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London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
(Shakespeare Summer School)
UNC students have the opportunity to directly enroll at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for an 8-week Shakespeare Summer School. This in-depth practical acting course is designed to develop a greater understanding of poetic drama and encourage a creative approach to solving the challenges involved in performing classical work.
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 draws on dramatic material from both the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods enabling students to discover the connections and challenges that performing it presents.
Working in acting companies of no more than 15 students, the work is rooted in the core LAMDA disciplines of acting, voice and movement and singing. There will be classes in acting, pure movement, physical theatre, stage combat, historical dance, Alexander Technique, singing and textual analysis alongside two scene study workshops that focus on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; writers such as Jonson, Marlow, Middleton and Webster.
Additionally, you will receive specialist sessions on the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s world, and attend productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as well as shows in London theatres such as Shakespeare’s Globe. The course culminates in ‘open rehearsals’ of Shakespeare and Jacobean scenes for an audience of students and tutors.
Program participants seeking major credit will need to submit a Credit Request Form (below) to the Department of Dramatic Art, 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)
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access