Foundation Course in Professional Dance Performance (HNC)

Course accredited by the SQA and recognised by the CDMT

Qualification awarded by The MGA Academy of Performing Arts (HNC)

Duration 1 year (4 or 5 days a week)

Scheduled teaching per week 20 hours average per week

The MGA one-year Foundation course in Professional Dance Performance offers a pre-vocational year designed to prepare you for the demands of professional, full-time training and provides you with the skills required to audition successfully for the country’s leading Dance institutions.

It is directed at those students who intend pursuing vocational training but who either don’t quite yet have the skills required to audition successfully, or who do not have the required academic qualifications to start a Bachelor of Arts qualification.

The course is designed to thoroughly prepare you for the process of auditioning and the rigours of taking up a three-year place at a Dance or Drama School, expanding your skill set and enabling you to realise your full potential in your future training.

MGA Foundation students have gone on to study at, among others, the American Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Arts Educational Schools, Bird College, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy, Performers College, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – and, of course, The MGA Academy of Performing Arts.

The Foundation schedule runs for one whole academic year over three full-time terms of training and an HNC qualification is awarded to those who successfully complete all the required modules.

The course is technique orientated, giving you a solid foundation in a variety of dance styles that will help gain confidence and the skills required to apply for further training.

Specialist classes and training workshops include:

  • Audition Technique and Performance
  • Jazz Dance Techniques
  • Classical Ballet Techniques
  • Dance Technique for Commercial Performance
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Choreographic Skills
  • An Introduction to Performance & Production
  • Anatomy & Injury Prevention for Dancers
  • Professional Dance Performance Graded Unit 1

MGA’s unique focus on audition technique and professional development will ensure that students are best placed to gain entry into any of the UK’s distinguished drama schools.

Though MGA has an excellent track record, given the nature and level of competition for Drama School places, we cannot guarantee that foundation students will be accepted at their chosen full-time provider and successful completion of the MGA foundation course does not automatically mean that students will progress onto MGA’s own three-year programmes.

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.)

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.

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 sent out at the time of offer. 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 2 to receive applications, through to January 16th.

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 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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