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England: London - Drama

London - Drama Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Field of Study
Dramatic arts

Host Institution
Fordham London Center
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Apartment with program participants 

Program Dates
Fall semester: early September to mid-December. Students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the spring semester.

Faculty Liaison
Betty Bernhard

Fordham University: London Dramatic Academy (LDA) - Conservatory Acting Program

The Fordham Dramatic Academy - Conservatory Acting Program was established in the early 1970s in association with a small group of theater tutors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. It offers students the opportunity to study and work with leading professional theater tutors from some of the best known and most prestigious British drama academies and schools. Through practical work, scene study, and performance workshops, students work on improving their interpretations of both classical and modern material. The program combines the intensity of British theater training with intellectually and personally enriching experiences, and provides access to many cultural opportunities in London. The curriculum is a set program without course choices or electives. Classes are held in central London at the Fordham London Center.

In addition to formal instruction, the program includes guest lectures, master classes, six to eight theater trips, and numerous field trips in and out of London.

Academic Program

The program consists of the following courses for a total of 4.0 Pomona course credits or 16 semester credits:

Acting (1.5 Pomona credits)
Theatre History, Literature & Criticism (0.75 Pomona credits)
Physical Training for Actors (1.0 Pomona credits)
Voice Training for Actors (0.75 Pomona credits)

Living Arrangements

Students live in shared rooms in flats (apartments) with other Fordham LDA students. Housing is in a centrally located neighborhood, a few minutes' walk from the program center. Fordham also provides a meal allowance, and Pomona provides a supplement.

Number of Students

Fordham enrolls approximately 25–30 students, selected from a national pool. 


  • Students must declare a Theater major.
  • 8.4 GPA preferred. 

Fordham requires applicants to submit a 10-minute recorded audition. Please see their website for specific details.

Students must have strong practical experience in theater and acting. As the program requires considerable physical activity, applicants should be physically fit and in good general health, and should not have any restrictions on their physical activity. 

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