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 Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts (DEC) is a 3-year program that combines specialized training in circus arts with the general Quebec college curriculum and leads directly to the professional career.. This program leads to a college diploma (DEC 561.D0) issued 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 Diploma of National Circus School Studies (DEE) is a 3-year program that leads directly to the professional career. This higher-education program focuses specifically on circus arts training and leads to a diploma issued by the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School). It is reserved for foreign students, with the exception of those from France (see DEC program).

Find out more about the detailed program and the admission.


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.

Register for this program

Online registration 

Next school year begins : 
August 2018

Duration :
Three years, full-time

Registration deadlines :
December 15, 2017 (Paris)
January 15, 2018 (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) 

2018 Auditions
January 17-18, 2018

February 15, 2018

February 16, 2018

February 20 to 23, 2018

DVD Auditions 
(international candidates and those living in remote areas)




Scholarships are available, find out more!