Published 13/3/18 11:27pm
Degree courses start Sept 2018
We are thrilled to be bringing to MGA – and to Edinburgh – three fully-comprehensive BA (Hons) degrees* in Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance Performance from September 2018!
In collaboration with Bath Spa University, MGA undergraduate courses will be offered in the form of three degrees. Last year, MGA became the first full-time professional training academy in Scotland to receive accreditation for its Dance and Musical Theatre courses by the CDMT, the UK’s quality assurance and membership body for the professional dance, drama and musical theatre training industries.
From Drew Gowland, Co-founder and Managing Director of MGA:
“For more than a decade, we have been providing students with exceptional training on par with London’s leading dance and drama schools. We are thrilled to now announce that our students will now also receive academic recognition from Bath Spa University when they graduate. Our training has allowed our graduates to build successful, international careers on stage and screen and now they will also leave with a degree, enabling them to pursue professional teaching work and postgraduate level study.”
“We will also be offering top-up courses and degrees for those who have already gained HNC and HND qualifications in Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance and are looking forward to welcoming students from schools across the UK and Europe. MGA keeps fees as low as possible in order to appeal to a broad range of prospective students while also maintaining the high quality of staff and tutors who teach here.”
Mark Langley, Head of Music and Performance at Bath Spa, welcomes this new partnership.
“Our aim is always to work with great partners who help us improve and develop our network across the UK. To have such an exciting partner in Scotland is great news for us and for all of the potential students who can get top-quality training for the west end and beyond. We are delighted to be working with MGA, and look forward to the possibilities ahead.”
So are you ready to go for it? And join us on this next step in the MGA story? Next auditions are in Edinburgh on Sunday 18 March and, for the first time ever, in Dublin on Sunday 25 March. There’s never been a better time to aim for your dream career!
Training programmes for September 2018
One-year Foundation (HNC) courses
- Foundation course in Musical Theatre (HNC)
- Foundation course in Acting and Performance (HNC)
- Foundation course in Professional Dance Performance (HNC)
Three-year undergraduate BA (Hons) Degrees
- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
- BA (Hons) Acting
- BA (Hons) Acting (Film and TV)*
- BA (Hons) Dance (Commercial)
- BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)*
BA (Hons) Top-up Year
For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programmes.
- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre top-up year
- BA (Hons) Acting top-up year
- BA (Hons) Dance (Commercial) top-up year
Complete in 1 year full time, 2 years part time.
- Master of Arts (MA) Performance (Theatre Making)*
- Master of Arts (MA) Performance (Dance and Choreography)*
* New for September 2023! (Subject to approval)
Bath Spa University
MGA is thrilled to partner with Bath Spa University from 2018 to offer degree programmes through our Full-time School.
Bath Spa University validates the BA (Hons) degree courses passed by students at MGA and this arrangement is reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure academic standards are maintained.
Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is accredited by the CDMT.
MGA is extremely proud to be Scotland’s first and only CDMT-accredited Performing Arts school. CDMT ensures the provision of high quality professional training through Accreditation of full-time dance, drama and musical theatre schools and colleges, and has provided the industry benchmark of quality assurance for professional training in the UK since 1979.
Full accreditation is only awarded to those schools and colleges that have successfully undertaken a thorough and comprehensive, institutional level review of provision by a panel of CDMT-nominated industry experts. The assessment of provision is made through documentary review, discussions with management, staff and students, observations of teaching and learning, scrutiny of graduate destination data and the review of facilities and resources. Throughout the duration of the accreditation, CDMT undertakes at least one monitoring visit annually and maintains close contact through its Conference of Professional Schools forum which meets three times a year.
Scottish Qualifications Authority
The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is proud to be an SQA Approved Centre, as this recognises the Academy’s commitment to excellence in the training of young performing artists. MGA’s SQA-accredited HNC and HND courses not only guarantee students a practical performance-based training, but also a recognised academic qualification in their chosen field.
SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees. Their overall aim is to manage the qualifications system below degree level to allow students to fulfil their potential to participate in the economy, society and communities of Scotland.
MGA is a Registered Member as a centre for teacher training by ISTD – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing – meaning our students have the opportunity of gaining ISTD Teaching qualifications during their training.
*Subject to final approval. Students on the Dance Performance course will initially enrol on HND course before completing a one year top-up degree.