Fees and Funding

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This section explains the different sources of financial support that are available for undergraduate study.

The National Centre for Circus Arts, as part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, offers some generous scholarships and bursaries to enable you to train at the National Centre for Circus Arts with minimum financial commitment. Along with all the affiliate schools of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama we are working to ensure that our courses remain accessible to all students and that we continue to recruit on the basis of talent alone.

If you would like to discuss the options available to you, we are always happy to help. Just contact our Higher Education Student Support Manager, Mara Minchillo on mara@nationalcircus.org.uk or 020 7613 8264.

Undergraduate Fees

UK and EU Tuition Fees

Fees for UK / EU students applying for the Foundation Degree or the BA (Hons) Degree courses in Circus Arts are currently set at £9,250 for 2017/18 academic year, subject to government confirmation. Fees for new entrants in 2017/18, and subsequent years, may be subject to increases year on year in line with inflation, and this will be clearly communicated to applicants when they are offered a place, if not before.

Please note that the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Degree programmes are separate courses. Should students be accepted onto the BA (Hons) Degree after completion of the Foundation Degree your fee will be in line with other new entrants in that year.

If you are new to higher education you can apply for a tuition fee loan, and UK students can also apply for a maintenance loan for living expenses from the government. You will not have to pay anything up front. You won’t have to pay back your loan until after you have graduated and are earning over £21,000.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Non-EU International students applying for the Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Degree courses in Circus Arts are currently set at £17,930 for 2017/18 academic year, fees for subsequent years may be subject to increases year on year in line with inflation, and this will be clearly communicated to applicants when they are offered a place, if not before. Should International applicants be accepted onto the BA (Hons) Degree following the completion of the Foundation Degree, their fee will be in line with other new International entrants to the programme in that year.

Find out more about fees and finance from the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (of which we are a member school).

Read our Higher Education Fees Policy below.

Additional Costs and Equipment

Additional Costs 

In addition to your tuition fees you will be expected to incur the following costs while studying on the Foundation Degree: 

  • You will be expected to bear the cost of attending at least one circus performance during your period at the National Centre. Also, whilst not mandatory, you will be strongly advised to see as many other performances as possible because this is a circus arts programme with a strong focus on performance
  • You will be expected to purchase a domain name for a website as part of an assignment
  • Tuition fees do not include some personal materials, such as practice clothes/kit and books 

Equipment 

The specialist equipment used in some circus specialisms can be expensive, but it is normally possible for the National Centre to supply you with access to the equipment you will need for your course. There are some exceptions, notably any apparatus which has to be custom made or made to fit the student’s size. One example of this would be a Cyr wheel. Most students opt to purchase their own equipment, and the National Centre has a loan scheme to assist you in the purchase of circus equipment, provided this is essential for your circus discipline.

Financial support

There is a wide range of support available to UK and EU students, to enable you to train at the National Centre for Circus Arts with minimum financial commitment, including:

  • Government loans to cover tuition fees and/or living costs
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • Fee discounts
  • Scholarships and bursaries

To find out more about the various financial support options available to you, please contact our degree team on degree.admissions@nationalcircus.org.uk

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama offers a range of scholarships in the form of fee discounts and cash bursaries to UK and EU students.

If you wish to be considered for a Conservatoire scholarship, you need to complete an application to Student Finance England (or its equivalent) as early as possible in order to be means tested. This will allow the Conservatoire to assess what level of support you may be entitled to.

Scholarships awarded on the basis of talent will be allocated by the National Centre for Circus Arts and all eligible students will be considered.

You may be eligible to receive more than one scholarship; however, the maximum amount you can receive is £4,000 per year. Scholarships are reassessed for each year of training.

Further application criteria apply; please download the PDF below for more information.

Related Links

Audition Fee Waiver

You may be entitled to have your audition fees waived if you meet all of the following criteria:

  •  UK Resident
  • Applying to an undergraduate programme (Foundation and BA Hons Degree)
  • New to higher education (no previous degree-level qualification)
  • Annual household income of less than £25,000

If you would like to find out more or apply for a fee waiver please visit http://www.cdd.ac.uk/student-info/auditions/

For further information please email the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama at info@cdd.ac.uk

Care Leaver Support

If you’re in care or have left recently, we understand that you may have some extra practical considerations to take into account when making the progression to Higher Education, and may have concerns about accommodation, financing your studies, and pastoral support. Find out more about the support available to care leavers