About the auditions

Auditions for September 2019 entry are one day and will be held on:

Audition Thursday 4 April 2019
Audition Friday 5 April 2019
Audition Monday 8 April 2019 (now full)
Audition Tuesday 9 April 2019 (now full)
Auditions are by invitation only. You will be invited to audition once you have submitted an application form. Applicants must participate in an audition process. 


We advise you not to make travel arrangements until you have been formally invited to audition.

Over the course of the day, candidates will follow working sessions similar to classes held on the programme. An indicative schedule of the audition is as follows (order and times may vary). At lunch time, the audition panel will assess which candidates are to continue to Stage Two of the audition process. 


If you are unable to attend one of the suggested audition dates you can apply to audition via video once you have submitted your application form. Please see further details in the link below.

Stage 1

08.45 – 09.00  Arrive, sign in and collect your audition number 

09:00 – 09.05  Meet with the audition panel

09:05 - 10:20  Movement

10:20 - 10:30  Break

10:30 – 12:30  Circus Skills

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch

Successful candidates for Stage 2 will be informed to stay.

Stage 2

13:30 - 14:00  Tech requirements meeting

14:00 - 15:00  Theatre

15:00 - 15:30  Presentations set up with Technical team

15:30 - 16:30  Presentations

16:30 - 17:30  Interviews

Daily schedule is subject to change. 

What is being assessed?

During the different sessions of the audition, all tutors will be assessing the following:

Physical and acrobatic abilities and endurance – Physical abilities are determined by a series of objective criteria by a panel over a day of assessed physical activities. Our expectations are coherent with those of our fellow circus arts training institutions worldwide (Centre National des Arts du Circus (France), Ecole Superieure des Arts du Cirque (Belgium) and Ecole Nationale du Cirque (Montreal).

Movement and performance abilities – Abilities will be assessed in sessions similar to those that students will experience during the course. The objective of the session is to evaluate and verify the acquisitions, technical level and potential for development of each candidate. Tutors will also be evaluating the quality of execution and expression, as well as the candidate’s ability to work in a group and their responses to difficulties.

The presentation

The three minute presentation is an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate their performance ability and personal artistic approach. Preferably this should also demonstrate their ability and competence in a physical skill coherent with the practice of circus arts, but at Foundation Degree level this is not a strict requirement. Those observing the presentation will be attentive to; the quality of stage presence, the quality of physical execution of any technique presented, movement quality and quality of interpretation.

Pieces will be presented before all candidates involved with the audition and each candidate is responsible for:

  • Their own musical support on CD, or MP3
  • All material or props needed for the presentation, unless this has otherwise been organised with us.

The interview

Candidates who progress onto part two of the audition process will be asked to stay for an interview at the end of the audition day. The interview will be with at least two members of the audition panel. 

Audition results

Candidates will be notified of their audition result by email within three weeks of the final audition.