If your application is approved then you will be invited to send us a virtual audition or attend an in-person audition depending on which course you have applied for and depending on any protocols relating to Covid Health and Safety at the time.  

Full information will be in the email you receive but if you have any questions or need any support with your audition please get in touch 

If you are requested to submit a video audition, please remember we are not looking at your ability to use a camera just the content of what you send. 

If you have been contacted by us and need to pay for your audition (FDA, BA & Vocational Only) and fill out our audition questionnaires these can be found here

BTEC Virtual Auditions 2022/23

For applicants looking to start in September 2022 we will be holding virtual auditions. This will include an interview via Zoom. Offers will be made after your audition. 

BTEC Virtual auditions involve the following 

1) Please send us a video of a short performance/movement piece of your choice, lasting a maximum of three minutes. You should concentrate on what you’re good at. Creativity and the ability to perform are as important as technical skills. And please have fun with it! circus, dance, a monologue – whatever best shows off your performance skills. Audition pieces are only watched by members of staff. 

You may be lucky enough to have a performance or video that was not necessarily for your audition that you can send. 

2) During the interview we will discuss a few pre-set questions we send you in advance, giving you time to prepare your answers 

3) Complete a written task of at least 200 words on a chosen subject, emailed you in advance.  

Foundation Degree / Vocational Auditions 2021/22

 The FDA and Vocational auditions are 2 day in-person audition based at our Kingswood campus in Bristol.  

  • Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2022.  
  • Monday 30th May and Tuesday 31st May 2022 
  • The auditions are planned to be in person but due to any last minute government announcements, they may move to a virtual audition. To prepare for this, we would recommend all applicants collect any footage of practice or performances.

What to expect?

  • The 2 days of workshop sessions in movement, physical theatre, aerial, juggling and acrobatics.
  • A 20min interview
  • A fitness test
  • A written reflective task that we request you complete after day 1
  • Performing a 3 min audition piece you have prepared prior to audition.


What is being assessed?

  • The fitness test is assessing your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility.
  • Skills workshops are assessing your current skill level, potential, willingness to learn, application, motivation and group working skills.
  • The performance piece is assessed on creativity, performance skills and your current skill level.
  • The written reflection will assess your personal reflection skills.


  • There is no cut of stage during our auditions.
  • All auditionees will attend the full 2 days.
  • We will notify applicants after the auditions via email as soon as a decision has been made.

How to prepare?

  • Devise and practice your 3 min audition piece. Film it if you can in case the audition becomes ‘virtual’ due to any last minute Covid announcements or lockdowns.
  • Fitness- focus on your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility.
  • Don’t forget to book accommodation and travel sooner rather than later.

Your audition Piece

  • This will be performed in front of the panel and other auditionees.
  • A maximum of three minutes long.
  • Performance- and/or movement- based work.
  • Concentrate on what you’re good at.
  • Creativity and the ability to perform are just as important as skills, so you should not worry if you do not have any circus skills already. Monologues, songs, dance and comedy acts are all welcome.
  • If your audition piece is acro based, you may audition with an acrobatics partner. Please notify us if they are also auditioning or just present for your audition piece.

The interview

  • The 20 min interview will be with 2 staff members who will ask you questions in order to learn more about you, your passions, interests and goals and establish your suitability for the course. They will also establish your level of commitment, knowledge and understanding of contemporary circus.


  • You will need to arrange accommodation in Bristol. Due to the uncertainty of Covid we recommend you organise accommodation with suitable cancellation clauses, such as refunds, no penalty for cancellation or no deposit-pay on arrival. We recommend the same for travel.

Audition Fees

There is a non-refundable audition fee of £60 which we require to reserve your audition place.
Payment may be made via our website. If you have been invited to audition then you can pay here Audition Fee – Circomedia If you have not yet been asked to audition then please don’t make any payments. 

Circomedia offers a limited number of audition fee waivers for UK applicants who come from areas where participation in Higher Education is traditionally low. This is based on postcode data and then prioritised based on further criteria below. 

You will need to meet all of the following essential criteria to be eligible for a free audition: 

  • You are a current UK resident (including refugee status) 
  • You are applying to an undergraduate programme 
  • You have no previous degree qualifications 
  • You have an annual household income of less than £25,000 (pre tax) 

To apply for a Fee Waiver please email to request an application form.