Information about the audition process
Part 2 Auditions will be held at the National Centre for Circus Arts building in London on:
Monday 15 April 2024
Tuesday 16 April 2024
Wednesday 17 April 2024
Thursday 18 April 2024
Applicants must participate in part 2 of the audition process, which is by invitation only once you have submitted your application form and part 1 video. We advise you not to make travel arrangements until you have been formally invited to an audition.
What to expect on the day
Over the course of the day, candidates will follow working sessions similar to classes held on the course. After the presentations, the audition panel will assess which candidates are to stay for a discussion with members of the HE team.
An indicative schedule of the audition is as follows (order and times may vary):
08:45 – 09:00 Arrive and sign in
09:00 – 09.15 Introduction with the audition panel
09.15 – 10:30 Movement
10:30 – 10:45: Break
10:45 – 12:00: Theatre
12:00 – 12:30: Tech requirements meeting
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch
13:30 – 14:00: Set up for presentations
14:00 – 15:00: Presentations
Break (Selected candidates will be informed to stay)
15:30 – 17:30: Individual Discussions and Q&A
*Daily schedule is subject to change.
The 1.30-2 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. The panel observing the presentation will be attentive to your: creativity and imaginative response, stage presence, physical execution of any technique presented, movement quality, expression and connection with the audience.
Presentation Pieces will be presented to all other audition candidates and panel members.
Each candidate is responsible for:
Individual Discussions and Q&A
Selected candidates will be asked to stay for a discussion at the end of the audition day with at least two members of the audition panel. This is a chance for the audition panel to get to know a bit more about you, your suitability for the course and to discuss with you your aspirations.
Running alongside the individual discussions will be a group question and answer session. This enables applicants to gain as much information about our degree courses as possible, helping them to make a more informed decision about whether the National Centre for Circus Arts is the right place for them.
What do we look for in auditions?
The audition panel are looking for your suitability to study on our degree course and potential for a career in circus arts. Having experience in circus skills is desirable but not essential and does not exclude you from getting on the course. The main areas the panel will be looking at is your:
Panel scores and comments from both parts of the audition will be used to select candidates for individual discussions.
Please read our audition criteria to see what you will be assessed on.
Full Video Auditions
If you are based outside of the UK or are unable to attend one of the scheduled part 2 audition dates, you can apply to audition fully via video. Please email email@example.com to request a full video audition. Video audition requests will be based on individual circumstance. Our full video audition requirements and criteria can be found below.
Candidates will be notified of their audition result by email within three weeks of the final audition.
If you have any questions about the admissions process please contact the Admissions and Registry Manager, Joanna Young on firstname.lastname@example.org.