One-year Postgraduate Courses

MGA postgraduate courses are designed especially for performers who have already completed a full-time training course but have realised that they are not adequately prepared to compete for work opportunities within the industry

MGA currently offers three courses for students at postgraduate level:

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance

Postgraduate training at MGA

Courses are designed to build on your personal strengths and identify and understand your weaknesses, enabling you to re-focus your efforts and make a success of your career. Although students on these courses have usually already completed a full-time performing arts programme, this is not a requirement. You may be struggling to get auditions because of a lack of contacts or failing to secure employment due to lack of skills. You may simply know that your current level of ability is not marketable and are looking to re-launch yourself as a professional performer with new levels in skill and understanding of the industry.

If you relate to any of those scenarios then this course is for you! With an emphasis on professional development, technique in performance and confidence building, the year that you spend with MGA will be worth its weight in gold.

Course content

Postgraduate places are available on each of the Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance courses.

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.

Incoming students immediately join current diploma students in their third year. Here you will benefit from MGA’s unique training in professional and personal development to further your entry into the industry, and participate in advanced performance classes and specialist workshops from visiting professionals.

This includes:

  • Access to professional and personal development classes
  • Training in audition technique
  • Participation in advanced performance classes, as appropriate to your course focus (acting, singing, dancing)
  • Auditioning and participating in performances and productions through a three-term academic year

Our Acting, Music and Dance staff are a dedicated team of professionals, all successful in their individual 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.

Depending on your course focus, classes may run from studios in our main Academy building on Balgreen Road and over the road in Westfield, from Dance Base on Grassmarket – Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, and at St Stephan’s Stockbridge, where large-scale rehearsals and Acting studios are located. 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 the postgraduate course 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 each course 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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