Full-time professional courses

The MGA Academy of Performing Art’s full-time professional school offers options for up to four years of training. Students audition to enter a course at the level most suitable for them.

Click on the links below to find out more about each course, or read more about the excellent full-time professional training offered by MGA in Edinburgh.

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.


** Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HNC and HND / Yr 3 – BA Hons Top Up

You must be a UK or EU resident to apply for MGA’s professional full-time training courses.

Full-time Acting and Dance Open Day

5th February REGISTER NOW! »

Full-time Musical Theatre Open Day

6th February REGISTER NOW! »

Full-Time Audition Dates

Audition sessions for entry in September 2020 are:

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

Auditions are held at MGA in Edinburgh except where otherwise stated. (Please check when you apply that you select the appropriate date for the course you’re choosing.)

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.

Published 9/1/20   1:16PM

Join us at our Open Day 2020

It’s that time of year again… when we open our doors and invite prospective students to Edinburgh for the full MGA experience! This is your chance to visit MGA and find out for yourself exactly what goes on inside! Observe some classes, meet staff and interrogate current students on our… » Read more

Published 19/12/19   4:29PM

New production season announced!

MGA are delighted to announce the 2020 season of performances featuring the graduating Full-Time School year groups in Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance. Tickets for all productions can be bought through our online Box Office and more information for each show can be found on the Productions page. Third Year… » Read more

Published 15/11/19   4:59PM

Bon voyage, Cara and Laurie!

Best of luck to class of 2019 Musical Theatre graduates Cara Mia and Laurie Hill as they go live on the Marella Explorer ship this week for The Entertainment Department. Bon voyage! Head over to Instagram for more news and takeovers by MGA graduates who are building their careers in… » Read more

Published 15/10/19   10:27AM

Thomas Doherty in 'Catherine the Great'

Be sure to catch 2015 Musical Theatre graduate Thomas Doherty alongside Helen Mirren, Rory Kinnear and Gina McKee in the HBO/Sky miniseries ‘Catherine the Great’ this month! ‘Catherine the Great’ is out now on Sky Atlantic and premiering later in October in the US on HBO and there’s more on… » Read more