MA Directing (Taught) LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)

Postgraduate

Awarded by: University of Kent

Course Overview
In the first term, students observe and participate in core LAMDA training alongside postgraduate acting students, working across the disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing to develop an understanding of the actor’s process. There are seminars in text analysis and interpretation, as well as the aesthetics and processes particular to screen. Students also direct each other in short scene studies. In the second and third terms, MA students assist professional directors on four projects, including two public productions, an original short film and an actors’ workshop. During the Easter break, students collaborate with LAMDA actors to devise an original piece of theatre - an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and develop their dramaturgical skills.

Professional Preparation
Students undertake assistant director attachments within LAMDA, working with both in-house and visiting directors. Phillip Breen, Tinuke Craig, Iqbal Khan, Rebecca Frecknall, Ria Parry, Anthony Clark, Lekan Lawal and Lisa Spirling are some of the directors who have worked with our students. Students also receive masterclasses from visiting professional directors. Industry guests are invited to watch final productions and give feedback. These have included Sally Cookson, Mike Longhurst, Giles Croft, Ned Bennett and Lyndsey Turner.

Application Deadline
The standard UCAS deadline for applications is 15 January 2019, as mentioned below, but we will consider all applications received before 1 May 2019.

  • Qualification

    MA

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    LAMDA

  • Start date

    23 September 2019

  • Duration

    1 year


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 Production

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code MDIR
Institution code L04
Campus name LAMDA
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

LAMDA sponsors Tier 4 visa applications for this course. Applicants should be fluent English speakers. 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 will need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if offered a place.


Entry requirements

The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, incoming students are usually aged 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must have completed a college or university course, or have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. They must have been sufficiently involved in theatre (professional or student) in order to demonstrate serious professional intent in pursuing a career as a director. Applicants should be fluent English speakers. 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 will need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if offered a place.


Audition locations

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

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

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
LAMDA £54 £54

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
LAMDA No fee charged

Additional information

In the first round you should be prepared to discuss your reasons for wanting to take this course and must bring your portfolio with you to help demonstrate aspects of your work. In the second round, you will be asked to direct a short scene with professional actors, which will be observed by a theatre practitioner. Note: Applicants will only be invited for interview if they have completed a college or university course, and are sufficiently involved in student theatre to indicate serious professional intent; or must have adequate professional experience to meet the demands of the course. Interviews for this course take place in London, if you are an Overseas student you may be able to organise your first round interview via Skype. Please note any subsequent recalls would be in London or New York.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £20,937 Year 1
EU £20,937 Year 1
International £20,937 Year 1
England £20,937 Year 1
Northern Ireland £20,937 Year 1
Scotland £20,937 Year 1
Wales £20,937 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

For information on how to fund your course at LAMDA, please see our website: https://www.lamda.ac.uk/our-courses/fund-your-training