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

Our main audition sessions for entry in September 2018 are:

  • 10th June
  • 19th 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 13/6/18   9:19PM

Gemma steps into new Hairspray role

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Published 11/6/18   8:32PM

Abbie's onboard for NCL!

Congratulations to Abigail Stenhouse (Musical Theatre, 2014) who continues her career success since graduating: Abbie is currently appearing in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on board the Norwegian Epic for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Published 11/6/18   9:30AM

Last chance to apply for September

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Published 2/6/18   9:50PM

Jennifer heading out to Miami

Jennifer Campbell (Musical Theatre, 2014) is flying out to Miami today to start rehearsals as a Singer / Dancer onboard the Celebrity Equinox. Safe journey, Jen!