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London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
UNC students have the opportunity to directly enroll at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for a 14-week semester diploma in classical acting. Based on the work of Shakespeare and either Jacobean or English Comedy of Manners playwrights, this course is designed to deepen students’ engagement with classical texts and develop their skills. Intensive and entirely practical, it offers international students an exhilarating introduction to British conservatoire training. Though this program is intended primarily for Dramatic Art majors, applications from students in other disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences would be considered. These applicants should demonstrate experience in dramatic art, including experience or course work equivalent to DRAM 150.
LAMDA, located in west London, is a leading British drama school, consistently regarded as a world-class performing arts institute. It is affiliated with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and its programs have been approved and validated by the University of Kent. Established in 1861, LAMDA is the oldest theatre school in the United Kingdom. The Drama School offers vocational training to students studying to be actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, designers, musical directors and movement instructors.
This program consists of four modules: Acting, Movement, Music, and Voice. Upon successful completion of the program, students can earn up to 16 credits as transfer credits at UNC. Participants take technical classes in acting, voice, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, movement and physical theatre, stage combat and historical dance. You will also take part in three workshops, rehearsing scenes and finally a play from classical texts and performing them to your peers. You will attend a variety of London theatre productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe. The course includes a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the fall, scene study and workshop performances center around Shakespeare’s romances and comedies, as well as Jacobean tragedy. The spring term covers Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, as well as English Comedies of Manners.
Program participants seeking major credit will need to consult with the Department of Dramatic Art for formal approval, though it is likely that the following credit will be awarded for this program:
DRAM 350 - Advanced Acting (3)
DRAM 155 - Movement for the Stage (3)
DRAM 140 - Voice for the Stage (3)
LAMDA’s Registrar and admissions team provide pre-departure and arrival support as well as pastoral care throughout the program. Students are also assigned to a course tutor that will be their first point of contact. The first week of the program includes numerous welcome events and excursions.
LAMDA offers housing to study abroad students. More details about housing are provided to students upon acceptance.
In previous terms LAMDA housing has been at NIDO Student Living’s Notting Hill location, though this is subject to change. At NIDO, students share a two-bedroom apartment with another program participant, each having their own bedroom and sharing the kitchen and bathroom. Students commute by bus and London Underground from NIDO Notting Hill to LAMDA.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access