MGA offers options for up to four years of training, allowing students to develop core skills in acting, singing and dance, ultimately opening the door to becoming a professional performer, ready for a long-lasting successful career within the industry.
Our courses have been designed after thorough consultation with leading Performing Arts practitioners who have helped MGA and our academic partners in Bath Spa University and the Scottish Qualifications Authority create this comprehensive and effective set of courses.
We offer courses at a variety of levels meaning no matter where you are on your performing arts journey, we have a course to match your needs.
Our graduates have a proven track record of going on to have successful careers in the performing arts and with hard work and the right attitude coupled with the outstanding training on offer at MGA you could join them!
All course information is listed below. If you are unsure what course is most suitable for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can help.
Current full-time courses
One-year Foundation (HNC) courses
- Foundation course in Musical Theatre (HNC)
- Foundation course in Acting and Performance (HNC)
- Foundation course in Professional Dance Performance (HNC)
Three-year undergraduate BA (Hons) Degrees
- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
- BA (Hons) Acting
- BA (Hons) Acting (Film and TV)*
- BA (Hons) Dance (Commercial)
- BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)*
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 programmes.
- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre top-up year
- BA (Hons) Acting top-up year
- BA (Hons) Dance (Commercial) top-up year
Complete in 1 year full time, 2 years part time.
- Master of Arts (MA) Performance (Theatre Making)*
- Master of Arts (MA) Performance (Dance and Choreography)*
* New for September 2023! (Subject to approval)
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
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
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.
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.