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Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Certificate IV in Circus Arts Overview

The Certificate IV in Circus Arts provides training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge. This course is suitable for aspiring circus artists seeking a qualification and as a pathway for further learning. The Certificate IV can be used for preparation for the Bachelor of Circus Arts course. It is also suitable for those teaching in social or community circuses, who wish to acquire more specific circus skills training.

This training may be delivered with Victorian Government funding. Some students may be eligible for a Government subsidised place.

Duration: 1 year full-time
Course Code: 10111NAT      CRICOS code 086127G               CRICOS provider code: 00111D 


NICA’s Certificate IV course is nationally recognised. Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 3059

Study Areas Include:
  • circus foundation skills including tumbling, handstands, flexibility, manipulation, aerial and partner work
  • group acts incorporating adagio, aerial, juggling, hoop-diving and teeterboard
  • circus specialties such as: trapeze, tissu, rope, handstands, tightwire, contortion, Chinese pole, rolla bolla, juggling, hula hoops, and clowning
  • fitness, strength and conditioning for circus artists
  • performance skills and movement skills for circus artists
  • anatomy, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology for circus artists
  • safety in the circus environment
  • circus history, traditions and practice.
Facilities

Certificate IV in 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.
 

 
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Certificate IV in Circus Arts

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The Certificate IV in Circus Arts can lead to further study, work in community, contemporary, social and traditional circus. It can also lead to stunt work, corporate and festival work, teaching and work with other sectors of the international performing arts market.

The Certificate IV in Circus Arts can provide a pathway into vocational areas such as theatre arts, dance, fitness, live production, and rigging. Graduates may also wish to apply for the Bachelor of Circus Arts.
 

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Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Entry Requirements

The successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent is the minimum required educational qualification.

Entry into NICA is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment. Applicants must apply to audition.

Applicants are expected to have a background in in areas such as performing arts, physical theatre, youth circus, dance, martial arts, acrobatic sports or gymnastics.

Applicants must be physically able to undertake the training required. Provision of medical evidence of suitability for circus training may be required.

Resources and references:
Audition Guide for 2017 Entry
Fitness Preparation Guide

Audition by DVD/USB/YouTube is accepted for international and geographically remote applicants.

View a short video about NICA that explains the audition process.
Bachelor of Circus Arts - The Audition

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