About MGA

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts (MGA) is a centre of excellence providing training, support and promotion for young performers in Edinburgh. An Academy with one aim — a professional performing arts career for every graduate.

In 2005 Murray Grant and Andrew Gowland began running workshops in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre in Edinburgh and the surrounding area. By July 2010 they had fulfilled their vision of establishing a permanent base for MGA at its beautiful home in Balgreen Road.

They launched MGA (Murray Grant – Andrew Gowland) because they felt so strongly that students in Scotland could not stay in Scotland and receive the training they needed to succeed in the professional industry due to a lack of modern, professional-level training establishments. They also knew that with London schools charging in excess of £12,000 per year in tuition fees, a relevant and fulfilling training was out of reach for much of the talent that Scotland holds.

Over the last ten years MGA has become the obvious choice for any performing arts student seriously pursuing a career in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre. With a network of professional agents, casting directors, choreographers, directors and producers all supporting its work and graduates, MGA provides its students with an unparalleled level of training opportunities and professional contacts upon graduation.

What’s on offer

From weekly classes to full-time courses, MGA offers professional-quality training at all levels either led by its own permanent teaching team or by visiting performers and practitioners who share the skills and knowledge from their own professional experience with the performing artists of the future.

MGA has Full-time and Part-time Schools which together offer a unique mix of training opportunities in acting, singing and dance — so students can be assured of a performing arts training that is second to none. Whether they are looking for a drama school or a Saturday singing class, aspiring performers will find it in Edinburgh with MGA!

Part-Time Studies

Full-Time Training

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

Summer School 2020 for 7-15 yr olds

27th July – 7th August, The MGA Academy

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

Published 15/10/19   9:56AM

Congratulations, Kieran!

Congratulations to class of 2016 Musical Theatre graduate Kieran Cooper, who is joining the team at Norwegian Creative Studios for their premiere production of Choir Of Man! Go well, Kieran. Head over to Instagram for more news and takeovers by MGA graduates who are building their careers in the Performing… » Read more

Published 11/10/19   5:57PM

Caitlin rules the world!

Some fabulous news from our class of 2018: MGA Musical Theatre graduate Caitlin Tipping is going Divorced, Beheaded, Live on Norwegian Cruise Line! This brand new production of Six The Musical, fresh from London’s West End, will be setting sail around the world, with Caitlin taking on the role of… » Read more

Published 2/10/19   11:12AM

Commercial Week is hotting up

Ever wanted to be in a music video? Want to experience what it feels like to be a professional backing dancer? Spend your October holiday with guest world‑class professional choreographers from Los Angeles and London and learn the hottest new commercial dance moves at MGA’s COMMERCIAL VIDEO WEEK this October… » Read more

Coming soon

Commercial Video Week 2019

14th-18th October, The MGA Academy

LA Trip 2019

16th – 21st October, Los Angeles