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Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Certificate IV in Circus Arts

NICA’s Certificate IV is a one year full-time course. Students develop the skills to begin the journey into circus arts as a viable career.

Applications open 2 July and close 2 September 2019. 1. Apply to Swinburne University 2. If approved, you will be invited to audition and interview in person or via video 2. Swinburne University will inform you of the result of your audition and interview

NICA’s Certificate IV in Circus Arts introduces aspiring circus artists to elite level circus training.

This is a highly disciplined and structured program with a great deal of scope for creativity.

Core foundation training includes strength and conditioning, flexibility, acrobatics and handstands. Throughout the year, students focus on their own area of specialisation and develop communication, trust and performance skills through group and partner work. A major ensemble circus performance is staged at the end of the year. 

Academic study modules include anatomy and physiology, business studies and circus history.


For many Certificate IV graduates this course is a great springboard into work in the performing arts industry, including community and contemporary circus, stunt work, theatre arts, dance, and technical production. Others seek a qualification or a pathway for further learning. The Certificate IV course equips students with knowledge and skills to audition for the Bachelor of Circus Arts.

NICA’s Certificate IV course is nationally recognised. Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 3059
Course Code: 10111NAT     CRICOS Code: 086127G     CRICOS provider code: 00111D

**Please note: This course is set to expire on 31 December 2019. The course code, title, units and content may change in future. You'll receive further information on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your studies. To discuss your study options now, contact us.**

Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Are You Fit Enough? Prepare for your Audition!

Successful applicants must be physically able to undertake the rigorous NICA training.
Students train physically between four and six hours a day. The Pre-Audition Workshop gives you a great start: click here for Melbourne Workshops and click here for Perth Workshop.

The Audition video below shows you what to work towards.

Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Resources and References

Inside Track mailing list for 2020 audition hopefuls

Audition guide: In-person audition (local applicants)

Audition guide: video audition (international and remote applicants)


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