BA Hons

This one year course consolidates the technical level of a specific circus discipline and its integration with a personal artistic approach.

Course Overview

This one year course consolidates the technical level of a specific circus discipline and its integration with a personal artistic approach.

The training is intensive; weeks are 35 hours long with a mix of taught sessions and scheduled independent learning. Each year is 33 weeks in length in order to sustain physical progression. As well as physical skill development there is a strong focus on artistic exploration and creativity, contextual studies and business planning.

The course will focus on continuous assessment of each student’s individual progress, as well as performance related assessment both as an individual and as part of an ensemble. Students analytical and critical skills are also assessed through research projects and presentations.


    BA (Hons) Degree in Circus Arts


    We do not go through UCAS


    National Centre for Circus Arts – London


    University of Kent


    1 year (full-time), 35 hours a week, 33 weeks in the year


    September – July

Module Map

Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits across the whole year.

Our teaching is informed by research, and active performers and directors who are already working in the professional industry. Modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them on Teams, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), once you have registered for the course.


Autumn | 10 credits

Circus in the 21st Century


Autumn & Spring | 10 credits

The Business Plan


Autumn & Spring | 25 credits

Negotiated Performance Task


Autumn & Spring | 15 credits



Autumn & Spring | 15 credits

Movement & Composition 2


Autumn, Spring & summer | 30 credits

Circus Discipline Level 2


summer | 15 credits

The Ensemble

In detail

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree from the National Centre for Circus Arts or another school listed below which is a recognised Full Type 1 member of FEDEC. Please see below list of schools:

  • Académie Fratellini (St. Denis, France)
  • Centre National des Arts du Cirque (Châlons-en-Champagne, France)
  • Circomedia (Bristol, UK)
  • Codarts Rotterdam – Circus Arts (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Dans och Cirkushögskolan (DOCH, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Ecole Nationale de Cirque (Montreal, Canada)
  • École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC, Brussels, Belgium)

Any candidate applying for direct entry to the BA (Hons) course from any of these institutions must provide evidence that they have successfully completed two years of training on a relevant course, equivalent to a Foundation Degree, along with details of their previous study (for example a student handbook or module guide).

Direct entry applicants will be interviewed at audition and will be expected to provide a reference and their transcript to date. This is to ensure that they are being assessed for entry on the same basis as internal applicants from the National Centre Foundation Degree.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in both written and verbal English language which would normally be GCSE English or equivalent International English Language Testing System. Overseas students may be required to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) prior to entry in order to meet VISA requirements.

We define BA level in this context as someone who can formulate and communicate his or her technical and artistic needs at a level consistent with a view to entering the profession as a young practitioner. We also expect candidates to be capable of working at a level of autonomy not necessarily present, or acquired at, Foundation Degree level.

2022 Entry

Applications for our Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Degree courses* will be opening in October 2021 for September 2022 entry.

*The Courses at NCCA are validated by the University of Kent. We periodically review and enhance them to ensure we are delivering high quality degree courses to our students. We are due to review our course in the 2021/22 academic year. As a result, there may be some changes to the course content and qualifications in September 2022. We will inform all candidates about changes to the course when applicable but for now the course summary document outlines the course you will be applying for. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Stevie Taylor or Joanna Young.

Deadline for applications: 14 March 2022, 1pm (BST)

Applications are now closed. Please check back in the Autumn term.

Admissions process

The admissions process is made up of two parts.

Part 1: Apply and submit video

  1. Apply directly through our website via the online application form above
  2. Pay the £25 application fee. Fee waivers are available*
  3. Submit your video link within the application. See part 1 video guidance and criteria
  4. Once we have received your application form, video and payment, we will invite you to part 2 (a one-day audition) so long as you meet the entry requirements below

*Application fee waivers

We are able to offer a number of application fee waivers to UK applicants from low-income backgrounds that may not otherwise be able to make an application. For further information about eligibility and how to apply please visit the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website.

Part 2: Attend an in-person audition

Part 2 Auditions will be held in April at the National Centre for Circus Arts building, London. Find out more about the audition.


We are hopeful that the 2nd part of our 2-part auditions will be able to go ahead at the National Centre for Circus Arts building in 2022. However, if due to Covid-19 they cannot, alternative arrangements will be put in place and applicants will be required to audition fully via video. To help prepare for this scenario, we advise applicants to start gathering video material, such as training or circus discipline footage and familiarise themselves with our full video criteria.

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