Formal training in circus arts opens up exciting opportunities for a future career. Graduates are highly employable, knowledgeable and creative. They have found careers nationally and internationally. NICA training can lead to work in contemporary circus, traditional circus, social circus, stunt work, corporate entertainment, festivals, teaching and other sectors of the arts industry. A number of graduate artists are employed internationally by Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Carnival Australia, NoFit State Circus and La Clique New York and London. Many others establish small project companies that tour festival circuits.
NICA, Australia’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training, offers Australia's only Bachelor of Circus Arts, the highest level of accredited circus training available in Australia.
This program aims to push the boundaries of circus as an art form and create work which is innovative and inspiring.
The three year full-time Bachelor of Circus Arts degree course incorporates intensive physical training with performance opportunities, academic studies, technical production, health and business education. The elite level Bachelor of Circus Arts degree strives to produce highly employable, skilled and creative artists who will be respected nationally and internationally in the global circus and physical theatre industry.
Duration: 3 years full-time
Course code: BA-CIRCA1 CRICOS provider code: 00111D CRICOS course code: 078080F
- circus basics such as tumbling, handstands, flexibility, manipulation, aerial and partner work
- group acts such as: adagio, group aerial, group juggling, hoop-diving and teeterboard
- specialty apparatus
- fitness, strength and conditioning
- performance skills: improvisation, movement, acting and vocal techniques and approaches to devising innovative work as an ensemble or solo performer
- movement skills: ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact and composition
- history and culture of circus
- circus business and career management
- technical aspects of circus production, equipment and safety in the circus environment
- basic anatomy, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology.
Bachelor of Circus Arts students train at NICA’s purpose-built circus studios, performance spaces, drama and movement studios. Here they have access to dressing rooms, equipment and costume storage spaces. Students are also offered a range of services with NICA's health team; comprising a physiotherapist, sports doctor and sports psychologist - as well as the facilities and support services provided by Swinburne University.
Applications for 2017 entry have now closed.
Entry requirements: The successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent is the minimum required educational qualification. Applicants should have a background in performing arts, physical theatre, youth circus, dance, acrobatic sports or gymnastics. Entry into NICA is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment. Applicants must apply to audition.
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