Student life

At the MGA Academy of Performing Arts we hold fast to your ambitions. Singer, Musical Theatre Performer, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Director… no matter what you want to do on the stage, our main objective is to make sure you get to do it successfully, professionally and lucratively.

Our training and our exacting standards mean that when you graduate from MGA you will be best placed to make your ambitions a reality. Pile on top of that the MGA network of professional casting, management and production contacts and you really will be hard pressed not to make a success of your career.

Our facilities

MGA’s main base is a beautiful listed building on Balgreen Road in Edinburgh that offers fully‑furnished studios, classrooms and some fantastic student facilities. This is the hub for full-time courses.

Our facilities include:

  • High-quality studio spaces (including dedicated music and acting rooms), private practise rooms, student rooms and a quiet study room
  • A library of recordings, movies, scores, scripts and theory books, and a computer suite
  • An extensive costume/prop store and workshop
  • Student changing facilities and locker-room, and a fully-equipped kitchen and common room
  • Wifi access throughout the school.

MGA is also privileged to use the fantastic studios at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, in the city centre on Grassmarket, for some regular classes and workshops.

A variety of esteemed venues across the city are used for student productions – including Usher Hall, King’s Theatre, and the magnificent Festival Theatre – and students will find themselves with opportunities for public and professional performances throughout each year of training.

Student activities

Edinburgh is a great place to study, with a buzzing student scene – find out more here – and lots to see and do. We do work you hard at MGA, with additional performance events, workshops and special guests often happening outside of your regular training hours. But we think our students deserve treats for all their hard work, and when we party we really party!

MGA also offer full-time students the opportunity to go on a personal and professional development trip to the United States, with two incredible international programmes annually allowing students to experience the performing arts industry first hand.

Student support

We have a strong support system in place to help you settle in as a student. Staff are available in various roles throughout your training to help and offer advice if you need it. You’ll also meet some friendly freshers coordinators during your first week who will introduce you to the MGA lifestyle.

Full-Time Auditions

MGA is currently in Phase 4 of applications for entry in September 2021 – ending Friday 28th May 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 29/3/21   3:48PM

BA (Hons) Acting course produce 'Back to Normal' with Wonder Fools

Earlier this term, our graduating class of Actors had the opportunity to work with Scottish-based production company Wonder Fools. While in isolation, the students developed and filmed a piece of work called Back To Normal. The performance takes the form of a mockumentary featuring material that varies from the dramatic… » Read more

Published 29/3/21   10:17AM

Laura Proudfoot joins the Board of Directors

MGA is proud to announce that Laura Proudfoot, our current Vice Principal, has been appointed to our Board of Directors to help guide MGA through our next exciting stages of development and expansion. Throughout her professional career, Laura has been actively involved in the development of performing arts education within… » Read more

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