Our courses

MGA offers options for up to four years of training with prospective students able to audition to enter our programmes at exactly the right stage for them dependent on their current technical abilities, previous performance experience and academic achievement.

Courses have been designed after thorough consultation with leading theatre practitioners who have helped MGA and our academic partners in Bath Spa University and the Scottish Qualifications Authority create the comprehensive and effective set of courses currently offered 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.

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 help you make the right choice.

Current training programmes

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

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

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MGA is an approved centre for teacher training by ISTD – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing – and our students now have the opportunity of gaining ISTD Teaching qualifications during their training.

Full-Time Audition Dates

Audition sessions for entry in September 2019 are:

  • 25th November
  • 27th January
  • 17th February (Dublin)
  • 17th March
  • 24th March (Manchester)
  • 28th April
  • 2nd June
  • 16th June
  • 18th August

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 the Open Day with this form.)

Published 22/11/18   5:33PM

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After only graduating from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts a year ago, Megan Gardiner (Musical Theatre, 2017) has just landed a dream role in the UK tour of Les Miserables as Cover Cosette for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. This UK tour begins in Leicester in November and moves round the… » Read more

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