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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 12000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About MFA Professional Acting at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

Concentrating on process and development, the course nurtures students’ versatility as actors – preparing them to gain and sustain employment in the industry. 

Year One

Technical classes represent 60% of the course content in the first year. Students undertake classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, dance and stage combat. Many of these classes focus on developing intuition and instinct. Workshop performances cover Jacobean, Restoration, Russian naturalism and contemporary texts; they are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation. Television and film work begins at the end of the first year with an intensive introduction to screen acting. Students also embark on a New Writing Project, which continues for the duration of their course. Unique to LAMDA, it introduces students to a professional writer and director with whom they create a new play to perform publicly during their final year. Previous collaborators include James Dacre, Lisa Evans, Ella Hickson, Doug Lucie, Tim Luscombe, Amy Rosenthal, Josie Rourke Jessica Swale, Ché Walker and Steve Waters.

Year Two

Technical classes in the first term concentrate on disciplines and skills specific to the contemporary performance industry. Students train with professional directors, editors and sound and camera operators to create original short films; they also have screen audition practice. Alongside this work students prepare for a workshop performance of a Shakespeare text which then tours schools, in preparation for future public perfromances. During the remainder of the year, students perform public productions in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres – some of these productions tour to venues across the UK and abroad. Technical classes support students throughout the final stages of their training.

Professional Preparation

Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. In addition, graduating students present an industry showcase in a West End theatre each year. Those eligible to work in the USA are also able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. All students who graduate from our FdA Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Students attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Career guidance is provided by LAMDA’s careers team and an independent industry consultant, Sarah Trevis. 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMFAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 12000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

You may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme.

LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086).

Students should be self-financing.

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, most incoming students are 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. There are no academic prerequisites for this course. Applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Admission is by audition and interview.


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