Introduction to the Technical Aspects of Circus Production

BCA10009 12.5 Credit Points Prahran


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2022 teaching periods


NICA NICA Semester 2 NICA NICA Semester 2

12 Jul 21 - 3 Dec 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
25 Jul 21

13 Aug 21

11 Jul 22 - 4 Dec 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

12 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the technical, safety and production aspects of circus arts. Students gain skills in and knowledge of basic rigging, circus equipment, WH&S legislation, hazard and risk management and the technical production requirements in a circus arts context. Students will examine the various roles of production personnel in circus arts and gain the skills and knowledge required to work with licensed riggers and professionally trained production personnel. In addition, students are introduced to the legal concerns specific to safety and rigging in circus arts.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Understand circus equipment, rigging and production requirements for circus training and performance.
2. Apply non-licensed rigging skills and set up equipment for circus training and productions.
3. Evaluate and explain the technical specifications and production requirements for a specific circus act.
4. Plan ‘bump in’ and ‘bump out’ procedures for a circus production.
5. Identify, implement and review strategies to manage WH&S risks specific to the circus industry.
6. Understand the principles of basic lighting, sound, staging and front of house, production and stage management procedures.

Courses with unit

BA-CIRCA1 Bachelor of Circus Arts