Fees and Funding

Undergraduate Fees 2021/22

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

If you would like to discuss the options available to you, we are always happy to help. Just contact our Higher Education Admissions and Registry Manager, Joanna Gray on joanna@nationalcircus.org.uk or 020 7613 8244.

Students classed as ‘Home Fee’ status

If you are new to higher education, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Government. For full details please go to www.cdd.ac.uk/students/ or visit our website.

Fees for new entrants classed as ‘Home Fee’ status in 2021/22 are subject to government confirmation. ‘Home’ Fees for the 2020-21 academic year were set at £9250 on entry. 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. 

Students classed as ‘International Fee’ / ‘Overseas’ status

You will be required to pay the full cost of your tuition fees. Fees for new entrants classed as International Fee status in 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. ‘International’ Fees for the 2020-21 academic year were set at £17,930 on entry. Fees for subsequent years might 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.

If necessary, government loans, scholarships or sponsorship should be sought from your country of origin. All students classed as international fee status must have funding or, if self-funded, appropriate funds in place, prior to starting the programme.

For fee status eligibility, you can find information on the UKCISA website.  

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 range of support available to 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
  • Fee discounts
  • Scholarships and bursaries

Eligibility criteria applies. To find out more about financial support options available to you, please contact our degree team on joanna@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 which students may be eligible for, depending on their financial circumstances.  

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 visit the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website for more information. 

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