What is the ideal profile of a circus artist?
A circus artist must demonstrate both a creative spirit and a great capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. This person should be multi-talented, open to the world and able to function autonomously, along with being determined and disciplined. Since the labour market is international in scope, it follows that the artist should enjoy travel and be ready to adapt to the mobile life involved in touring.
Must I have previous training or experience in circus arts to be admitted to the School?
It is not necessary to be experienced in a specific circus discipline. However, the School admits candidates who have practised at an advanced level martial arts or acrobatic sport disciplines such as artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, diving, figure skating, etc.
What are my prospects for employment when my studies are completed?
Please consult the careers oppourtunities page.
Does the School offer a housing service for students coming from outside Montreal?
To augment the services it offers students, the NCS now provides 24 housing units on site. The residence for minor students is located adjacent to the School with a corridor connecting it to the main building. Each individual room is equipped with a bathroom and can accommodate two students. For older student, it is very easy to find affordable rent in Montreal especially near the School. Most appartments can be found on specified website or in the newspapers. Please note that in Quebec most leases are renewed on the first of July for a duration of one year, unless otherwise agreed upon with the landlord. Find out more.
During the Entrance Exam, must I be able to execute all the required exercises?
The candidate must execute only the movements that he or she has mastered previously. For more information, please visit the « admission » section of each program.
What advice do you have for me as I prepare for the Entrance Exam?
To best way to prepare with the Entrance Exam is to first consult our website and read the exam description under the « admission » section. The ideal next step is to consult a physical education or sports training professional who will be able to advise you according to your capabilities.
If I want to take advantage of the Participation to the entrance exam by video, it is possible to forward a video after sending in the registration forms?
The complete file, including videocassette, must be mailed to us before the registration deadline. If the submission is found to be incomplete on deadline day, we unfortunately will not be able to accept your candidacy.