Higher Education (DEC-DEE)
The higher education programs aim to produce professional circus artists. Two programs are intend for students who have completed their high school studies:
The 3-year Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts (DEC) program combines specialized training in circus arts with the general Quebec college curriculum and leads directly to a professional career. Upon graduation, students receive a college diploma (DEC 561.D0) accredited by the Quebec ministry of Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science. This program is intended primarily for students from Canada or France but is open to international students as well.
The 3-year Diploma of National Circus School Studies (DEE) program also leads directly to a professional career. DEE students take the same courses as those in the DEC, except for literature and philosophy subjects. They graduate with a diploma issued by the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School). This program is reserved for international students who are not eligible for the DEC program.
Educational and artistic approaches
These 3-year programs emphasizes students' overall development. It focuses on both theory and practice of performing arts and the 5 major disciplines of the circus arts: aerials, balancing, acrobatics, juggling and clowning arts. An interdisciplinary approach is taken that encourages the student to develop versatility and a broad set of skills while mastering one or more disciplines, depending on whether a specialist or generalist.
The program aims to train professional circus artists capable of interpreting all forms of circus works. Graduates are able to create individual repertoire or to actively participate in the creative process under a director or as part of a collective.They have the resources to effectively manage a career and take responsibility for their own health and safety.
During the course of study, students have numerous opportunities to perform before an audience, in particular those provided by the Annual Shows. Creating a work that integrates all that has been learned with individual artistic vision and performing it before an audience constitutes the Final Exam of the program.
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Next school year begins:
Three years, full-time
December 15th, 2018 (Paris)
January 15th, 2019 (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver)
February 19th to 22nd, 2019
February 7th, 2019
February 8th, 2019
January 16th-17th 2019
Before January 15th, 2019 (international candidates and those living in remote areas)
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