Run away and join the circus … after you’ve got the degree

National Auditions for the National Institute of Circus Arts

Applications close Friday 2 September

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) will be touring the country in search of Australia’s future circus stars!
NICA is calling for young people with backgrounds in areas such as sport, circus, gymnastics, dance and theatre to audition for places in Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts.
As the country’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training, positions at NICA are much sought after and attract Australia’s most talented, physically gifted and creative young performers.
In 2001, NICA pioneered Australia’s first Bachelor of Circus Arts, with an aim to prepare students for national and international careers in contemporary circus arts and physical theatre. NICA graduates have secured positions with Circus OzCIRCALa Soriee, Legs on the Wall and Cirque du Soleil.
Skills developed during the course include basic physical training, circus skills, performance and dance, history and culture of circus, entrepreneurship, and health and safety in the circus environment.
The Bachelor of Circus Arts is an innovative three-year degree program based at NICA in Melbourne, at the Swinburne University of Technology Prahran campus. Entry to the course is by audition. NICA also offers Certificate III and Certificate IV foundation courses. Prospective students must complete an application form and attend an audition and interview in the location nearest them. The NICA team, led by the Head of Circus, James Brown and VE Coordinator, Tegan Carmichael, will visit the following cities for auditions:

MELBOURNE Ÿ Thursday 15 September Ÿ NICA National Circus Centre (Black Flip)
MELBOURNE Ÿ Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 of September Ÿ NICA National Circus Centre
SYDNEY Ÿ Saturday 26 September Ÿ Aerialise
HOBART Ÿ Monday 26 September Ÿ Slipstream Circus
BRISBANEŸ Tuesday 27 September Ÿ Flipside Circus
MULLUMBIMBY Ÿ Thursday 29 September Ÿ Spaghetti Circus
FREMANTLE Ÿ Sunday 2 October Ÿ WA Circus School
ADELAIDE Ÿ Tuesday 4 October Ÿ Cirkidz
DARWIN Ÿ Thursday 6 October Ÿ Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
CANBERRA Ÿ Sunday 9 October Ÿ Warehouse Circus

Applicants are required to register for an audition via the NICA website at or by phoning NICA on (+613) 9214 6975.