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Fordham in London: London Dramatic Academy
London, United Kingdom (Study Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Major City Academic Setting: Island Center-Based Program, Special Focus
Housing: Dorm Degree: Undergraduate
Provider: Fordham University Host Institution: Fordham London Centre
Foreign Language Competency: None Language of Instruction: English
Field of Study: Fine or Applied Arts
Program Description:

Conservatory Acting Program

Program Academics | Requirements | Spring 2016 Dates

LDA was an incredibly fulfilling and enlightening experience for me. Every class, faculty member, and fellow classmate helped me grow into a better and stronger actor, student, and person and I will be forever grateful. LDA is more than an excellent acting program, it is a family away from home. -Minou Clark

The LDA Conservatory Acting Program is for Study Abroad students who wish to train as actors in London, UK for one semester. The training is based on the curriculum and practices of the great British Classical training academies.The unique program is taught by working professionals, many of whom also teach in the very best of the London Drama Schools. 


Program Academics

Training as an actor involves daily physical and acting classes such as Acting Shakespeare, Period Dance, Physical Theatre, Voice, Speech/Dialects, Acting, Stage Combat , Movement, etc, generally from 9-5pm. Weekly classes include Theatre History, Literature and Dramatic Criticism, based on regular theatre and site visits and other cultural activities. You will have one-on-one meetings with the program director, and be required to write in a reflective journal. 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)

(Classes include: Space, Place & Text; Dramatic Criticism)

(Classes include: Movement; Physical Theatre; Stage Combat; Period Dance; Alexander Technique)

(Classes include: Voice; Speech/Dialects)

Studying in London



The London Dramatic Academy is located at 23 Kensington Square, in one of the most charming areas of London. Centrally located, near museums such as the Victoria and Albert, the Science, and the Natural History, LDA shares its premises with Heythrop College, the philosophy and religion school of the University of London. We have large studios, a library, and smaller rooms for tutorial work. Fordham business and liberal arts students have programs and classes at the London Centre and we share events and activities when appropriate. We are five minutes from the High Street Kensington underground station. Our full-time academic coordinator and office staff are on site to oversee housing, orientation, counseling, events, and activities for all students.

A series of informed guided walks will help you find your feet in London and meeting for social events with other Fordham study abroad students establishes a small friendly campus feel. There are a minimum of twelve exciting theater visits including Stratford (RSC), the National Theatre and the Globe.  Masterclasses enrich the program and LDA endeavours to introduce you to classical, contemporary and unusual theatre along with some of the nooks and crannies of the great city of London.


Fordham University reserves rooms and flats for students in various centrally-located neighbourhoods with providers who specialize in student housing. LDA students are housed particularly close to campus due to their full timetable of classes at the Centre.


Program Director

Kathryn Pogson, Program Director:


Kathryn Pogson trained at Drama Centre. Theatre credits/leading roles include The Arbor and Aunt Dan and Lemon (OBIE Award) at the Royal Court, London, and Public Theatre, N.Y. For the Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Balcony. London’s West End: Richard II, Richard III, and Hamlet. The Globe: Merchant of Venice.


Student Perspective

The London Dramatic Academy was literally a life-changing experience. The program provides extensive tools for auditioning, character building, and tackling Shakespearean texts in a generous and loving environment. I had talented and experienced teachers who gave me practical advice about the business. After attending London Dramatic Academy I feel much more confident and prepared for auditions, rehearsal processes, and performances. The program takes very good care of its students while at the same time challenging them to take risks in their work. The program allows and encourages exploration of the self as an actor as well as a person. I have always wanted to go to London, and London Dramatic Academy was the best way to experience it. I especially appreciate the love and care I received from Katherine Pogson, our acting teacher and interim-director. Her warmth, wisdom, and vibrancy made the program all the better.  - Madeleine Phillips (Spring 2014)

Learn more from students who have studied on the LDA program by checking out this blog!


Entry to the London Dramatic Academy is usually limited to 24 in each semester, Fall and Spring so we strongly encourage you take advantage of our Early Action Deadlines.

Fordham’s London Dramatic Academy program is open to undergraduates majoring or minoring in Theatre.

Applicants should be Sophomores or Juniors during the term they will study abroad,  have completed significant coursework in their major fields of study, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a clear disciplinary record.

All applicants must complete the online Fordham Study Abroad Application by clicking on the "Apply Now" Button above and submitting an audition.

We welcome applicants from colleges and universities outside of Fordham University.

Applicants are required to audition by submitting a recording by YouTube Video link.

Audition Requirements:
Please choose a piece of Shakespeare that means something to you, no longer than 3 minutes.
Only address the camera directly if it is suitable for the piece otherwise try to make a relationship to the person you are talking to.
Please give a 2 minute talk about yourself, your interests or why you would like to come to LDA.

YouTube links should be sent to following the instructions below:

YouTube Instructions: 
1) Please film your audition on a camera (of good quality)
2) Upload the recording to (please following the guidelines on the website on how to upload)
3) Name your video 'STUDENT NAME - LDA Fall 15 (Spring 16) etc. AUDITION'
4) In the description, please write your name and the piece performed
5) After successfully uploading, please send the link address to Kathryn Pogson <> in an email  with the subject 'STUDENT NAME -  FALL 15 (Spring 16 etc.) LDA AUDITION'


Per Term Fees in Academic Year 2015-2016

    Tuition - $23,060
    Non-Academic Fee - $6,800

Comprehensive LDA fees include: tuition, registration and instructional costs for up to 16 credit hours; official transcript for credit transfer; housing in London; pre-departure information and materials; supplemental travel insurance; full-time academic and administrative support services through our London Centre; course theatre tickets; and various social and cultural activities. Group transfer from London Heathrow airport on a date and time yet to be determined is also included in the comprehensive fee.

LDA's rich curriculum is complemented by an excellent theatre and cultural activities program. Once a week for 14 weeks LDA participants attend professional theatre productions as well as various cultural visits; and during the term they also participate in two all day excursions outside of London. While the program varies from semester to semester, most recently students had seen productions at the National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Rose Theatre in Kingston, just to name a few, went on a guided tour of the British Library and Middle Temple, and enjoyed day trips to Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition, LDA's home at Heythrop College, offers participants wonderful opportunities the cultural treasures Kensington has to offer - Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Musem are only minutes away from our Centre!

*Please note that, though highly unlikely, all program related items - including fees and pogramme itinerary - are subject to change and revision.

Financial Aid

Fordham students may apply their financial aid to the LDA program. Depending on the home institution's policy, non-Fordham students can, in most cases, apply their ongoing financial aid award towards study abroad via a consortium agreement. The Financial Aid Office at your home institution can provide information about transferring institutional scholarships as well as grants, loans and procedures for applying.

LDA Scholarship

Fordham University offers a limited number of Scholarships for LDA participants from outside schools- LDA Scholarship Application.pdf. Please contact the LDA Coordinator at for further information.

Estimated Living Costs in London

From past semesters’ experience, the London Centre recommends that participants budget approximately $5,500 - $6,000 per semester. Our budget estimates are as follows: $2,500 for food, $1,750 for travel (flight and local travel), $200 for books and $1,500 for other personal expenses.

Fordham University reserves rooms and flats for students in various centrally-located neighbourhoods with providers who specialise in student housing. LDA students are housed particularly close to campus due to their full timetable of classes at the Centre. Each flat is equipped with a kitchen, living/dining room, and two or three shared bedrooms. Students may be housed with Richmond University in Kensington; those students have access to a meal plan. The choice of accommodation is made by the director of LDA depending upon availability.

Spring 2016 Dates

Arrival - Wednesday, January 13th (Students must arrive on January 13th before 10:30AM)
Orientation - January 14th & 15th 
Classes Begin - Monday, January 18th
Semester Ends - Friday, April 22nd
Departure - Saturday, April 23rd (Students must vacate their housing on this day.)

What suggestions or advice would you give to a prospective study abroad student?
I would tell the prospective student to go ahead and apply. My biggest concern while I was abroad was finances, so I would encourage them to apply earlier in order to give their parents more time and less stress in being able provide financially for the everyday expenses. I would also plan weekend trips ahead of time, and try to see shows outside of the ones already scheduled for the program. 
     — Amber Avant, Spring 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/01/2015
10/15/2015 01/13/2016 04/23/2016
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