Full-time training at MGA

MGA’s full-time professional school offers options for up to four years of training. Students audition to enter a course at the level most suitable for them.

Professional training courses

With hard work, determination, the outstanding training at MGA and subsequent support network, our graduates can go on to long and fulfilling professional careers.

Courses have been designed after thorough consultation with leading theatre practitioners from the UK and United States. Faculty members and graduates from some of the world’s finest performing arts institutions including The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy, The Royal Academy of Music, Arts Educational and New York University have helped MGA create comprehensive and effective set of courses currently offered. MGA is proud to be offering these training opportunities in acting, singing and dance in Edinburgh.

The contact hours and range of specialist classes included reflect those of the most successful training establishments across the UK and USA. Anything other than this quantity of hours is short-change for students’ development. These courses are aimed at preparing students for a career in performing arts or helping them progress to the next stage in their training. Great emphasis is placed on developing practical skills and the application of these skills in performance, with opportunity for personal and professional development.

Prospective students who are unsure about which course is most suitable for them are encouraged to contact MGA to discuss their application. This is an important decision and MGA is more than happy to chat it through with you.

The MGA ethos

MGA’s training in acting, singing and dancing is delivered with the highest possible standards expected from its students in each discipline. MGA operates on the belief that more can be learned about these disciplines in a few minutes of rehearsal or on stage in front of an audience than can be achieved in hours of classroom-based tuition. Therefore students are given as many opportunities as possible to get in front of a live audience and perform.

MGA adopts a policy of student feedback that follows an ‘always honest, always constructive’ philosophy rather than the often-used ‘always positive, almost pointless’ approach. MGA aims to encourage a sense of respect, direction and dedication within the practice and study of performing arts, and the courses on offer require a huge commitment from students – but with the potential for huge rewards.

Teaching and support

Attracting tutors from across the UK and internationally, MGA prides itself on the high standards of the core teaching staff and their abilities to bring their experiences and unique skills into the classroom and studio. They can actually do what they are teaching you to do! The tutors are complemented by a whole host of well-respected and talented industry professionals and consultants who take time out of their busy schedule to share their skills, lead workshops and shape productions. Read more about our tutors and staff here.

MGA also has a long list of consultants who are on hand to offer advice and support for projects and performances, maintaining strong links to the professional world of performing arts. Students get to learn all about the ups and downs of a career in the industry from the people who know it best.

Singer, musical theatre performer, actor, dancer, choreographer, director… no matter what you want to do on the stage, MGA wants to help you do it successfully, professionally and lucratively. With the support of a network of casting, management and production contacts, you really will be hard pressed not to make a success of your career after graduating.

Current professional training 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 – HNC and HND / Yr 3 – BA Hons Top Up

Full-Time Audition Dates

The MGA Team are currently working to create a brand new online audition process. More information regarding this will be announced very soon.

Published 25/3/20   11:27AM

Adapt, innovate, overcome

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Published 24/3/20   11:25AM

COVID-19 Update

Statement on MGA’s current response to the COVID-19 outbreak from Managing Director Drew Gowland: We will adapt and continue to succeed. The health and safety of our students, staff and the communities in which we live, work and play are paramount to MGA as an organisation. We have always honoured… » Read more

Published 16/3/20   4:12PM

COVID-19 Update

Statement on MGA’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak from Managing Director Drew Gowland: As one of the founders of MGA and Managing Director, I would like to reach out to you all on behalf of myself, Murray and Marcella, at what is proving to be a worrying time for us… » Read more

Published 26/2/20   10:42AM

Final Year Dance are building Momentum!

Wishing the best of luck to all our final year Dance students as they begin their Momentum filming project today! Follow our student takeover on the MGA Instagram to see what’s happening throughout the shoot, which began bright and early at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh. Huge thanks to the… » Read more