From Cirque du Soleil to King Kong The Musical, if you see an Australian circus artist working today on the professional stage anywhere in the world, chances are they began their career by auditioning for the NICA Bachelor of Circus Arts course. The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is now inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entryinto the 2014 Bachelor of Circus Arts course, with the opportunity to join the ranks of the acclaimed alumni who have passed through the institute’s doors over the past 14 years.
From 30 September 2013, NICA trainers will be holding auditions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, with Adelaide and Perth auditions subject to the number of applications received. Applicants who live outside of audition cities however, are eligible to apply by DVD/Video if they cannot attend in person.
As the only circus degree in Australia, NICA’s Bachelor of Circus Arts attracts applicants from across Australia and overseas. The course is a great career opportunity for those with some background in physical training such as circus, sport, dance, physical theatre, gymnastics, acrobatics, martial arts, diving or trampoline and who dream of performing.
NICA graduates have established successful careers in Australia and internationally in acclaimed companies including Circus Oz, Circa, No Fit State and Cirque du Soleil.
“The number of new and independent companies has increased, indicating both a growth in the market place for original contemporary circus and the emergence of a new breed of circus artists to meet that demand,” says NICA’s Program Manager Rose Stephens.
Mike Finch, Artistic Director of Circus Oz that NICA’s reputation for nurturing talented circus artists has put “Victoria among the top three international centres for contemporary circus training along with France and Quebec.”
Entry into the three year Bachelor of Circus Arts Degree course in 2014 is by audition, interview and physiotherapy assessment. Applicants must have completed Year 12 or equivalent to be eligible for this program and are required to apply for an audition via the NICA website at www.nica.com.au or by contacting NICA’s Student Administrator by email [email protected] or on (03) 9214 6537.
Applications close on Monday 9 September 2013.
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