Note: Program not eligible for U.S. Federal financial aid because the semester program is shorter than 15 weeks
LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) is a world-class drama school, providing exceptional British conservatoire training. For over 150 years, LAMDA has been preparing actors, directors, stage managers and technicians for sustainable careers in the industry; our graduates include Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, John Lithgow and Ruth Wilson.
For more information, please visit www.lamda.org.uk
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LAMDA is located in West London, very near the Barons Court Underground Station with direct tube and bus connections to the city centre and the West End.
The LAMDA Semester Diploma Classical Acting is an entirely practical intensive, offering international students an introduction to the finest in British conservatoire training. Based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean or Restoration playwrights, this course is designed to deepen students' engagement with classical texts and develop their skills. This course is rigorous and geared for only the most dedicated young actor.
You will take technical classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, stage combat and historical dance. You will also attend a variety of West End productions, including performances at Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre. The course includes a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
All applicants must be fluent English speakers.
LAMDA offers its 14-week Semester Diploma Classical Acting
each autumn and spring (not eligible for U.S. Federal financial aid because shorter than 15 weeks)
Autumn Semester: Early September to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early January to Mid April
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Our Semester Diploma Classical Acting consists of four individual modules that are validated by the University of Kent (subject to completion of the validation process). Student will receive a transcript with contact hours and assessment.
In the autumn, scene study and workshop performances center upon Shakespeare's romances and comedies, as well as Jacobean tragedy.
In the spring, students cover Shakespeare's histories and tragedies, as well as Restoration comedy.
All rehearsals culminate in workshop performances which are closed to the public.
Housing and Meals:
LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request to semester course students for an additional cost. Housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please see the website for more information. Full details of the accommodation available and costs are sent to applicants when they are offered a place. All accommodation is self-catered with a range of supermarkets, cafes and restaurants near both the LAMDA campus and students' housing.
Insurance Requirement or Health Recommendations:
All students must purchase SDSU comprehensive international health insurance.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months)
are not required to apply for a visa. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months)
are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. Please see the UK Border Agency
website for more details and instructions.
The estimated costs below are provided only for student informational purposes and are not intended as an official program budget. The SDSU Study Abroad office reserves the right to make changes at any time. We encourage all students to view the most up-to-date bulletin of SDSU tuition and fees on the Student Account Services
website. All living expenses will vary by type of housing, location and each student's lifestyle. Furthermore, while we encourage students to budget for extracurricular travel, the budget excludes these costs in an effort to show only necessary expenses.
See Dates and Fees
on the LAMDA Semester Diploma in Classic Acting webpage