Professional training in Acting

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Accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority

This course offers you the creative space to take your natural acting abilities and instincts to new levels

Our Acting course incorporates HNC and the HND qualifications (accredited by the SQA) during three years of practical, focused training in acting and performance and can be part-funded by SAAS. With up to an incredible 50 hours of classes per week, our diploma course is definitely a full-time programme, providing you with an affordable and great value path to the profession of your dreams.

Get the training you need to compete on the international stage without having to spend three expensive years in London!

Acting at MGA

You will build on your acting technique and skills for performance on stage and on film. Classes will enable you to understand acting process, its history and development, and how to use your body and vocal performance to the best of your abilities. Our training aims to build your core skills, to prepare you for the physical and emotional demands of the industry and to successfully meet the requirements of the casting process.

Classes include academic study and practical studio-based learning and you will work from a variety of texts and source materials that cover a range of periods and styles. Alongside productions, presentations and readings, you will be given creative space for improvisation and devised pieces, with opportunity to work within ensembles and on solo performance – you’ll also be encouraged to push yourself beyond your perceived boundaries and learn other performance skills such as singing and dance. While giving you a solid grounding in technique, our wonderful team of acting tutors draw on their personal experiences to guide you through the world of acting for stage and screen, allowing you to discover your own personal process and highlight your strengths.

The Course

This course consists of three years of dedicated acting training, focusing on the transition from technique-based classes to performance-based work. The third year includes extra personal and professional development sessions. Additional specialist workshops led by visiting professionals feature throughout the training.

Equipment checklist

All MGA Full-Time students are expected to have the following equipment – a definitive list will be discussed at audition stage.

  • MGA Full-Time uniform
  • Jazz trainers/shoes
  • Tap shoes
  • Ballet tights, leotard and shoes
  • Knee pads
  • Dictaphone, notepad and pencil
  • Boys will also need a pair of dress shoes and a black suit
  • Girls must have a pair of character shoes and character skirt, and a black cocktail dress

A reading list will be provided to all students accepted into Full-Time training.

Course content includes:

  • Voice anatomy
  • Acting in theory
  • Voice and vocal technique
  • Theatre history
  • Accents and dialects
  • RP and phonetics
  • Weekly monologue/duologue classes
  • Actor’s movement
  • Scene study and text analysis
  • Dance for the actor
  • Singing for the actor
  • Stage makeup
  • Professional and personal development
  • Audition technique
  • Current affairs

Our Acting staff are a dedicated team of professionals, all successful in their individual acting fields, and ready to share their experiences with the stars of the future. Find out more about who will be teaching you on the MGA Staff page.

The Acting course is run primarily from studios at St Stephan’s Stockbridge, where large-scale productions also rehearse. Some classes will take place at our main Academy buildings at Balgreen Road and Westfield. Learn more about all the amazing resources and facilities students at MGA can benefit from on Our Facilities page.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates may be offered representation by MGA’s in-house management agency MGA Management, best placing them to kick-start their professional careers.

On graduating

The three years of training concludes with a professional showcase, best placing you to kick-start your careers upon graduation.

By the time you graduate from MGA full-time training you will have under your belt:

  • Your Equity card
  • Spotlight membership
  • Many and varied roles in productions including a professional showcase
  • A professional-standard CV, headshots and personalised stationery
  • A portfolio of professional photographs
  • Opportunity to apply for representation by MGA Management and Casting
  • The MGA Little Black Book of Contacts
  • Skills that will allow you to forge a successful and fulfilling career!

Find out more about life after graduation and where our graduates go next on our Graduates page.

Entry requirements and applications

Full course details and information about applying and auditions are available from the MGA office. If you’re interested in joining us at MGA, click here to start the application process. If you are unsure which course is most suitable please contact us and tell us which courses interest you. We are also happy to discuss this at audition stage.

Entry onto all our courses is by audition only (details provided after application) and applicants should be aged 16 years or over. Auditions are held throughout the year and applicants will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of application form.

Natural aptitude, potential and attitude will be key considerations, with academic achievements taking a back seat for once!

Students applying from overseas should apply in exactly the same way. However if attending an audition in the UK is not possible, applicants may apply by video/DVD with supporting documentation from both professional and character referees.

For information on fees for Full-Time courses see our Fees and Funding page.

Full-Time Audition Dates

Remaining audition sessions for entry in September 2017 are:

  • 30 April
  • 11 June
  • 13 August

To apply for full-time courses simply fill in our application form and we will contact you with information our application process and auditioning.

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