Foundation Studies in Circus Arts

BCA10002 12.5 Credit Points Prahran


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 190 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


NICA NICA Semester 1

24 Jan 22 - 19 Jun 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
6 Feb 22

25 Feb 22

Last withdraw without fail:
8 Apr 22

Aims and objectives

In this unit students are introduced to the principles and possibilities of circus arts. Students apply this knowledge to acrobatic technique including handstands, flexibility, tumbling, partner work, aerial and manipulation. Throughout this unit, students are also introduced to foundation safety procedures and techniques used in the circus environment and examine the use of safety equipment. Particular attention is given to the attainment of high-level physical skills and the biomechanics of the performer in relation to their apparatus.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the relationship between body, technique and apparatus
2. Apply the principles of body management and development to a variety of circus skills (foundation training).
3. Understand safety requirements and the physical attributes required to perform a variety of circus skills.
4. Execute selected technical acrobatic routines consistently.
5. Articulate personal goals in relation to circus in oral form.

Courses with unit

BA-CIRCA1 Bachelor of Circus Arts