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.

You must be a UK or EU citizen to apply for MGA’s professional full-time training courses and be able to provide proof.

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 – 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.

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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 Auditions

MGA is currently in Phase 3 of applications for entry in September 2021 – ending Friday 26th March 2021.

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 have adapted our application process in this time of change: all auditions are in video format and all files are submitted online. A member of our team will be in touch within two weeks of submission to take you through the process. Apply now »

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 19/2/21   1:00PM

A fantastic Industry Week for our graduating year students

Last week, MGA welcomed special guest professionals from across the Performing Arts industry to speak with our third-year students for our annual Industry Week. Huge thanks to the visiting casting directors, choreographers, agents and creatives who participated and shared their incredible Industry knowledge, experience and talents with our graduating year… » Read more

Published 18/2/21   11:30AM

New Spring and Summer Seasons open for booking!

Our Full-Time School Spring and Summer productions are now open for booking. We’re delighted to be working with the team at The Theatre Store.com, where you can now purchase tickets for our upcoming seasons of graduate productions. We are thrilled to be welcoming some wonderful visiting Artists from across the… » Read more

Published 1/2/21   4:42PM

Apply now to join our Full-Time courses in September 2021

Apply now for September 2021 entry for Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance training at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts! From HNC Foundation courses through to three-year BA Hons degree qualifications, applications are now being accepted for Phase Three of our audition process which ends Friday 26th March 2021. If… » Read more

Published 19/1/21   3:55PM

West End director Simon Greiff to direct 'Carrie: The Musical'

We’re incredibly delighted to be welcoming immensely talented director and actor Simon Greiff to MGA later this Spring! He will be working with our third-year Musical Theatre students, directing their production of Carrie: The Musical with our very own Simon Hanson as Musical Director. Carrie: The Musical is on Wednesday… » Read more