Passionate about the performing arts

A Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Approved Centre working in partnership Bath Spa University, MGA is Scotland’s only fully-accredited college with the UK’s Council for Dance and Drama Education & Training (CDET) and is an approved centre by the Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance (ISTD).

We therefore guarantee the highest possible standards of training to our students, alongside a wealth of performance opportunities and the option to work towards recognised qualifications in the performing arts with the support of world-class tutors drawn from across the UK, Europe and the US.

Mindful that there are very few independent, specialist performing arts academies outside of London that offer not only the expert tuition but also the industry contacts and career development tools that young performers deserve, MGA strives to deliver these from our beautiful home in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

Full-Time School

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.

* Subject to final approval
** Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HNC and HND / Yr 3 – BA Hons Top Up

Part-Time School


Workshops and classes

So – what do you want to do…?

Summer School 2018 for 7-15s

Summer 2018 – REGISTER NOW!

Published 13/3/18   11:27PM

Degree courses start Sept 2018

We are thrilled to be bringing to MGA – and to Edinburgh – three fully-comprehensive BA (Hons) degrees* in Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance Performance from September 2018! In collaboration with Bath Spa University, MGA undergraduate courses will be offered in the form of three degrees. Last year, MGA became… » Read more

Published 23/2/18   5:20PM

Life is a cabaret for our third years…

As we head into spring, MGA’s third-year Musical Theatre students can be found (as usual at this time of year) busy rehearsing and planning their sets for this year’s cabaret performances. MGA is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students in three unique evenings of first-class Cabaret entertainment at… » Read more

Published 20/12/17   5:49PM

Merry Christmas from MGA

MGA would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a magical New Year!

We had a wonderful night on Monday at the Usher Hall, with over 200 students from both Full-time and Junior Schools bringing in enough Christmas cheer to keep us going through the holidays.

Professional standard performance opportunities are what The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is all about. Treating our students like professional performers means that by the time they graduate they are ready for anything.» Read more

Published 3/11/17   3:03PM

Lighting up the winter evenings!

MGA students have had a fabulous start to the new year here at MGA, and it only gets better as next week our students take to the stage to begin MGA’s Winter Season of productions. Full details of each show in production can be found on the Production pages. MGA’s… » Read more

Coming soon

Ireland Audition: Full-time Courses

25th March 2018, Dublin

Auditions: Full-time Courses

22nd April 2018, Edinburgh