LAMDA (founded 1861) is The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.
It is one of the oldest Drama Schools in the United Kingdom and has a global reputation for excellence.
You can find out more about LAMDA at www.lamda.org.uk
LAMDA began offering speech and drama examinations to the public in the 1880's and these examinations have been refined and developed over the years to form a comprehensive system of performance and progress evaluation in speech and drama. The Academy's mission is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, nurture an appreciation of literature and support creative, intellectual and social development.
Students who attend classes with us take a LAMDA examination once year, and is the speech and drama equivalent of a music grade or ballet exam.
Like music and ballet grades LAMDA Exams conclude with Grade 8.
LAMDA offer examinations in various disciplines of drama:
Exams can be taken at 4 levels.
There are also Introductory levels for 5-7 year old's who are just learning to memorize, recite and communicate.
Our fees page includes a guide to entry fees for LAMDA Exams.
All people can benefit from taking LAMDA Exams:
For further information on LAMDA exams and the UCAS Tariff please click here.
LAMDA Exams are well tailored to the abilities of students of all ages. For a five-year-old, reciting an eight-line poem is an achievement to be celebrated,
while a sixteen-year-old reciting a Shakespeare sonnet is equally notable.
LAMDA exams recognize these achievements, provide a context within which they can be assessed and reward them with nationally recognized qualifications, (as part of theQualifications and Credit Framework or QCF).
For further information on the accreditation of LAMDA exams and the QCF please click here.
LAMDA examinations are designed to equip learners, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.
Preperation for an exam can:
The examinations themselves provide learners with an opportunity to:
The range of exam options supports progression and allows the learner to extend personal and vocational skills whilst realizing their potential.
A LAMDA Exam consists of two elements.
First the candidate(s) give a performance which an examiner watches. Then the candidate(s) have a short discussion with the examiner.
A performance might include:
The kind of pieces chosen for performance, the number and length of the pieces and the nature of the discussion depends on the grade being taken.
Some pieces and subjects will be prescribed by LAMDA, and others maybe freely chosen by the candidate.
At one end of the scale, a young beginner, taking an Introductory Exam recites a short poem of about eight lines, and then talks to the examiner
informally about a favourite toy. A the other end of the scale, a Grade 8 Acting student would present three monologues or scenes, of which, one must be classical, and then a lengthy informal discussion with the examiner about the technicalities of the acting process and acting theory.
The maximum score in a LAMDA Exam is 100.
40 marks are awarded for Interpretation, 40 for Technique and 20 for Knowledge
The Interpretation mark reflects the candidate's imaginative engagement with the written word - how well he or she has grasped and communicated:
The Technique mark reflects the candidate's vocal and physical performance - how well he or she has used the voice and body to:
The Knowledge mark reflects the candidate's:
Overall marks are awarded as follows:
For further information on LAMDA Exams at the "Curtain Up" Speech & Drama School, please click here.