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.