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The National Centre for Circus Arts is a registered charity and one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education. Based in a magnificent Victorian power station adjacent to Hoxton Square, we involve thousands of people in the creation and performance Read More of circus arts every year. Over half of the annual income needed to run the National Centre comes from grants and donations.

Our diverse range of work includes a BA Hons degree in Circus Arts, a structured progressive training programme for under 18s and professional development opportunities for aspiring and established performers. Adults and young people can take part in a range of recreational classes and we provide workshops and away days for the business community. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Foundation Degree (FdA)

• Award: Foundation Degree in Circus Arts
• UCAS Code: We do not go through UCAS.
• Applications are through us directly.
• Location: National Centre for Circus Arts – London
• Awarding body: University of Kent
• Duration: 2 years (full-time), 35 hours a week, 33 weeks in the year.
• Academic year: September – July
• Timetables: Timetables are weekly and normally available one week before, emailed directly to the students.

The Foundation Degree in Circus Arts aims to develop a broad range of the skills required as a professional circus artist. The specialisation process enables each student to find one circus discipline which will be suited to them, developing their technical and creative vocabulary in that arena. Juggling students will follow the same specialisation process but look at different areas of the Juggling and Manipulation discipline.

The training is 35 hours a week, 33 weeks in the year. The Foundation Degree is intense in order to sustain technical and creative progression, with an equal focus on artistic creativity and collaboration. See the module specifications for further information on contact hours.

The focus is on the continuous assessment of each student’s individual progress, as well as performance related assessment both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. Students’ analytical and critical skills are also assessed through research presentations, essays and other assignment projects.

The degree is delivered at the National Centre for Circus Arts and is awarded by the University of Kent. Students must complete and pass all modules in both years of the course in order to obtain the qualification, and progress on the BA (Hons) Degree. Entry on to the BA (Hons) is at the discretion of the Higher Education delivery team.

Course Duration: Two years (Full-time)

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

• Award: BA (Hons) Degree in Circus Arts
• UCAS Code: We do not go through UCAS.
• Applications are through us directly.
• Location: National Centre for Circus Arts – London
• Awarding body: University of Kent
• Duration: 1 year (full-time), 35 hours a week, 33 weeks in the year
• Academic year: September – July
• Timetables: Timetables are weekly and normally available one week before and emailed directly to the students.

Applicants should hold an appropriate qualification from one of the recognised circus schools listed under entry requirements at www.nationalcircus.org.uk/degree-diploma/ba-hons-degree .

This one year course consolidates the technical level of a specific circus discipline and its integration with a personal artistic approach. The training is intensive; weeks are 35 hours long with a mix of taught sessions and scheduled independent learning. Each year is 33 weeks in length in order to sustain physical progression. As well as physical skill development there is a strong focus on artistic exploration and creativity, contextual studies and business planning.

The course is divided into modules for assessment purposes, details of which can be found by clicking on the programme content links below. The course will focus on continuous assessment of each student’s individual progress, as well as performance related assessment both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. Students analytical and critical skills are also assessed through research projects and presentations.

The degree is delivered at the National Centre for Circus Arts (except for the Ensemble Performance Task module) and is awarded by the University of Kent. Students must complete and pass all modules in order to obtain the qualification.

Course Duration: 3 years

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Affiliations
FEDEC
Awarding Bodies
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
University of Kent