Vocational Courses

Develop as a performer on our vocational course

If you want to receive the high-quality education of our Degree programme but aren’t interested in earning an accredited qualification then our Vocational Course is just what you’re looking for.

An intensive training experience, you will have the chance to study a wide range of disciplines and styles, including circus, dance, theatre, cabaret, and street performance. You may also explore the various cultural, historical and social contexts of circus and physical theatre.

“A very supportive atmosphere with helpful and motivating teachers”

-Jo Smith, graduate

What will you study?

The Vocational Course is a self-funded and non-accredited version of our Degree programme available to anyone over the age of 18. You will study alongside Degree students doing all the same classes, you just don’t have to do the academic written work. The course aims to develop you as a well-rounded performer, giving you the opportunity to practice a range of circus disciplines. As a result, our focus is on breadth rather than encouraging you to specialise. You’ll also learn about the technical, practical and logistical elements of life as a professional circus performer, including managing and promoting your own work.

The Vocational Course can be done as a short course of three months (September – December, the first term of the FDA) or for a full year. It is possible to shadow all three years of the Degree programme as a Vocational student if you wish. Most Vocational students will begin in the first year working alongside Year 1 FDA students however it is possible to go straight into the second year if you have a higher level of skill and experience. This option can be discussed at audition.

What do you need?

To apply for the Vocational Course you’ll need to demonstrate that you have the self-discipline to pursue a tough physical training regime and show prior experience in circus, dance, gymnastics or theatre. Beyond that we are looking for creative and enthusiastic people willing to take risks, push themselves and be open to trying new things.

How much does it cost?

Tuition fees WITHOUT aerial specialisation: £6,500

Tuition fees WITH aerial specialisation: £7,700

3-month short course: £2,700

Students on the one-year course are also required to pay an annual materials fee of £100. Students on the short course pay a reduced fee of £60.

Please note that since these are private, unaccredited courses, Student Finance England (or similar) will not provide a loan for tuition fees or maintenance. You can apply for a Career Development Loan to fund your studies.

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