Our courses

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

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.


* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up

Course accreditation

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

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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

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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.

ISTD

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.

Full-Time Auditions

Applications are taken all year round, until course places are full – so the earlier in the year you apply, the more places will be available. We are currently in Phase 3 to receive applications, which ends on March 27th.

Auditions are available in person (at MGA campus in Edinburgh) or by online video submission. Select the method you wish to audition via when you fill in our initial application form. A member of our team will be in touch within two weeks of submission to take you through the process. Apply now »

In-person audition dates:

  • Sunday 27th March 2022
  • Sunday 24th April 2022
  • Sunday 29th May 2022
  • Sunday 26th June 2022
  • Sunday 7th August 2022

If you are unsure which course to apply for, please get in touch admissions@themgaacademy.com and the MGA Team will be happy to discuss it with you.

Published 25/1/22   12:28PM

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Published 20/1/22   10:20AM

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Published 19/1/22   9:51AM

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Published 23/12/21   5:15PM

Merry Christmas from MGA

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