We want to do everything we can to help you put together a fantastic application to join us at Circomedia. That’s why we’ve designed this handy guide to help you craft the perfect personal statement and prepare for your audition. If you have any further questions or want to find out more about Circomedia or the BTEC course then visit our website or contact ben@circomedia.com 

How to apply

The application process for entry onto our courses is split into two. First you must complete a short written application. If your written application is successful, you’ll then be invited for an audition at either St Pauls Church in Portland Square where BTEC students train Monday to Wednesday, or our other site in Kingswood – home to the degree course and where BTEC students train on Thursdays.

Writing your application

The form asks you for all the personal information we require in order to process your application, such as your age and education history. However, it also contains questions that give you the opportunity to tell us a little bit more about who you are.  
Please take some time over this section of the application. It’s really important for us to understand who you are and whether you would be suited to Circomedia – and whether Circomedia is suited to you!

We want to hear about your performance and training experiences – and what you’ve learnt from those experiences. Don’t be tempted to list everything you’ve ever done. Simply use examples that highlight your ability – as well as your passion for circus and physical theatre.
It’s not just about your circus skills. We love to hear from applicants who have hobbies and interests beyond the theatre too. Maybe you’re a whizz in the kitchen, are fascinated by film, fancy yourself a history buff or volunteer with animals. Whatever it is that motivates you, add it to your application so we can get a real sense of your personality and what makes you tick.

We also want to know why you’ve chosen us. Have you seen one of our shows? Do you feel our course can offer you something other circus schools or more traditional theatre courses won’t? We are really curious to understand why you’ve decided to apply here.

Finally, have you thought about where training with Circomedia could take you? If you’ve got a vision for your future, share it in your personal statement.

With your personal statement written, make sure you check it over and ensure all the information is accurate and correct. The application form also has space for you to tell us about any specific learning difficulties you may have (e.g. dyslexia) or other disabilities, including mental health. We encourage you to be honest here and give us as much information as is necessary. Circomedia does not discriminate against anyone with a disability and having the details as early as possible allows us to better plan for how we can support you throughout the course.

The audition

Auditions allow us to meet you in person and get an idea of your fitness levels and performance style. It’s also a great opportunity for you to get a feel for Circomedia and what you can expect when you start training here.

The audition is similar to our Open Day, in that you partake in various games and skills sessions. However, the difference this time is our teachers will be watching closely and marking you on four areas:

• Energy and focus
• Quality of movement
• Current skill level
• Aptitude

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been on a trapeze or don’t know how to juggle. We want to see you approach everything with a positive energy and bags of enthusiasm.  We want to see that you can listen to instructions and retain focus. And we want to see that you have the appropriate level of fitness to cope with the demands of the course.

The games and skills sessions will take place in the morning.  After lunch, you’ll perform three-minute audition piece and complete a short written task.

Your audition piece should be between two and three minutes and show off your performance skills to their fullest. You can audition with anything you like. It doesn’t have to be a circus performance. We’ve taken students who have performed dance, gymnastics, monologues and more.

Please note that if you require music for your audition piece, then you’ll need to bring it on a CD or downloaded to a phone or mp3 player. Don’t expect to be able to stream it!  

The written task is a very short essay about you, your skills and what you hope to get out of training with us. It allows us to see the quality of your writing and whether you’ll require academic support on the course.

We usually contact applicants within a week after the audition.

If you have any questions about the course please feel free to contact us. Otherwise, good luck with your application and we hope to see you at an audition soon!

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