LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

LAMDA Image by Richard Hubert SmithAt LAMDA we believe drama has the power to transform lives. We want people to experience this through our exceptional training, examinations, facilities and productions.

In 2015, LAMDA was ranked 4th in The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Top 25 Drama Schools in the World’; higher than any other UK or European institution. A world-leading Higher Education provider, LAMDA offers vocational training to actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers, regardless of their background or economic circumstances.

Our graduates include Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, TV), Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, TV), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, Film), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Film), Anna Chancellor (Spooks, TV), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Film), Harriet Walter (Downton Abbey, TV), Howard Panter of Ambassador Theatre Group and many more 

As well as the hundreds of student we welcome on our full-time and short courses, almost 100,000 candidates in over 30 countries worldwide take our performance and communications examinations each year.

How will you get involved?

 LAMDA Exams

LAMDA has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. Rita Ora, Neil Gaiman and Lily Cole are just a few of the former LAMDA exams candidates that you may recognise. There are many more!

Our examinations are all about achievement and empowerment. Anyone can take a LAMDA exam, regardless of age, ability, ambition or experience. They offer an exciting way to develop communications and performance skills in many different areas, including:

  • Acting
  • Speaking Verse and Prose
  • Speaking in Public
  • Miming
  • Group Recital
  • Choral Speaking
  • Musical Theatre

 Click here to hear from some of our exam students.

Click here to learn more about LAMDA exams.

If you’d like to study for LAMDA exams, you can find a teacher in your area by clicking here

LAMDA Film Course image by Richard Hubert Smith

LAMDA Short Courses

Throughout the summer we offer Short Courses to suit students of all abilities. Designed to challenge and inspire in a supportive environment, these courses are taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time, vocational training. Our range of 2017 courses includes:

Click here to learn more about our short courses 

 Vocational training LAMDA Image by Richard Hubert SmithVocational Training

We offer exceptional vocational training for actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, and designers.

We train approximately 220 UK and international students a year across five validated degree courses and our own range of diploma courses. Our students are selected on their individual merit, not on their ability to pay; at least one in five receives support through our scholarships and bursaries programme

We deal in excellence, passion, talent and imagination – creating an inventive learning environment and a friendly, supportive starting point for a journey into the profession. Our tutors have years of experience, as do the directors, designers, writers, actors and industry leaders who choose to share their expertise with us. Our close collaboration with the industry means that our students are highly sought after; you’ll find our graduates in theatres and on screens worldwide!

Click here to learn more about LAMDA’s full-time

Acting, Directing and Stage Management courses.

If you’d like to learn more about LAMDA, visit our website or email