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.)

Graduating student showcases are in London and Glasgow this year: Actors’ Showcase at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on March 4th, Musical Theatre Showcase at Soho Theatre in London on March 7th.

Industry seats can be reserved by contacting showcase@themgaacademy.com or calling 0330 024 2942.

Ireland

MGA AUDITION

17th February
PERFORM Festival – RDS Simmonscourt, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Cost: No charge

To apply: Follow the MGA online application process here and select the Dublin date for audition
(Application process must be submitted in advance of audition date)

Austria

MGA AUDITION

24th February
Indeed Unique Studios – Kranzgasse 9, 1150 Vienna
Cost: No charge

To apply: Follow the MGA online application process here and select the Vienna date for audition
(Application process must be submitted in advance of audition date)

England

MGA AUDITION

24th March
Studio 25 – 25 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PE
Cost: No charge

To apply: Follow the MGA online application process here and select the Manchester date for audition
(Application process must be submitted in advance of audition date)

Portugal

MASTERCLASS

25th April 15.00
Primeiro Acto – Rua Egas Moniz 39A, 1900-217 Lisboa
Cost: 45€

To book: info@primeiroacto.com

MGA AUDITION

26th April 15.00
Primeiro Acto – Rua Egas Moniz 39A, 1900-217 Lisboa
Cost: No charge

To apply: Follow the MGA online application process here and select the Lisbon date for audition
(Application process must be submitted in advance of audition date)

Ireland (Masterclasses)

4th November 11.00-12.30
Lucy French School of Dance – Unit 2, Kinsale Commercial Park, Knocknabohilly, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
To book: info@lucyfrenchschoolofdance.com

4th November 16.00 – 17.30
Cada Performing Arts – Pine St, Shandon, Cork, Ireland
To book: info@cadaperformingarts.ie

6th November 19.30 – 21.00
Montfort College – Ballyhooley Road, Ballyvolane, Cork, Ireland
To book: info@montfortcollege.com

7th November 18.15 – 20.00
Wolfe – Dosco Business Park, South Douglas Road, Cork
To book: info@wolfestageschool.com

8th November 15.00 – 17.00
Inchicore College of Further Education – Emmet Road, Dublin 8, Ireland
To book: mlennon@inchicorecollege.org
8th November 18.30 – 20.00
Westside Stage School – Griffeen Glen Blvd, Griffeen Valley, Lucan, Dublin, Ireland
To book: info@westsidestageschool.ie

9th November 13.30 – 15.00
Phoenix Performing Arts College – Unit 2, Docklands Innovation Park, East Wall Road, Dublin 3
To book: admin@phoenixpacs.com

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

MGA is a Registered Member as a centre for teacher training by ISTD – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing – meaning our students have the opportunity of gaining ISTD Teaching qualifications during their training.

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 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

Course accredited by the CDMT

Qualification validated by Bath Spa University

Duration 3 years full time (5 days a week)
Year 1 and 2: HND
Year 3: BA (Hons) top-up year

Scheduled teaching per week 30 hours (average)

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)

Uniform checklist

Students are required to wear a Stage Academinis t-shirt, available to purchase online at thetheatrestore.com and suitable black clothes for movement.

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