Applications due by Monday 15 September 2014

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is inviting aspiring circus artists to apply for entry into its Bachelor or Diploma of Circus Arts and the Certificate III or IV in Circus Arts for 2015.

From 1 October 2014, NICA will be holding auditions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for entry into its courses in 2015. Emerging circus artists and those with a desire for a challenge should consider applying.

Those not yet ready for entry into the degree course can opt to audition for a foundation year in the Certificate IV in Circus Arts. Those in Year 11 or Year 12 considering a circus career can undertake a Certificate III in Circus Arts in partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

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

As the only one of its kind in Australia, NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts attracts applicants from across Australia and overseas. 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.

NICA graduates have established successful careers in Australia and internationally. International companies employing NICA graduates include: Cirque du Soleil (worldwide), Dragone (China), Disneyland (Hong Kong), Universal Studios (Japan), Kinoshita Circus (Japan), NoFit State Circus (UK), Charles Chipperfield Circus (UK), Le Grand Cirque (South Africa), Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi), Cirque Productions (New York), Circulation Locale (Belgium), Norwegian Cruise Lines and Circus Quirkus (NZ).

Australian companies employing NICA graduates include: Circus Oz, Circa, La Soiree, KAGE Physical Theatre, Strange Fruit, Carnival Australia (P&O Cruises), King Kong (Global Creatures), Australian Shakespeare Company, Opera Australia, Strut and Fret, Silvers Circus, Eroni’s Circus, Lennon Brothers Circus and many more.

Graduates and select circus professionals are represented by CircaNICA, Australia’s leading circus booking agency.

Over 110 young people currently study at NICA’s internationally-recognised facility in Melbourne, with a steely determination to graduate with a degree and a competitive advantage that will help them perform at an elite level.

For entry requirements and further information contact NICA

Phone: +61 3 9214 6975.

Audition attendance in person is preferred however, applicants who live outside these cities, and are unable to attend, are eligible to apply by DVD/Video.

Applications close on Monday 15 September 2014.
DVD applications close on Monday 22 September 2014

Audition Dates

  • Wednesday 1 October (Melbourne – Bachelor/Diploma)
  • Thursday 2 October (Melbourne – Bachelor/Diploma)
  • Friday 3 October (Melbourne – Cert III/IV)
  • Sunday 5 October (Sydney)
  • Monday 6 October (Brisbane)
  • Saturday 18 October (Adelaide)
  • Sunday 19 October (Perth)

Melbourne: NICA – 39-59 Green Street, Prahran
Sydney: Aerialize – 7-9 Close St, Canterbury
Brisbane: Flipside – 117 Mina Parade, Alderley
Adelaide: Cirkidz – 27 Fifth St, Bowden
Perth: WA Circus School – Old Customs House, 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle