gone on to act professionally or to pursue further full-time training with LAMDA, other vocational drama schools and universities. The course is also a valuable foundation for many other careers in the dramatic arts, including writing, directing and designing.
This course is one of our own range of non-accredited diplomas. It is not validated by the a higher education provider such as the University of Kent.