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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 14747 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 20327 per year

All study options

About MA Directing at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

New for 2014, this four term course offers talented, emerging directors a contemporary and wide-reaching vocational training.

LAMDA has been training directors for almost 20 years and our graduates have gone on to work at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Young Vic. The success of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice coupled with our commitment to preparing students for all aspects of performance production. This results in visionary and versatile directors who are equipped for sustainable careers in the industry.

Students undertake an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional practitioners.

Students observe and participate in core LAMDA acting classes – working across the four disciplines of acting, voice, movement, singing, and developing an understanding of the actor’s process. They also receive tuition on pre-production planning skills, text analysis, script preparation, aesthetics and screen & audio training

Midway through their training, our directing students collaborate with our acting students to devise an original piece of theatre, developing their dramaturgical skills. These are presented as workshop performances, which are closed to the public.

Throughout the course, students undertake a number of assistant director attachments on LAMDA’s public, workshop and short film productions, working with both in-house and visiting directors. 

During the third term, they also start pre-production work on their own shows: selecting a play, securing the performance rights and working with a designer. The final term is dedicated to staging these plays, with industry guests invited to watch the final productions in The LAMDA Linbury Studio.

In addition to extensive production work, students receive masterclasses from visiting playwrights, producers, agents and directors.


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 awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 14747 per yearInternational course feesGBP 20327 per year

Notes about fees for this course


There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a college or university course and be sufficiently involved in student theatre to indicate serious professional intent, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course.

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


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