National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

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Maria Rizzo
Prahran, Victoria
P: +61 3 9214 6975

Photographer:  Aaron Walker

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia’s Centre of Excellence in education, training and performance in contemporary circus arts.

NICA is one of eight national arts training institutes and offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. The three year degree course is accredited by Swinburne University and training takes place in custom-built circus facilities on its Prahran campus.

As the only circus degree in Australia, NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts attracts applicants from across Australia. The course is a great career opportunity for those with some background in physical training such as circus, sport, dance, physical theatre, gymnastics, acrobatics, martial arts, diving or trampoline and who dream of performing.

Those wishing to gain a qualification in Circus Arts but would prefer a one year course may apply for the Certificate III in Circus Arts or Certificate IV in Circus Arts.

NICA strives to produce highly employable, skilled and creative artists who will be respected nationally and internationally in the global circus and physical theatre industry.

NICA also invites the general public to enjoy the benefits of circus training by offering a wide range of fun and safe recreational courses for children, teenagers and adults. NICA supports the circus industry with CircaNICA, which operates as a booking agency and producer for circus stage acts, roving performers and commissioned productions.

Circus School

  • Nationally accredited courses (Bachelor of Circus Arts, Certificate III in Circus Arts, Certificate IV in Circus Arts)
  • Recreational circus classes (Term based Short Courses and Holiday Programs)


  • CircaNICA Agency (booking agency and production company)
  • Social Circus