Fees and funding for full-time training

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is the only Council for Dance and Drama Education and Training college in Scotland. We are also the largest independent SQA Approved Centre running professional training courses in Scotland. All tuition fees are kept to an absolute minimum but do reflect the expertise of the teaching staff, quality of facilities, small class sizes and sheer number of contact teaching hours offered.

Please view our fee sheet for more information and read the notes carefully – you can also contact us to arrange a consultation.

SAAS

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Eligible students can receive approximately £1,205 funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland each year. Visit www.saas.gov.uk to apply or to find out if you are eligible.

Full‑time Scottish nationals and some international students can apply for SAAS funding and you will need to apply through the SAAS website before the appropriate date.

Payment

  • All deposits and tuition fees are non refundable.
  • Payments including deposits must be made by bank transfer (account details are available upon request), cheques and cash can be accepted with prior notice. MGA is happy to discuss other payment methods on an individual basis and accepts most credit cards.

Discounts

  • A discount of 5% applies for payment of one year of tuition fees in one lump sum before 1st June of that year of study.
  • A discount of 10% applies for payment of three years of tuition fees in one lump sum before 1st June of the first year of study.

Course fees

Download the current fee information for 2019-20.

Course fee terms

  1. Enrolment is for the course in its entirety (three terms per year of study).
  2. One full term’s notice is due for termination of attendance.
  3. Registration fee for the year is to be paid upon acceptance of place and then annually upon offer of entry into each subsequent year of study.
  4. Annual tuition fee is paid in three termly instalments per year of study: 1st August (Term 1), 1st December (Term 2) and 1st April (Term 3).
  5. All registration and tuition fees are non refundable.
  6. Payments to MGA must be made by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
  7. Students are responsible for applying to any and all funding sources including SAAS.
  8. The fee amounts shown in the current fee sheet do not take into account SAAS support that eligible students may receive.
  9. Annual tuition fee increases for students enrolled on our courses will not exceed the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  10. A discount of 5% applies for payment of one year of tuition fees in one lump sum before 1st June of that year of study; a discount of 10% applies for payment of three years of tuition fees in one lump sum before 1st June of the first year of study.

The following course-specific related costs are NOT included in the fees:

  • Technical clothing as per class requirements
  • Scripts/books as required by subject reading list
  • Student Union Membership
  • Visits to the theatre
  • Accommodation and Living expenses
  • Photocopying
  • Professional headshots
  • International educational trips
  • Entry into Spotlight
  • Equity Membership
  • Travel and accommodation for London showcases

Other expenses…

Audition Fee: FREE OF CHARGE for 2019

Annual Registration and academic charges: for all full-time courses, payable on registration for each year of study
Acting – £1,250 per year
Musical Theatre – £1,250 per year
Dance for Commercial Performance – £1,250 per year

Accommodation and living costs: MGA does not have any on-campus accommodation, but will assist all students upon successful entry to a course by placing them in contact with local providers of student accommodation and private landlords. (More information on accommodation here.)

Full-Time Audition Dates

Audition sessions for entry in September 2019 are:

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to our Open Day with this form.)

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