Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre – Top-up degree – Circomedia

Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Taught by
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: H3N2

Entry requirements

Entry to the third year of study is usually 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.

Convert your Foundation degree into a full BA (Hons) in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre with our Top-up course.

  • Benefit from Circomedia's excellent links with professional circus and theatre companies.
  • Learn through rigorous, practical, skills-based classes, balanced with research and analysis.
  • Develop a repertoire of acts for different audiences and create a full-length ensemble show that tours UK venues.

Become a creative artist who can draw on a variety of circus skills and apply them to a portfolio career.

This Top-up year course is offered to students who successfully complete Circomedia’s two year circus Foundation degree, or applicants who have an equivalent qualification in a similar area and can demonstrate a suitable level of skill. It allows you to take your initial training further, and graduates will be awarded a BA (Hons) Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre. 

Professionally experienced staff foster creative approaches to performance-making and encourage entrepreneurialism. You’ll create your own portfolio of work during the course, and undertake rigorous practical training balanced with research and analysis. Our industry links with companies such as Ockham’s Razor, Cirque Bijou and Gandini Juggling embed industry practice and standards in all classes.

What you'll learn


The BA year is about drawing together everything you’ve learned, exploring it, refining it and developing it into something presentable in a professional context.

Everything you’ll do is geared towards practical industry experience and preparing for a career as a circus theatre artist. You’ll create a portfolio of work that has particular professional markets in mind, and critically evaluate your work within this context.

You’ll experience a realistic industry environment as you create a full-length production that tours a variety of venues in the UK.

The Practice As Research module will encourage you to question your own processes and encourage you to holistically integrate your technical training and creative practice. This research feeds into your final project, where we challenge you to make a major piece of work for public performance, document the process and be able to articulate, analyse and interrogate your creative ideas in a viva-voce presentation.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods may include:

  • Performances
  • Written coursework, such as essays and critical commentaries
  • Oral presentations (vivas).

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mixture of:

  • Practical, skills-based classes in your specialisations / discipline
  • Creative workshops
  • Seminars
  • Individual and group tutorials.



We have a high success rate of individuals finding professional work after graduating from Circomedia. Graduates have gone on to join established companies or worked solo, while many have set up their own companies and professional partnerships.

Our graduates can be seen performing at well-known festivals and top-class venues around the world, as well as on TV and in film, and are respected as high quality practitioners in their field. Some of our students go on to teach, and we have several that revisit the school to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of circus artists and performers.

Read more about some of our successful alumni.

Facilities and Resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is hosted at Circomedia’s Kingswood site which boasts six training spaces including three aerial spaces and mirrored dance studio. There's 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.

Students get to perform their final shows in Circomedia’s impressive church venue in the centre of Bristol. Converted and saved from dilapidation in 2005 by The Churches Conservation Trust, this building houses the UK’s largest indoor trapeze rig and aerial facilities unparalleled in the South West.

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UK students full time

Course fees
2022/23 entry £9,250
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023
2024/25 entry Published Jan 2024

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll need to have completed Circomedia’s two year Foundation degree in Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre or have the equivalent qualification from another institution in a similar subject. External applicants should also be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in circus / theatre disciplines.

If you're not a current or ex-Circomedia student or don't 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're currently unable to accept applicants needing a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK onto this course.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in this course but haven’t applied before the UCAS deadline, please get in touch, as there may still be places available.

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're applying from outside the EU we can accept a video audition.

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