Certificate IV in Circus Arts
During this one-year course, students will be taught to see the body as their key instrument, and will study and practice conditioning and training, core circus foundation skills, movement and performance skills, applied practices, professional behaviours, health and safety, and circus history and trends.
Graduates of a Certificate IV of Circus Arts will be able to pursue a career as a core circus performer, an ensemble member, and will be well prepared to go into further study.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
Prahran (January) - View application and start dates
A$20700 (annual for 2023)*
The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities and course aims and objectives.
- Core circus foundation skills performer
- Ensemble member
- Assistant in properties and bump in/out
Aims and objectives
Pathways and scholarships
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn at Room 132, Building TD. Book now or call +61 3 9214 3584 for more information.
Entry into NICA is by audition, interview and successful completion of a medical assessment. Applicants must apply to audition. A video link may be provided by applicants unable to access an audition venue.
Applicants are expected to have a background in areas such as performing arts, physical theatre, youth circus, dance, martial arts, acrobatic sports or gymnastics.
Applicants must be physically able to undertake the training required. Provision of medical evidence of suitability for circus training may be required.
English language requirements
Satisfactory completion of one of the following:
- Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 4 Upper Intermediate level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%
- minimum IELTS overall band of 5.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 5.0
- TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 65 with no band less than 15
- Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 42 (no communicative skills less than 36)
- any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.
Find out more about English language requirements.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply.Entry into NICA requires an application via Swinburne University of Technology followed by audition, interview and medical assessment.
If you are interested in this course and would like further information about auditions, please sign up to Inside Track for audition information and application dates.
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Tel: +61 3 9214 8444 (outside Australia)
Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 3059