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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.

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: 10824NAT     CRICOS Code: 0101877     CRICOS provider code: 00111D

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. After you apply through Swinburne University of Technology you will be invited to submit a video audition and provided with instructions.

The Audition video below shows you what to work towards.

Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Resources and References

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