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Two Year Foundation Degree in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre

September 2016 - July 2018



This course leads to a Foundation Degree (FDA) run in partnership with, and awarded by Bath Spa University. This two year full-time course aims to develop the student as a rounded performer. Although this is an intensive training course the emphasis is on breadth rather than intense specialisation.

It aims to expose students to a wide range of disciplines and styles and incorporates circus, dance, theatre, cabaret and outdoor theatre. With a grounding in physical technique and skill it also explores the various cultural, historical and social contexts in which these disciplines sit. The course will also teach students some of the technical, practical and logistical elements of working professionally as a performer, managing, staging and promoting their own work.

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Course Overview

Year One

Your first year introduces you to the basic building blocks of the subject. Year one is about promoting positive habitual behaviour and helping you to develop a professional technique that is safe and can support you throughout a lifelong career. You consider how and what to communicate through performance, gain core techniques in body conditioning, improvisation and movement and explore the technical skills required of aerial, acrobatics and equilibristics and manipulation.

You gain a grounding in the specific skills of physical theatre. Concurrently, you explore the history of circus within the context of the history of performance – all the while developing your academic skills of research and referencing. You will be introduced to Personal Development Planning in the form of journals and reflection. You also develop skills in street theatre.

Year Two

The second year of your studies develops the processes and techniques introduced in your first year. Year two continues to train your core technique in your chosen circus skills but with a more intense focus on one of the skills. You will create a personalised action plan of the technical and conditioning learning and progress you want to make and measure yourself against this plan. To develop your creative performance making skills you will have a series of devising projects both in ensemble and solo work.

"An absolutely unforgettable experience. Thank you Circomedia!"
- Foundation Degree graduate

To support this you will study and practically apply a range of stylistic performance forms and you will learn how to work in the profession, guided by lectures from professional organisations. You will critically apply your learning and understanding across your assignments in this year.




Tuition fees: £9,250 per year

As this course is accredited by Bath Spa University students are eligible to obtain a student loan.

Please note: The UCAS deadline does not apply to our school. Please apply via UCAS by the 1st June.

Following successful completion of the two year Foundation Degree you may wish to apply for our
BA (Hons) top up year.



Entry Requirements

Entrants for the Foundation Degree must:

If you have any queries regarding our entry requirements please contact admissions [@] / 0117 9477288



How to Apply

Applications should be made via the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) . Bath Spa will receive your application and if you meet the requirements, the University forwards your successful application to Circomedia.

Circomedia will assess your application and you may be invited to an audition however please note that not all applicants will move onto this stage of the process.

Course Code: W900
Institution code: B20
Campus code: H

Go to Bath Spa University course details here >>

Please note: The UCAS deadline does NOT apply to our school. Please apply via UCAS by the 1st June.

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If you have any further queries relating to your application please contact

If your application is successful you shall then be invited for an audition/workshop day at our Kingswood site. Students who live in Europe are strongly encouraged to visit Circomedia for their interview and audition however if this is not possible then a video audition will be accepted.

International students: Regretfully we are currently unable to accept applicants onto our Foundation Degree or BA requiring a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK at this time however If you live outside of the EU/EEA, Circomedia can sponsor you for our Professional Diploma and/or Introductory Certificate courses via our tier 5 sponsorship licence so be sure to take a look at these courses on our website.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between taking Circomedia’s one year Professional Diploma and two year Foundation Degree?

The main difference is that the Foundation Degree lasts two years and the professional diploma lasts one. The Foundation Degree also requires written work whereas the Professional Diploma is much more of an intensive training course. As the Foundation is accredited you are eligible to receive a student loan which is not possible with the one year course.

How much written work does the Foundation Degree require?

The course requires you to complete written work in the form of essays, documentation and a Professional Development Plan. Written work accounts for approximately 20-30% of most modules with performances and presentations making up the remainder. The Foundation Degree has no formal written examinations. Circomedia also has a small but comprehensive library of books and film that you are free to loan to better inform your written and performance work.

What should I say in a personal statement?

A personal statement is the chance for you to tell us what why Circomedia’s course would be the best for you and what excites you most about exploring the integration of circus and theatre. You will find that we’re less picky than most about formal qualifications, perfect spelling or past accolades. What we really want is a sense of who you are now and what you dream of becoming.

Is there accommodation available on campus?

Circomedia do not provide or manage student accommodation however a small number of rooms are available on the Kingswood campus which are managed by CYN. Generally, it is fairly easy to find good and cheap student accommodation in Bristol.

Can I take a 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.