National Centre for Circus Arts

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Circus Arts – Foundation Degree

The Foundation Degree in Circus Arts aims to develop a broad range of the skills required as a professional circus artist. The specialisation process enables each student to find one circus discipline which will be suited to them, developing their technical and creative vocabulary in that arena. Juggling students will follow the same specialisation process but look at different areas of the Juggling and Manipulation discipline.

The training is 35 hours a week, 35 weeks in the year. The Foundation Degree is intense in order to sustain technical and creative progression, with an equal focus on artistic creativity and collaboration.

The focus is on the continuous assessment of each student’s individual progress, as well as performance related assessment both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. Students’ analytical and critical skills are also assessed through research presentations, essays and other assignment projects.

The degree is delivered at the National Centre for Circus Arts and is awarded by the University of Kent. Students must complete and pass all modules in both years of the course in order to obtain the qualification, and progress on the BA (Hons) Degree. Entry on to the BA (Hons) is at the discretion of the Higher Education delivery team.

To find out more about this course, visit the school website.


Awarding body

University of Kent

School contact details

National Centre for Circus Arts
Coronet Street
London N1 6HD

Tel +44 (0)20 7729 9522

General enquiries





All applications are direct to the school. For more information on the application process visit how to apply.