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The award

How long you will study
7 Month

Domestic course fees
GBP 13007 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13007 per year

All study options

About LAMDA Foundation Diploma at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

Note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited diplomas.

This two-term course provides entry-level training in acting, stage management, theatre design and playwriting. It is designed for less experienced students and for those who wish to develop their skills before pursuing additional vocational training.

The content and intensity of the curriculum make this one of the most exciting introductory courses in the UK. Graduates have gone on to act professionally after further training at LAMDA or other drama schools. Others are enjoying successful careers as writers, directors, designers and theatre critics.

Technical classes – including acting, audition technique, improvisation, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, dance, playwriting, set design and stage combat – account for 60% of the course content. Scene study and workshop presentations cover Shakespeare, Russian naturalism and contemporary drama, and are closed to the public.

During the course, students participate in a devised movement performance and an extended improvisation project. They also collaborate with a writer and director to create a new piece of work through a process of research, improvisation and rehearsal. Students are encouraged to see as much theatre as possible and to attend exhibitions at art galleries and museums.

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 awardUG:DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study7 month
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 13007 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13007 per year

Notes about fees for this course


No UK government funding is available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Each year, one student receives a full tuition fee scholarship, awarded at LAMDA’s discretion. We notify the person who has been selected to receive this scholarship when we offer them a place on the course. There is no prior application process and all applicants are automatically considered. There are no other LAMDA Scholarships or Bursaries for this course. 

Entry requirements

The minimum entry age for this course is 18. 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/or interview, depending on experience and career intent.


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