The Foundation Diploma is a one-year vocational training in acting which provides basic training in acting.

This course is aimed at those wishing to gain experience and confidence in a drama school setting before embarking on a higher level course at drama school or university, or for those wishing to learn more about acting and the performing arts.

The course is a comprehensive training in core acting techniques, Improvisation, textual analysis, vocal training, singing, movement and dance. There are regular performance projects that enable our students to put their learning into practice. All classes are taught by experienced working professionals.

The first term focuses on acting technique which are the foundations of performance. In the second term students explore their creativity and learn to use their life experiences to give depth to their roles as an actor. The third term consists of full-time rehearsals for our productions in professional theatre venues in Central London. Students benefit from regular meetings with working actors, directors and other industry professionals who will give practical advice on different aspects of the acting world.

On completion of the Foundation Diploma Programme LSDA may offer students a place on the Advanced Acting Diploma course if a student has displayed exceptional talent and discipline during the year.

Our course runs Monday to Friday over three terms, each day is approximately 9am – 4.30pm and is delivered between LSDA’s three venues.


Take a look at our ‘Foundation Course Factsheet’ to find out more about the Foundation Diploma course offered at LSDA including detailed curriculum information:
Foundation Diploma – Factsheet – 2024-25

Take a look at our ‘Foundation Course Modules 2024–2025’ PDF to see a term by term breakdown of all modules on the Foundation Diploma for the 2024/25 academic year:
Foundation Diploma – Course Modules 2024-25


Requirements for entry for our full-time courses:
– Demonstrate your talent for performance
– Show your commitment to learning
– Describe how you will benefit from the course

The Foundation Diploma course is for talented students with some previous experience and or training. A student may be offered a place without either experience and or training, if they have displayed talent/potential during the audition process.  


The total tuition fee for the course is £7,995

This fee is inclusive of the required £1,000 confirmation payment (due on acceptance of place). The remainder is to be paid in three instalments: two payments of £2,335 (before the start of both terms 1 & 2) and one payment of £2,325 (before the start of term 3).  A discount rate of £7,495 applies if full tuition fees are paid prior to course commencement.

Course Application Form:
LSDA Application Form – Word