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Certificate IV in Circus Arts

Certificate IV in Circus Arts Overview

The Certificate IV in Circus Arts provides intensive full time training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge. This course is suitable for aspiring circus artists seeking a qualification or as a pathway for further learning, such as 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

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Certificate IV in Circus Arts have gone on to create their own companies, perform at various festivals, teach circus skills within the community and find employment with contemporary and traditional circus companies.

Many graduates continue their training through successful audition into the Bachelor of Circus Arts. The Certificate IV in Circus Arts can also provide a pathway into a variety of vocational areas such as theatre arts, dance, fitness, live production, and rigging,


Certificate IV in Circus Arts students train at NICA’s purpose-built training and performance venue. Here they have access to specialised acrobatic and aerial training spaces, fitness and conditioning equipment, general circus studios, performance and movement studios as well as dressing rooms, equipment and costume storage spaces. Students are 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.

Entry Requirements

Entry into NICA is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment. Applicants must apply to audition. A video link may be provided by applicants unable to access an audition venue.

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. It is recommended that applicants have successfully  completed Year 12 or equivalent.

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

Certificate IV in Circus Arts

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

Study Areas Include:
  • circus foundation skills including tumbling, handstands and flexibility
  • group acts incorporating partner-work, aerial acrobatics and manipulation

  • circus specialisation that may include: dance trapeze, tissu, rope, handstands, tightwire, contortion, Chinese pole, rolla bolla, juggling, hula hoops, and aerial hoop

  • specific 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

More info via Swinburne website: detailed course information, outcomes, pathways and scholarships, and course fees and requirements


Certificate IV in Circus Arts
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*Applications open June 2019. IMPORTANT: join our Inside Track mailing list for application reminders and more info

Resources and references:

Audition guide for Australian and New Zealand applicants

Video audition guide for international and geographically remote applicants

Performance outline

NICA fitness preparation guide

Inside Track mailing list for 2020 audition hopefuls

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Audition via online video footage is accepted for international and geographically remote applicants.


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