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Introductory Certificate in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre

September 2016 - December 2016



Run from September to December Circomedia's three month course is the ideal way to gain an introduction to the different circus- theatre disciplines and skills, improve fitness and flexibility and experience intensive physical training. This course is ideal for those students who are coming from a purely performance background and who are unsure about the contemporary circus part of the course.

This course does not lead to a formal qualification but a certificate is awarded by Circomedia to those who complete it successfully.


Course Overview

Introductory Certificate students study alongside those starting on the centre's Foundation Degree / one year Professional Diploma courses.

Term one focuses on the fundamentals of circus- theatre performance including technical foundation, Health and Safety, clarity of movement, neutral mask, play / improvisation, introduction to devising, reflecting on training and creative work plus participation in a Christmas performance to an invited audience.

Students who successfully complete the Introductory Certificate will be given the opportunity to join our one year Professional Diploma (level 4).

'This course is a great solid grounding in all skills.
The facilities and the people make it even better.'
Introductory Certificate graduate



Fees & Funding

Tuition fees: £2,370

These courses are privately run and therefore are not eligible for student loan finance. However it is possible to secure a Career Development loan. Please contact us for more information info [ @ ] or visit Career Development Loan website (



Entry Requirements

Those applying for our Introductory Certificate must:

Places are offered on individual merit and after audition. Video auditions can be submitted from outside of Europe.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the three month course most suited to?
The three month trial is perfect for those who would like to see if training at Circomedia is for them. This is especially good if you are coming from a purely performance background and are unsure about the Contemporary Circus part of the course and intensity of the training. It’s also suitable for those who may be coming from overseas or those that cannot commit to a full year or two year course at time of application.

Is there a chance to specialise in a particular area or technique with the three month course?
This course gives students a firm grounding in the fundamentals of circus theatre and therefore there is not a chance to specialise within this time. However, if you successfully complete the Introductory Certificate and subject to funding you may be able to join Circomedia’s one year Professional Diploma Level 4 in which you will be given the chance to specialise.

Is accommodation available at the campus?
A small number of single rooms is available on the Kingswood campus but they are owned and managed by the Kingswood Foundation. Most students live off campus, often taking over bed-sitters, flats or shared houses from students who have just graduated. We use email-outs to share information about vacancies and can also supply accommodation help-sheets. Please note, though, that we are unable to vet properties or landlords and strongly advise you to make your own checks before signing any rental agreements. Generally it is fairly straight forward to find short term lets in Bristol.

Can I take a part time job while studying?
Circomedia courses are physically and mentally demanding and as the typical school day starts at 8.45am and rarely ends before 6pm, it may be over-challenging to take on paid work as well. But there is no veto on combining a job and study. Students who make good progress may even get paid work with Circomedia itself. We run a separate entertainments agency which is often asked to provide performers or workshop leaders for business, educational, social or charity events.