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Course summary

This challenging and rewarding MFA acting postgraduate course will enhance and develop your craft through experiencing world-class conservatoire training. While this will be the first intake year for the MFA Classical Acting course, LAMDA has a long history of exemplary training for the classical theatre. This course is principally aimed at graduates who may have some professional acting experience. Applicants should have a knowledge and interest in classical texts and the speaking of verse and prose, and a commitment to a career as a professional actor. The MFA certification is particularly useful for prospective applicants from the United States (among others), for whom it will serve as an entry-level qualification for college teaching in Arts subjects. On this course you'll benefit from working collaboratively as an ensemble as well as independently to carry out an independent project. We build upon this tradition and take it further by exploring emerging new techniques and possibilities in contemporary theatre. This immersive MFA will advance your knowledge and give you a fuller skillset to draw on in your work. We teach each student as an individual, which means that you’ll be able to build on your prior experience whilst encouraging your growth as a professional actor. This course is only suitable if you have previous experience in the industry or a qualification in drama or acting. This intensive masters degree in classical acting is delivered through an inspiring and exhilarating programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, including public-facing performances in our largest space, The Sainsbury Theatre. Working on plays from the Shakespearean, Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, French classical and Restoration periods you will discover how classical theatre translates across centuries, cultures and languages, and build an awareness of their historical, political and social context, and their impact on modern theatre. You will take classes in craft skills to develop and strengthen your existing abilities and prepare you for the rehearsal process. Delivered throughout the year in long modules, these will include acting (voice, textual analysis and contextual studies), movement, music and singing. You will progress through the application of your acquired knowledge of both theory and practice as it relates to the intelligent exploration and development of original characters. And you will also complete a thesis presentation reflecting on the relationship between your classical training and contemporary theatre practice. Your first year will culminate in the staging of a Shakespeare production to which agents and casting directors are invited. Year two will include two modules: Pedagogies of Classical Acting and New Classics Project.

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.


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

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

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

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 direct to LAMDA via our website.

Entry requirements

Minimum age 18, although most students will be 21 or over. This course is designed for international students with a BA or BFA degree (or equivalent) in drama or acting, or comparable professional experience in the industry.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7

You should be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply, as we assess this at the auditions. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place. We can only accept IELTS for UKVI.

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

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £27232* Whole course
International £27232* Whole course
Channel Islands £27232* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £27232* Whole course
England £27232* Whole course
Northern Ireland £27232* Whole course
Scotland £27232* Whole course
Wales £27232* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Classical Acting: Performance and Practice at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) - UCAS