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England: London - Drama

London Drama Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
English

Field of Study
Dramatic arts

Host Institution
Fordham London Center
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Housing
Apartment with program participants or Homestays

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

Faculty Liaison
Betty Bernhard

The Fordham London Drama 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 required program consists of the following courses for a total of 4.0 Pomona course credits or 16 semester credits: British Theatre Acting (6 semester credits); British Theatre Now and Then (3 semester credits); Movement and Stage Combat (4 semester credits); and Voice Training for Actors (3 semester credits).

Living Arrangements

Students choose between flats (apartments) with other Fordham students and homestays. Both options are located within reasonable commuting distance, and Fordham provides a London transportation pass for bus and underground travel. Fordham provides a meal allowance, and Pomona provides a supplement.

Number of Students

Approximately 4. Total group approximately 25–30.

Eligibility

Theater majors; 8.4 GPA preferred. A videotape is required as part of the Fordham application.  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. 

Internet Link

www.fordham.edu/LDA

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