Semester Programme Classical Acting

If you’re looking to develop your practical skills with advanced training, this 14-week accredited intensive diploma is for you.
Train at LAMDA on the Semester Programme Classical Acting course

Overview

Minimum age
18

Academic requirements
None, but previous acting experience is needed

Course length
One semester, autumn or spring

Course cost
UK/EU: £4,625 per year
International: £9,741 per year

Admission process
Application

Awarded by
University of Kent

Is this course for me?

Whether you’re a UK or international student, if you want to immerse yourself in classical texts and get specialist teaching from brilliant industry professionals, these are the courses for you.

They provide an intensive burst of British conservatoire training and take place each autumn and spring, and are carefully designed to deepen your engagement with classical texts and develop your repertoire of practical skills so you can achieve your potential as an actor.

Whether you choose Autumn or Spring, you’ll learn the essential core techniques through classes in acting, voice, movement, physical theatre, singing and historical dance.

Key information

This course is designed with international students in mind and typically suits those from North America as a study abroad programme. However, a small number of places are available for those from the UK & EU. Apply online to avoid disappointment or you can email us on [email protected] to check availability.

You will need some experience of acting, so you will need to detail that on your application. 

We also require a level of English that is approximately IELTS 6.5. It’s not mandatory for English language tests to have been taken prior to attending this short course. However, we recommend that non-native English speakers who have not completed Level 6.5 IELTS must have the equivalent English language experience. 

You can apply through us directly or, for international students, through the Study Abroad Office of your home university or college. We’re also happy to accept applications from individuals who are not currently studying at a university or college.

Spring 2020
6 January – 10 April

Autumn 2020
We are currently reviewing our course teaching timetable and will be publishing our Autumn 2020 dates in the next few weeks.

Course fees

UK/EU students: £4,625

International students: £9,741

Application fees

Applications for Spring 2020 are open. We'll be announcing the opening date of our Autumn 2020 applications soon. Complete this form and we will email you when applications are open, along with confirmation of our application and audition fees.

Funding

There is no UK government funding available for this course. If you're thinking of applying, you will need to be self-financing.

If you're from outside of the UK or EU, you should speak to your home university for information on study abroad programmes.

Our semester programmes are not eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program. Find out more information regarding funding for International Students.

Two students in costume looking at each other, taken from 2016 production of The Revenger's Tragedy

All about the course

The Autumn Semester course is structured around scene study workshops on Jacobean tragedy and Shakespeare’s late plays and comedies, whereas the Spring semester is based around scenes from Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, and from English Comedies of Manners.

As part of your training, you’ll go to West End productions, Shakespeare’s Globe, and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Although you’ll be part of the LAMDA family for a short time, you will have the opportunities to fully immerse yourself  in our bustling community. You’ll be welcomed to all LAMDA students’ union social events, get to explore London with new friends, and be invited to be part of our diverse and talented alumni group.

All teaching takes place at our main campus in Barons Court, west London.

You will undertake a minimum of 30 hours practical work a week, spent in class and rehearsal, and you will receive your full timetable before you start the course.

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.

Your course work will be assessed using UK higher education marking criteria. Official transcripts of the course are provided, and you'll also find additional information about grading and assessments in the Course Handbook - this will help you when converting UK marks and credits to US credits and GPA, for example.

Final decisions about onward use of credit lie with your ‘home’ institution. If you have any queries about this, contact our Admissions Team on [email protected]k for further details.

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.

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Your application

Applications for Spring 2020 are open. We’ll be announcing the opening date for Autumn 2020 applications soon.

Apply for Spring 2020