- BA (Hons) Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre
- College of Liberal Arts
- Campus or location
- Circomedia - Bristol
- Taught by
- Course length
- One year full-time.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: H3N2
- Campus Code: H,CIRCOMEDIA
Entry to the third year of study is normally restricted to applicants who have completed Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree in full, however applicants with a qualification from a similar institution may also be considered.
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Take your foundation level circus and performance training to undergraduate level.
- Industry links with companies, such as Ockham’s Razor and Cirque Bijou.
- Excellent teaching reputation.
- Rigorous practical training, balanced with research and analytical skills.
Offered to students who successfully complete Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree, the top up year allows you to take your training further and graduate with an associated BA (Hons) Degree, accredited by Bath Spa University. We’ll train you to become a creative artist who can draw on a variety of circus skills that you can apply in a portfolio career.
Our professionally experienced staff foster creative approaches to performance making and encourage entrepreneurism. You’ll create your own portfolio of work during the course and after graduating. Our excellent teaching reputation guarantees rigorous practical training, balanced with research and analytical skills and our industry links with companies, such as Ockham’s Razor and Cirque Bijou, embed industry practice and standards in all classes.
What you'll learn
You’ll examine the history of circus in relation to other performance, such as theatre and dance, and consider the processes and practitioners that inform a contemporary approach to performance making in broad terms, especially circus.
We’ll help you develop your physical skills and performance skills to professional pitch and engage you with the ideas and concepts of physical performance, and creative process of making work.
We’ll enable you to synthesise and apply your learning to date at a deeper level. You’ll create a portfolio of work that has particular professional markets in mind and you’ll critically evaluate your work within this context. You’ll be immersed in a professional environment where you work on a production that goes outside of the school and prepares you for life in the professional world.
We emphasize the processes of making work over the end product and holistically integrate your technical training and conditioning practice. For your final dissertation project, we challenge you to make a major piece of work for performance, document the process, write an extended critical commentary of the work and speak about this in a viva.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods may include:
- Written coursework, such as essays and critical commentaries;
- Oral presentations (vivas).
How will I be taught?
Along with the practical technical sessions, the course also includes lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and rehearsals. Workshops explore a specific area of study with the intent of developing your skills or approach to the work and move freely between tutor-led instruction, class discussion and practical exercises and tutorials are opportunities to discuss your personal progress, usually in one-to-one or small group sessions of 10-30 minutes duration.
We have a high success rate of individuals finding professional work. Students have gone on to join established companies or worked solo while many have set up their own schools and companies.
Our graduates can be seen performing at well-known festivals and top-class venues, as well as on TV and in film, and are respected as professional practitioners in their field. Some of our students go on to teach themselves and we have several that revisit the school to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of practitioners.
You can read more about some of our successful alumni on the Circomedia website.
Facilities and Resources
Where the subject is taught
The BA (Hons) top up year is hosted at Circomedia’s Kingswood site which boasts six training spaces including 3 aerial spaces and mirrored studio. There is also a student room with a kitchen, quiet study room, classroom and IT suite. This site also holds a library with a comprehensive selection of books and media on contemporary circus with physical theatre.
UK and EU students full time
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Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
You’ll will need to have completed Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree in Contemporary Circus with Physical Performance or have the equivalent qualification from another institution in a similar subject.
In the event of insufficient places being available to accommodate all Foundation Degree students who wish to progress, there will be a selection process based on your achievements during the Foundation Degree.
If you are not a current or ex-Circomedia student or do not have a similar qualification from another institution we suggest that you apply for Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree through UCAS. You’ll then be able to apply for the BA (Hons) top up in your second year of study.
Regretfully we are currently unable to accept applicants needing a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK onto this course at this time.
Entry to the third year of study is normally restricted to applicants who have completed Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree in full. In the event of insufficient places being available to accommodate all Foundation Degree students who wish to progress, there will be a selection process based on achievement during the Foundation Degree, supplemented by audition and interview as appropriate, and will be subject to satisfactory academic references.
Applicants with a qualification from a similar institution may also be considered however not all those who have done so will be suitable for this higher level course and therefore there is a selection process.
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.
Interview and portfolio guidance
If your application is successful we’ll invite you to an audition / workshop day at our Kingswood site. If you are applying from outside of Europe we can accept a video audition.