Fordham in London: London Dramatic Academy

Location: London, United Kingdom

“I had the chance to discover things about myself that I didn't know were there. I developed a really great work ethic and desire to search deeper to find the motivation behind each character.“
— Caitelin McCoy, Fall 2015

LDA students rehearse

The London Dramatic Academy is an intense, thorough, enriching, empowering and thought-provoking conservatory experience. A theatrical-training challenge not for the faint-hearted. Taught by working professionals who know how to teach.

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Program Details

Location

Fordham’s London Centre is located at Heythrop College, part of the University of London, where students will meet British and foreign students studying a variety of subjects. Students may choose to eat on campus, where a cafeteria serves three meals a day at reasonable prices, or off campus in nearby Kensington Square, which is well known for its cafés, restaurants, and shops. The square was once home to the great philosopher John Stuart Mill; the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones; and the great actress and creator of Eliza Doolittle, Mrs. Patrick Campbell.

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 Dublin and the Republic of Ireland.

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)

LODA 3020 - Theatre History, Literature & Criticism [3 credits]
(Classes include: Space, Place & 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)

View the detailed LDA course descriptions.

Note for Fordham University Theatre majors: Studying at LDA satisfies one semester of Vocal Technique, an Advanced Acting class, one semester of Theatre History (whichever one the actor needs covered) and one elective. Both semesters of Movement must be taken at Fordham with Dawn Saito in the actor’s sophomore year. If an actor studies abroad in the fall, then he/she must complete the requirement of Vocal Technique II in the spring at Fordham. If the actor studies abroad in the spring, then he/she is required to take Vocal Technique I at Fordham in the fall.

Housing

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.

Student Services

The London experience begins with a comprehensive orientation that acquaints students with health, housing, travel, academic, and safety information.

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.