Degree auditions

Information about the audition process

In-person auditions

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.

Indicative schedule*

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 presentation

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:

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

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:


Technical potential
Creative potential
Willingness to collaborate and an open approach to learning

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 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.

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