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Course summary

Whether it’s acting, making, writing, film, screen, audio, virtual production, music theatre, movement theatre, directing or producing you are interested in, the Cert HE Foundation in Stage and Screen can be your springboard into the performing and technical arts. The course offers you the opportunity to experience first-hand the industry leading actor training at LAMDA, as well as expand your creative horizon in helping you identify who you want to be as an artist. It can act both as preparation for a degree or as a standalone course, providing the tools and connections to step into the creative industries. Ever-evolving and responding to the current demands of a changing industry, this course focuses on YOU and what you want your creative identity to be. It helps you identify how you want to express yourself as an artist and it will empower you to trust your unique path, training the actors and artists of the future! You will connect with exciting theatre makers, virtual production and technical arts specialists and directors from across the UK and London, giving you an opportunity to make connections beyond LAMDA, as well as learn from LAMDA practitioners and alumni who are making their own work and will share their experiences as artists with you. Every Module has been conceived in collaboration with associated artists, LAMDA practitioners and LAMDA alumni. Our approach to the training is to create equitable, non-hierarchical and empowering rehearsal and production rooms in which it is safe to challenge each other, challenge pre-conceived ideas of what the responsibility of actors and creatives as artists and storytellers might be, whilst always championing accountability, professionalism and discipline within the ensemble. Each module within the course will have its own structure, depending on the specialism you’ll be exploring. Throughout the course, you will receive core skills training in voice, acting, movement and music until you begin your final rehearsal to performance module. There is also a grounding in the technical production skills to stage, light, film, record and virtually produce performances. This includes working with our state-of-the-art "future tech" kit. You will have the opportunity to learn skills for the actor in performing on, running and using our LED Volume stage and Motion Capture studio for performance and film. This is an intensive, six month course, which runs 4 days of the week, Monday - Thursday. Key Elements

  • Ensemble and Reflective Practice
  • Artist Development
  • Acting
  • Movement
  • Music
  • Voice
  • Technical and Virtual Production Arts
Modules
  • Introduction to Actor Training
  • New Work and Devising
  • Lights, Music, Virtual Production and Sound
  • Unlocking Complex Texts
  • Putting It All Together
The course concludes with a final module where students work with a project director and a team of industry creatives to develop, produce, create and rehearse a final performance piece, culminating in a short tour and a performance at LAMDA.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Drama Performance

Modules

Introduction to Actor Training: Every module of this course is based on encouraging you to work creatively from yourself and as a collective. A series of industry professional and practitioner-led workshops and projects will help you assemble your creative and technical tool kit in Acting, Voice, Movement, Singing and Screen & Audio. Our screen training is a world player and we will provide you with individual hands-on training that will allow you to truly bring yourself to the work, and through a single lens, speak to many. This last year has changed the landscape of casting, and the machine of the industry. This includes acting on an LED Volume stage and for Motion Capture. Aside from hands-on work on scenes and screen-acting techniques, you will also review and improve your self-taping skills, learn about film making, editing and audio. New Work and Devising: This exciting module creates the space, time and targeted experiences for you to develop your own artistic voice, unapologetically and with confidence. You’ll work with inspiring and ground-breaking theatre makers of today, who will guide you through the process of a devised project with hands-on tools for writing and theatre making. You will learn how to bring your own ideas to fruition, and gain knowledge of theatrical forms and devices in a series of masterclasses. You will share your work-in-progress pieces with each other, understand more about artist-led feedback, and you will experience what it is like to create as part of an ensemble. This module culminates in an internal sharing of your solo-created pieces. Unlocking Complex Texts: In a contemporary context we question what the classics have to say in the 21st century and where the modern classics are being born in new languages and new artists. We understand that the great writers were the rebels and rule breakers of their day so we look to explore this also in our global context of spoken work artists, poets and playwrights working in heightened styles. We offer you the opportunity to explore classical text through a contemporary lens, to engage with the playfulness in complex poetic drama: rhythm and rhyme, meter and verse, rhetoric and repetition, imagery and word play, and learn what we can bring to this language to bring it to life. Lights, Music, Virtual Production and Sound: Movement and music are powerful tools that help us tell the stories we want to tell, when words just aren’t enough. Train in the most exciting forms of contemporary movement theatre and become confident in non-verbal, playful expression through sessions in movement theatre and dance.   Learn how music can work as a storytelling device, and explore your singing voice and individual musical identity in an accessible, actor-driven way. This module culminates in you telling a story as an ensemble, relying entirely on music and movement. You will also experience the basics of screen acting in a multi-platform way. Learn to love being in front of and behind the camera and acquire skills in operating new technology for film making.  You will get creative with the digital and virtual production by making your own short films and learning to operate and create performances using virtual production. Putting It All Together: You will work with a project director to create and produce a final performance piece drawing upon a chosen text. The culmination will be a Primary Schools Tour followed by a LAMDA in house sharing for family and friends and will demonstrate your skills in technical theatre, devising, producing and being an ensemble and company member.  The company will take on all the roles required to bring a show to life, from producer, dramaturg, associate director, to stage manager, writer and company manager. The play will be rehearsed and performed by you, led by an exciting creative team of industry professionals. Use your newly learned techniques to explore creating and performing a piece of theatre for a young audience.


How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

Course code:
CFDN
Institution code:
L04
Campus name:
LAMDA
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants wishing to be auditioned in North America should apply directly via our website. https://www.lamda.ac.uk/all-courses/acting-directing-courses/lamda-foundation-diploma

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

You need to be a fluent English speaker to apply for this course.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

First round auditions will be done via a self-tape video. After we have received and processed your application, we will email you to tell you how to upload your video. You can choose any contemporary monologue piece for this video. More advice about that is available on our website at https://www.lamda.ac.uk/all-courses/how-to-apply You will have 14 days from the date of submission to send LAMDA a link to your self-tape.

Interview

If you are successful at the first round, you may be invited to an in-person recall audition at LAMDA in London, which will include an interview. You may also be invited to a second audition via Zoom or Teams.


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LAMDA£15£15

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LAMDANo fee charged

Additional information

Applications will remain open until 31 May 2024. Different fees apply if you are applying to be auditioned in person in North America. This is detailed on the course page on the LAMDA website: https://www.lamda.ac.uk/all-courses/acting-directing-courses/ If you are invited to an in-person recall audition at LAMDA, there will be an additional charge of £36. Further details will be sent by email as applicable.


Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9000 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £9000 Whole course
England £9000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9000 Whole course
Scotland £9000 Whole course
Wales £9000 Whole course
EU £18000 Whole course
International £18000 Whole course

Additional fee information

You will require neutral black clothing for most classes and rehearsals, eg loose t-shirts and jogging bottoms. You will also need a yoga mat.
Foundation in Stage and Screen at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) - UCAS