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Course summary

We have been training visionary and versatile directors for almost 20 years, who have since built rewarding and sustainable careers in the industry. The transformational impact of our training lies in our receptiveness to current industry practice, a commitment to preparing you for all aspects of performance production and to nurturing the individuality of your focus and passion. During this one-year postgraduate MA Directing programme you will build your practice through an intense programme of practical classwork, reflective tutorials and attachments as assistant directors on LAMDA productions, supporting the work of professional directors. Your training will culminate with you directing a play of your choice which will be open to the public and to industry professionals. In your first term, you will observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside postgraduate acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing in order to develop an understanding of the actor’s process. You will participate in seminars in text analysis and interpretation, and the aesthetics and processes particular to screen, as well as directing your fellow students in short scene studies. In your second and third terms, you will assist professional directors on projects, public productions, an original short film and an actors’ workshop at LAMDA. And during the Easter break, you will collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre - an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned and develop your dramaturgical skills. Your year will finish with you directing and staging a play of your choice in one of our performance spaces for the public and invited industry professionals. Over the past two years, these guests have included Natalie Abrahami, Ned Bennett, Giles Croft, Mike Longhurst, Roxanna Silbert and Lyndsey Turner.

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

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:
MADI
Institution code:
L04
Campus name:
LAMDA
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

You must have completed a college or university course, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. You must also have been sufficiently involved in theatre (professional or student) in order to demonstrate serious professional intent on pursuing a career as a director. You must also be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply as we assess English at the auditions and interviews. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Interview


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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £17766* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £17766* Whole course
EU £24941* Whole course
England £17766* Whole course
Northern Ireland £17766* Whole course
Scotland £17766* Whole course
Wales £17766* Whole course
International £24941* 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.
Directing at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) - UCAS