Introducing our Circus Academy

Key Academy Dates

BTEC Application Deadline: Friday 10th April 2020

FDA & Degree Application Deadline: Friday 15th May 2020

Masters Application Deadline: Mon 6th July 2020

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If you want to study circus with physical theatre and develop as a new kind of performer then look no further than Circomedia. Our Circus Academy offers a range of full-time courses delivered in partnership with Weston College and Bath Spa University. We are proudly based in the vibrant city of Bristol, famous for its thriving performance industry and links to the wider circus and theatre community.

Circomedia has been at the forefront of contemporary circus education for over 30 years. Above all, it is one of our core educational beliefs that minds and personalities need developing just as much as physical skill. That is why we nurture our students to take an imaginative and innovative approach to training. In addition, we aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need for the existing artistic landscape. This is so they can create their own blend of circus and theatre for the future. We encourage all our students to devise work that challenges and inspires, in the hope that they will discover the fullness of their physical, emotional and creative potential.

“I got so much from my studies. Circomedia gave me a safe place to try things, fail at things and learn from them.”

  – Pedro Tochas, street theatre performer and TV actor

Circomedia Academy: Academic Courses

The Circomedia Academy offers a choice of full-time accredited courses to suit a variety of ages, abilities and levels of experience. Our unique approach to training means that graduates leave our Circus Academy with the skills and confidence to build successful careers.

BTEC Course

For learners aged 16+ we offer a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. The course is the only two-year Extended Diploma in the UK that allows students to specialise in circus. Alongside circus, students train in movement, physical theatre and devising. The course features the same academic rigour as A-levels whilst also focusing on more practical learning. BTEC students study four days a week. Moreover, the full Extended Diploma provides enough UCAS points for university applications. The course is delivered in partnership with Weston College, which is rated Outstanding by OFSTED. We ensure the same quality extends to our Circus Academy and its teaching, management and outcomes.

The BTEC Open Day has now passed for 2020/21. However, applications are still open until Fri 10th April. Find out how to apply here.

Degree Course

Circomedia’s undergraduate Degree programme is split into a two-year Foundation Degree and a BA(Hons) top-up year. We are one of only two places in the UK to offer circus education at degree level. In addition, Circomedia is the only UK-based institution with a rich history of integrating circus with physical theatre and other disciplines. Both courses are validated by Bath Spa University.

The Degree Open Days have now passed for 2020/21. However, applications are still open until Fri 15th May.

A photo montage showing Circomedia students on the BTEC, Degree and MA course performing and practising circus tricks including aerial, acro, tightwire, juggling and trapeze, as well physical theatre.

Vocational Course

We deliver a privately funded, unaccredited version of the Degree called the Vocational Course. This course is ideal for people who want to develop their skills in contemporary circus and physical theatre but who don’t require the formal qualification. An intensive training experience, students have the chance to study a wide range of disciplines and styles. This includes circus, dance, theatre, cabaret, and street performance. The Vocational Course directly mirrors the Degree and can be studied as a three-month short course (September – December) or for a full year. For instance, some Vocational Course students stay with us for just one year. While others have done all three years of the BA as a Vocational Student!

Masters Course

In September 2017 Circomedia launched the world’s first Masters Degree in Directing Circus, in partnership with Bath Spa University. The MA was developed to address a recognised need across the global circus community. The course aims to create and support a new kind of performance director. One who is aware of the possibilities and limitations of using circus techniques in an artistic context.

On June 2nd we will be hosting our MA Digital Open Day for you to ask questions and explore the course in further detail. Limited spaces available so please book your place by contacting admissions@circomedia.com at the earliest opportunity. Find out more about our MA in Directing Circus and Digital Open Day.

Applications for the MA are open until Mon 6th July. Find out how to apply here.

“Circomedia had a massive influence on all of us. Looking at the possibilities of circus, where it can be taken – and that it’s a free artform, what do you want to do with it – really formed the way I look at it.”



Charlotte Mooney, co-artistic director of Ockham’s Razo

For any more information about any of our courses please email admissions@circomedia.com

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