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Fordham in London: London Dramatic Academy
London, United Kingdom (Study Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Major City Academic Setting: Island Center-Based Program, Special Focus
Housing: Apartment 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, Theatre
Program Description:

Conservatory Acting Program

Program Academics | Requirements | Spring 2016 Dates | Fall 2016 Dates

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

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, 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.

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'

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.

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.)

Fall 2016 Dates

Arrival - Wednesday, August 31st (Students must arrive on August 31st before 10:30AM, which means leaving the US on August 30th)

Orientation - Thursday - Friday: September 1st and 2nd

Classes Begin - Monday, September 5th
Last week and final showings - December 5th - 8th

Move-out - Saturday, December 10th (Students must vacate their housing on this day.)

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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
Fall 2016 03/01/2016
Rolling Admission 08/31/2016 12/10/2016
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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