The world’s only MA in Directing Circus

Our MA in Directing Circus is the first of its kind in the world. The MA has been developed to address a recognised need across the global circus community 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.

As an MA student, you’ll engage in both group and independent learning. You’ll have the chance to work with world-leading professionals in the industry, and debate the most recent developments in circus and physical theatre performance and direction.

The MA is accredited to Bath Spa University.

“This brand new MA in Directing Circus is a really exciting development not just for Circomedia but for circus everywhere.”
Dr Bim Mason, Artistic and Education Director

Get to know the MA in Directing Circus

Hopefully the following information will answer most of your questions about studying the MA with us. However, if you have any more questions, please drop us an email on info@circomedia.com  

What will you study?

The course offers students the chance to study a range of research methodologies, as well as the roles, strategies, and practical skills of directing for circus. We’ll encourage you to explore the need for directors to be both authors/originators and facilitators.

The course is split into five modules:

Research methodologies

You'll work alongside students from other performing arts disciplines to develop a sophisticated understanding of, and ability to, research at postgraduate level. 

Circus Directing 1: performer as source

This practical module gives you the opportunity to explore a range of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary to develop as a circus-based performance director. You’ll learn about the roles required of a circus director including dramaturgy, choreography and design. 

Circus Directing 2: director as author

You’ll develop your directing skills with an in-depth project that shifts the emphasis from taught to independent learning. You’ll direct a circus-based act or performance piece to demonstrate your skills. 

Professional engagement

You’ll explore your subject specialism within a contemporary professional context to promote your entrepreneurialism and professional practice. This is a placement-based module. 

Thesis 

Your thesis content is decided in partnership with your course tutors. It can be a written piece, a practical work or a combination of both. 

Is the course right for you?

If you have a background in circus, devising new work, and performance, and you want to develop your abilities as a director who is interested in bringing together circus techniques with artistic expression, then you will thrive on this course. 

Where will the MA take you?

On the MA, you will have the freedom to build upon your practice and research by completing your dissertation or developing a circus production from start to finish. As a result, you will become a more developed director, educator, scholar and circus enthusiast, ready to take on the next exciting challenge of your career. 

How do you fund the MA?

The MA course fees are £6600 and you can apply for a student loan of up to £10,000 to help you cover your costs. To find out more, email admissions@circomedia.com  

Any questions? Take a look at our FAQs or email us at admissions@circomedia.com