BA (Hons) Acting

Course accredited by the CDMT

Qualification validated by Bath Spa University

Duration 3 years full time (5 days a week)

Scheduled teaching per week 30 hours (average)

Wherever you wish to take your career, our three-year BA (Hons) course in Acting will equip you with all the creative tools and skills you need to successfully deliver your performance, and the commercial awareness you will need to sustain a lucrative career.

Why choose this course?

You will build your acting technique and skills for performance on stage and on film. Classes will enable you to understand the acting process, its history and development, and how to use your body and vocal performance to the best of your abilities. Our training aims to build your core skills, to prepare you for the physical and emotional demands of the industry and to successfully meet the requirements of the casting process.

Classes include academic study and practical studio-based learning and you will work from a variety of texts and source materials that cover a range of periods and styles. As well as productions, presentations and readings, you will be given creative space for improvisation and devised pieces, with opportunity to work within ensembles and on solo performance – you’ll also be encouraged to push yourself beyond your perceived boundaries and learn other performance skills such as singing and dance. While giving you a solid grounding in technique, our wonderful team of acting tutors draw on their personal experiences to guide you through the world of acting for stage and screen, allowing you to discover your own personal process and highlight your strengths.

Course content

This course consists of three years of dedicated acting training, focusing on the transition from technique‑based classes to performance‑based work. The third year includes extra personal and professional development sessions. Additional specialist workshops led by visiting professionals feature throughout the training.

Year 1:
Acting Processes 1 (40 credits); Contextual Studies (20 credits); Ensemble Practice (20 credits); Performance Skills1 (40 credits)

Year 2:
Acting Processes (40 credits); Actor Creator (20 credits); Screen and Media (20 credits); Performance Skills 2 (40 credits)

Year 3:
Acting Production Project (60 Credits); Independent Acting Project (20 credits); The Professional Actor (40 Credits)

Learning enrichment

The training at MGA is delivered with the highest possible standards expected from 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. Our students are therefore given as many opportunities as possible to get into a rehearsal room or in front of a live audience to perform. Throughout the year there are plays, workshops and small-scale performance opportunities, alongside ongoing studio-based productions directly connected to course topics.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts 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.

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.

MGA 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.

No matter what you want to achieve on stage and screen, 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.

Entry requirements

Degree Course applicants should have 80 UCAS points including qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher / A Level / Other). Applicants should be aged 16 years or over.

Entry onto all our courses is by online registration and auditions are currently being held online. You will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of your audition submission.

Natural aptitude, potential and attitude will be key considerations throughout the application process.

You must be a UK citizen to apply for MGA’s professional full-time training courses and be able to provide proof. MGA is able to accept applications from outside of the UK if a candidate has applied successfully for Settled or Pre-Settled Status. All relevant information regarding our audition requirements will be sent out on receipt of a valid ascertificate. (More information on EU Settlement Scheme.)

Academic progression

Students who pass this course are eligible to apply for postgraduate study, such as a Master’s Degree.

Tuition fees

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is the only accredited 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 visit our Fees and Funding page for more information. If clarification is required, please email admissions@themgaacademy.com.

Are there any other course costs?

There is a reading list and a kit list of important items that students need to purchase before the first day of term. These will be issued at the time of offer of a place. Advanced and third-year students must also pay to join the Spotlight Casting Directory and become a member of Equity before their second term.

Is there any funding available?

SAAS funding may be available to Scottish students and you should contact your Local Education Authority for advice on other sources of funding for full-time training for which you may be eligible.

Several charitable trust and funding sources exist that help finance Performing Arts students – see our Fees and funding page for more information.

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 1 to receive applications, through to November 26th.

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 21st November 2021
  • Sunday 16th January 2022
  • 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.

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