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 2020 are:

  • 24th November
  • 19th January
  • 1st March (Dublin)
  • 29th March
  • 26th April
  • 31st May
  • 28th June
  • 9th August

Auditions are held at MGA in Edinburgh except where otherwise stated.

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 our Open Day with this form.)

Dates for entry in September 2020 wil be published soon.

Published 19/8/19   5:57PM

Caitlin rules the world!

Some fabulous news from our class of 2018: MGA Musical Theatre graduate Caitlin Tipping is going Divorced, Beheaded, Live on Norwegian Cruise Line! This brand new production of Six The Musical, fresh from London’s West End, will be setting sail around the world, with Caitlin taking on the role of… » Read more

Published 18/6/19   1:17PM

Final call for September 2019 applications...

Our final audition day is coming up in August for entry on to our full-time training courses in September. If you are looking to take your first steps towards a career in the Performing Arts industry, just a few weeks remain to get your application in! MGA is Scotland’s only… » Read more

Published 11/6/19   1:12PM

And they're off! Congratulations Katie!

A massive congratulations to KATIE HINDMARSH who will will be graduating next week as one of MGA’s first generation BA (Hons) Degree students in Musical Theatre – before heading off to Florida start her first professional contract! Katie will play the role of Marty in Grease the musical for Royal… » Read more

Published 29/5/19   12:56PM

Elly joins Ghost

We are thrilled to announce that 2015 Musical Theatre graduate ELLY JAY will be joining the cast of Ghost Das Musical at the Palladium Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany, as part of the Ensemble. Congratulations, Elly!