the application process

Whether you are applying to study the Bachelor of Circus Arts or the Certificate IV in Circus Arts, the application process is the same:

Step 1

Submit an application through Swinburne University of Technology.

Step 2

Be invited to audition in-person or via video submission

Step 3

Receive an offer to study at NICA

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What to expect

Auditions for entry into NICA’s accredited courses are held in late September - early October annually at NICA in Melbourne. It is strongly recommended that you attend the audition in person. Audition via online video footage is accepted for international, interstate and geographically remote applicants.

We want to:

  • Know about your discipline/s: Circus, Gymnastics, Dance, Tricking, Parkour, Theatre
  • See your specialty skills
  • Measure your strength and flexibility
  • See you perform
  • Hear about your journey to date and your future ambitions
  • Assess your physical condition and discuss pre-existing injuries and injury management

There is a one-off administration fee of $50.00. You will also need to invest some time into collecting medical information, thinking about your performance and writing a brief description for the audition panel, and preparing physically, based on the video audition guides and the NICA video application guide.

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Practice using the Audition Skills Guide

P.s Don’t be alarmed if you can’t perform all of these skills yet, we are looking for your potential as a circus performer.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs here. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Yes! NICA accepts intentional students and does not have a limit from internal student applications.

Yes, many students acquire teaching, café, or bar jobs after the training hours.

Yes, NICA offers an after-hours ‘Open Training’ program where students and professionals can train side by side.

Students work closely with trainers and medical team to choose their specialities and acts, ensuring they achieve employment and longevity in their career.

Yes, NICA provide medical assistance to our students. We provide access to a full medical team of Physiotherapists, Sports Doctors and Psychologists.

As part of the training, students are given the opportunity to perform in at least one major production each year. After graduating alumni can join NICA Represents, NICA’s very own agency for professional circus performers and bespoke event entertainment.

The NICA Certificate IV program focuses on Foundations while offering an introduction to Circus Specialisation. The Bachelor of Circus Arts requires students to maintain a level of foundations and fitness skills however focuses on specialty skills and artistic development through accumulative training. Our students graduate with two specialty acts and one group/ensemble act.

The Bachelor of Circus arts is very physically demanding. NICA students are required to train circus skills for a minimum of 20 hours per week, while also attending Performance and Movement classes and one academic class per week.

Swinburne University of Technology offers selected scholarships, please refer to their website for further information.

This information can be found on the Swinburne University of Technology website.  

Yes, a VISA is required to attend NICA. It is best to talk with international admissions team at Swinburne University of Technology to gain further information.

Majority of NICA graduates secure touring contracts, festival work, start their own companies or go on to further training or education.

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