National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

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Name: National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)
43 Green St, Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181

NICA, Australia’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training, offers Australia's ONLY Bachelor of Circus Arts, the highest level of accredited circus training available in Australia. 

BACHELOR OF CIRCUS ARTS - The three year full time Bachelor of Circus Arts degree course incorporates intensive physical training with performance opportunities, academic studies, technical production, health and business education.

CERT IV IN CIRCUS ARTS - this 1 year full time course provides training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge. This course is suitable for aspiring circus artists seeking a qualification and as a pathway for further learning. The Certificate IV can be used for preparation for the Bachelor of Circus Arts course.

CERT III IN CIRCUS ARTS - offers young people in Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to gain a nationally-recognised qualification in Circus Arts after two years part time. The course provides basic training in contemporary circus arts for students who wish to pursue a career as a circus performer.

Study areas include:
• Circus Skills
• Performance and Movement
• Circus History & Cultural Studies
• Circus Business & Career Management
• Technical and Production Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology

NICA boasts some of the world’s finest circus and performance practitioners, hailing from Australia, China, England and Russia. They provide students with a grounding in the world’s traditional and contemporary circus styles, and inspire them to excel in and innovate their craft. Together with the school’s dedicated teams of production, health and administration professionals, they produce a unique educational experience for NICA’s students.

Eager to share their knowledge with the next generation of circus artists, NICA staff have worked with some of the greatest circus companies in the world including: Circus Oz, Circus Royale, Cirque du Soleil, Great Moscow Circus, Legs on the Wall, Circa and Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

“ ‘Impossible training, possible!’ This is one powerful, yet simple mantra, chanted from my former NICA coach and mentor, Jing Jing Xue. NICA provided me with many incredible coaches, each with profound worldly experience, giving me not only the training, but also the knowledge to be successful in the circus and performing arts industry. The facilities at NICA are outstanding, further preparing me for international employment with prestigious companies on world-renowned stages! I am proud and honoured to be a graduate from the Bachelor of Circus Arts program, and I cannot thank NICA enough for the opportunities it has given me. I can now honestly agree that the once perceived ‘impossible’, can be ‘possible!’" - Tamika Ball 2013 graduate (Franco Dragone’s ‘The Han Show’, MGM China’s ‘Destiny ’)

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