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. In 2015 we were thrilled to add a second building to our complex at Westfield Avenue, a very short walk from our main campus. As well as brand new teaching studios and offices, this building provided us with a permanent home for MGA Management and Casting – meaning our studio spaces are also often utilised for UK and international castings.

Our facilities include:

  • Six high-quality studio spaces (including dedicated music and acting rooms), two private practise rooms, two 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!! There are lots of socials throughout the year, including our extravagant annual Halloween ball, an Academy favourite.

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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 Audition Dates

Audition sessions for entry in September 2019 are:

  • 25th November
  • 27th January
  • 17th February (Dublin)
  • 17th March
  • 24th March (Manchester)
  • 28th April
  • 2nd June
  • 16th June
  • 18th August

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to the Open Day with this form.)

Published 22/11/18   5:33PM

Be social

Keep up with all the news and action at MGA! Find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates, photos, event info, tasters of what goes on in class and studio, and much much more! Pop over to our Instagram feed where you’ll find some amazing graduate takeover stories from… » Read more

Published 5/10/18   11:57AM

Thomas Doherty in HBO miniseries!

Everyone at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is thrilled to hear the news that 2015 Musical Theatre graduate THOMAS DOHERTY will be appearing in a new HBO/Sky miniseries ‘Catherine The Great’ as Peter Zavadovsky, opposite Academy Award Winner HELEN MIRREN. The four-part show also features Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear,… » Read more

Published 18/9/18   3:00PM

A dream role for Megan

After only graduating from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts a year ago, Megan Gardiner (Musical Theatre, 2017) has just landed a dream role in the UK tour of Les Miserables as Cover Cosette for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. This UK tour begins in Leicester in November and moves round the… » Read more

Published 13/9/18   3:14PM

A new home for MGA…

Introducing the Rose Theatre, a new home for our Acting students and live performances. Originally The Rose Street Chapel, the Rose Theatre is now newly refurbished and renovated by our wonderful MGA Patron Peter Schaufuss. With offices, rehearsal spaces and three beautiful performance venues it is with a great deal… » Read more