MGA offers options for up to four years of training, growing your core skills in acting, singing and dance to turn you into a professional performer, ready for anything the industry can throw at you! Audition to enter our courses – Foundation, Degree or Degree Top-Up – at the right stage for you, depending on your current technical abilities, previous performance experience and academic achievement.
Courses have been designed after thorough consultation with leading Performing Arts practitioners who have helped MGA and our academic partners in Bath Spa University and the Scottish Qualifications Authority create this comprehensive and effective set of courses we offer here in Edinburgh.
With hard work, determination, the outstanding training at MGA and subsequent support network, our graduates can go on to long and fulfilling professional careers.
All our course information is contained on this website, no prospectus needed! If you are unsure about which course is most suitable for you after reading the course information, please contact MGA to discuss your application. This is an important decision and MGA is more than happy to help you make the right choice.
Current full-time courses
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 BA (Hons) courses
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 programme.
- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre top-up year
- BA (Hons) Acting top-up year
- BA (Hons) Dance for Commercial Performance top-up year
* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up
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.