About London Drama Academy
The London Drama Academy Conservatory Acting Program offers Theater majors/minors the experience of British Classical training taught by working professionals. Daily physical and acting classes focus on acting Shakespeare, period dance, physical theater, voice, speech and dialect training, stage combat and movement, all important elements of the program. See curriculum details on the Program Website.
Located in central London (pop. 8.3 million), The London Drama Academy (LDA) is based at the Fordham University London Center at Heythrop College. Museums, art and music venues abound in the Kensington area where participants study and live. The program takes advantage of the cultural events, activities and theatrical productions in London. Students attend regular performances and site visits are organized to Stratford (Royal Shakespeare Company), the National Theater, and the Globe.
Courses & Credit:
16 U.S. semester hours will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits
(6 credits) = Theater 351 (1.5 Wheaton credit)
- THEATER HISTORY, LITERATURE & CRITICISM
(3 credits) = Theater 398 (.75 Wheaton credit)
- PHYSICAL TRAINING FOR ACTORS
(4 credits) = Theater 298 (1.0 Wheaton credit)
- VOICE TRAINING
(3 credits) = Theater 198 (.75 Wheaton credit)
Total Semester Credit Award:
16 credits = 4.0 Wheaton credits
For Theater majors/minors only. An audition is required. See program literature for specific requirements and guidelines for audition subject, format and materials or live audition.
All applicants must complete the online Fordham Study Abroad Application by clicking on the "Apply Now" Button on the Fordham Study Abroad Website: http://www.fordham.edu/info/21468/london_centre/3487/how_to_apply.
Students must perform any extract, no longer than 2 ½ minutes in length, chosen from any monologue of Shakespeare’s plays. Please note that since Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night are all too familiar, applicants should focus on other plays. It is always advisable to choose a less, rather than more, familiar. (If you need any suggestions, see the Program list with a number of Speeches from suitable plays.) Applicants are required to audition either in person or by submitting a recording.
Recorded auditions need to be submitted together with the application, in the form of online video (or DVD). The recording should run no longer than 10 minutes with good picture and sound quality. The recorded audition must contain the following: A brief introduction to yourself as well as some words about your reasons for applying to the LDA and what you hope to bring to the program. When recording an audition, the simpler the background and your costume, the less it distracts from your performance.
Housing & Board:
Housing is located close to campus in flats (apartments), with kitchens. Students handle their own food preparation and costs. The LDA/Fordham London Center also has a café.
Click here for the LDA budget worksheet.!
(Estimated personal expenses are available on the LDA website)
Other Items to Note:
- All students accepted to a study abroad program will be assessed a $500 non-refundable confirmation fee at the time of final confirmation of study abroad participation.
- Students are not charged the technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program.
- Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322