The London Dramatic Academy (LDA) Conservatory Acting Program is for Study Abroad students who wish to train in London, UK, for one semester as actors. The training is based on the curriculum and practices of the great British Classical training academies. Many of the faculty teach in the best of these schools and are working professionals.
What You’ll Learn
The actors’ mind, body and spirit is their instrument and must be kept in tune. LDA provides classes in Acting (Contemporary and Classical), Physical Theatre, Voice, Speech/Dialects, Period Dance, Alexander Technique, Stage Combat, and Movement. Academic classes include Theatre History, Literature, and Dramatic Criticism, Space/Place/Time based on regular theatre visits and site visits in and out of London.
What You’ll Achieve
Graduates have gone on to train at some of America’s and Britain’s foremost actor training programs and are pursuing careers both in the theatre and allied professions.
The skills you learn as an actor are useful tools in any walk of life. You will develop your physical and vocal potential, your communication, analytical and ensemble building skills. A good training should last a lifetime, feeding the imagination and your understanding of human psychology.
Increase your knowledge of poetry, literature, and drama. Research in art, music, and dance.
Increase your critical skills. Question habits and assumptions. Take artistic risks in a safe.
This program is limited to Theater Majors ONLY.
Fordham’s London Centre is located in the Borough of Camden in Central London, in a neighborhood called Clerkenwell.
The United Kingdom—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—is a diverse place full of contrasts, featuring a wide range of landscapes and cultures. London, the largest city in Europe, is a bustling cosmopolitan center of astonishing variety and interest that a visitor could explore for months without turning over every stone. The other regions of the U.K. are fascinating for their own reasons, each with a unique personality and history.
While based at Fordham’s London Centre, students may choose to venture from Cornwall in the far west to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the north. Cities such as Edinburgh, York, Durham, Chester, and Canterbury are reachable by an excellent rail network, as are areas of great natural beauty, such as the Lake District, the New Forest, and North Wales. And it’s only a quick trip to the Republic of Ireland or France, Spain, and Italy in continental Europe.
The London Dramatic Academy is a conservatory training for those serious about the art of Acting. Taught by working professionals who are passionate about teaching. Small classes developing the body, voice, and mind. Learning to think like an actor and leaving with useful tools for the trade. The work is rigorous, demanding and focused. Ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary text. Alexander Technique to Physical Theatre. Voice, Speech and Dialect, Stage Combat, Period Dance, Movement to challenge your body and Dramatic Criticism and Space/Place/Text to sharpen your mind. The London Theatre cornucopia is on your comfortable central accommodation door-step. Twelve theatre visits including Stratford and guided walks to introduce you to this extraordinary world city. You will leave changed. Better equipped for a life in the theatre or the theatre of life. You will have one-on-one meetings with the program director. You will have the chance to meet theatre professionals and other experts in the field, and participate in a unique curriculum.
You will enroll in the following classes:
LODA 3010 - Acting [6 credits]
(Classes include: Acting; Acting Shakespeare; Audition Tutorials)
LODA 3020 - Theatre History, Literature and Criticism [3 credits]
(Classes include: Space, Place, and Text; Dramatic Criticism)
LODA 3030 - Physical Training for Actors [4 credits]
(Classes include: Movement; Physical Theatre; Stage Combat; Period Dance; Alexander Technique)
LODA 3040 - Voice Training for Actors [3 credits]
(Classes include: Voice; Speech/Dialects)
Students are housed in shared student residences in residential areas in Zone 1 or 2, both of which offer a commute by public transport to classes at the London Centre and your chosen host university. The residences have self-catering facilities with a shared lounge. All of our housing is centrally located within London, in areas with shops and transportation and within reach of city attractions.