The London Acting Program, offered spring semesters for BU students in the College of Fine Arts, is held in conjunction with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), one of the leading drama schools in the English-speaking world. Students enroll in LAMDA coursework designed specifically for this program, and field trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon and West End theaters complement the curriculum. Students take classes at the centrally located BU London Academic Center.

The courses for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts are for College of Fine Arts (CFA) Boston University students only.

  • CFA TH 312 Voice and Speech/LAMDA (3 credits)
    • Formerly CFA DR 316.
    • Students will develop an understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology (with particular reference to the organs of speech), an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and Cardinal Vowels, as well as analysis of their own accents. In addition, students will develop knowledge and practice of Stage Standard English (Received Pronunciation), release of unhelpful vocal tension, develop an understanding of clear articulation, and the ability to phonetically transcribe nonsense words.
  • CFA TH 324 Acting Restoration/LAMDA (3)
    • Formerly CFA DR 326.
    • Students in these courses will develop a sustained focus in class work, rehearsals and scene showings, while learning to translate feelings and experience into characterization. Emphasis is placed on awareness of weight, space, and time with respect to character, as well as liberated imagination, to develop freedom to explore a character. Improvisation and short scene study develop awareness of different classical styles of playwriting, with research and presentation of different social relationships. Creating and sustaining characters and action in European and British plays, especially those of Molière, Restoration authors, Chekhov, and Shaw. Emphasis on organic interrelation of acting, speech, and movement. The actor explores deeply the demands made by form and content of each script.
  • CFA TH 322 Acting Shakespeare/LAMDA (3)
    • Formerly CFA DR 327.
    • Students in these courses will develop a sustained focus in class work, rehearsals and scene showings, while learning to translate feelings and experience into characterization. Emphasis is placed on awareness of weight, space and time with respect to character, as well as liberated imagination, to develop freedom to explore a character. Improvisation and short scene study develop awareness of different classical styles of playwriting, with research and presentation of different social relationships.
  • CFA TH 332 Movement/LAMDA (3)
    • Formerly CFA DR 338.
    • This course will help students develop group interaction skills, focus skills, physical strength, and posture, while encouraging disciplined skills in free movement and suspend and fall. Students will work on stretching, extending, and strengthening skills, as well as retention and attention to detail in movement and dance. Further training involves complicit play and understanding of rhythms, interpretive movement improvisation, basic stage combat, technical movement in relation to mime, and comedic character movements. It explores various styles of movement. Further works in Alexander techniques and improvisation supplement the teaching.
  • CFA TH 338 Historic Dance/LAMDA (3)
    • Formerly CFA DR 339.
    • Utilizing the foundation of movement, students will develop an understanding of the dances and social background of the Elizabethan period and the 17th through 19th centuries with sessions devoted to Flamenco. Students will develop spatial awareness, period empathy with respect to the techniques, poise, and deportment, as well as achieving a recognition of poor posture, muscular tension, and release of energy and anxiety levels in a constructive way. Styles of dance including commedia dell'arte, court dance, and other period forms will be explored.

Visit the BU London website for more information about the London LAMDA Program.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

    Program Residences

    • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
    • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
    • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
    • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
    • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
    • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
    • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
    • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.
    • Spring Semester: early January to late April
      Please note:
      This program is only offered during the spring semester.
    • Spring: October 1