Degree auditions

Information about the audition process

In-person auditions

Auditions will be held at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London on:

Monday 4 April 2022
Tuesday 5 April 2022
Wednesday 6 April 2022
Thursday 7 April 2022

Applicants must participate in part 2 of the audition process, which is by invitation only once you have submitted your application form, part 1 video and application fee payment. Please refer to our Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Degree pages for more detail. 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 an interview.

Indicative schedule*

An indicative schedule of the audition is as follows (order and times may vary):

08:30 – 09:00: Arrive and sign in
09:00 – 09.15: Introduction with the audition panel
09.15 – 10:15; Movement

10:15 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:30: Theatre
11:30 – 12:00: Tech requirements meeting

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 13:30: Set up for presentations
13:30 – 14:30: Presentations

Break (Selected candidates will be informed to stay)

15:00 – 17:00: Interviews and Q&A

*Daily schedule is subject to change.

The presentation

The 90-second 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: creativity, the quality of stage presence, the quality of physical execution of any technique presented, movement quality and quality of interpretation.

Presentation Pieces will be presented to all other audition candidates and panel members.

Each candidate is responsible for:

  • Their own musical support – You may perform your piece to your own choice of music or audio should you wish. MP3 players with headphone jack only please (that includes smartphones/IPad/Laptops). We will not accept anything via YouTube or music that needs to be streamed on the day
  • All material or props needed for the presentation, unless this has otherwise been organised with us

The interview and Q&A

Selected candidates 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.

Ahead of the interview, you will be asked to research a circus company that has been founded within the last 15 years, in preparation to discuss one or more of the following:

  • Movement qualities
  • Theatrical style
  • Circus content
  • Staging

Running alongside the interviews 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 is being assessed?

Panel scores and comments from both parts of the audition will be used to select candidates for interview.

Part 1 and 2 audition criteria

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 once you have submitted your application form. Video audition requests will be based on individual circumstance. Our full video audition requirements and criteria can be found below.

Full video audition requirements and criteria

Audition results

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 or call 020 7613 8244.