Detailed Program

  • School CalendarOpen or Close

    The program schedule is intensive, and attendance is mandatory from morning till night all week long. Preparation for the Annual Show and/or for personal and group work frequently require additional weekend hours.

    • Summer Intensive: August 13 to 24, 2018 (first year only)
    • Fall Session: August 31 to December 18, 2018
    • Winter Session: January 7 to June 9, 2019
    • Summer Session: June 13 to July 5, 2018 (first year only)

    * Schedule is subject to change.

  • Schedule and disciplines taughtOpen or Close

    The language of training is French. The DEC candidate must have an excellent knowledge of either English or French. A Canadian candidate whose first language is English enrolling in the DEC program may elect to take 4 English literature courses (instead of French literature) and 2 courses in French as a second language. A student who does not have sufficient mastery of the French language may be required to take additional language courses at the School.

    The student may choose between two different profiles:

    Specialist: one discipline 
    Generalist: two or three disciplines


    Course calendar

    Year 1 (fall semester)

    Introduction to Circus Arts
    Physical Conditioning 1
    Floor Gymnastics 1
    Balancing 1
    Specialized Technique 1
    Acting 1
    Dance 1
    Trampoline and flexibility 1
    English :Components of discourse*
    Philosophy and Rationality*
    French as a Second Language 1

    Year 1 (winter semester)

    Physical Conditioning 2
    Floor Gymnastics 2
    Balancing 2
    Juggling and Manipulation
    Aerial Acrobatics
    Specialized Technique 2
    Acting 2
    Dance 2
    Trampoline and Flexibility 2
    English : Literary genres*
    Philosophy and Ethics*
    French as a Second Language 2
    Health and Security



    Year 2 (fall semester)

    Physical Conditioning 3
    Specialized and Complementary Technique 1
    Acting 3
    Dance 3
    Circus Arts and Influences
    Devising and Producing a Number 1
    English : Literary themes*
    Philosophy : The Human Condition* 


    Year 3 (fall semester)

    Specialized and Complementary Technique 3
    Musicand Rythm 1
    Dance 5
    Devising and Producing a Number 3
    Performing a Number 2
    Career Management
    Anatomy 1


    Year 2 (Winter semester)

    Physical Conditioning 4
    Psychological Preparation
    Floor Gymnastics 3
    Specialized and Complementary Technique 2
    Acting 4
    Dance 4
    Researching Methodoloy
    Devising and Producing a Number 2
    Performing a Number 1
    English : Written and Oral Communication*


    Year 3 (winter semester)

    Physical Conditioning 5
    Specialized and Complementary Technique 4
    Music et Rythm 2
    Acting 5
    Devising and Producing a Number 4
    Performing a Number 3
    Show Creation and Production
    Performing Skills
    Anatomy 2

    * These courses are not included in the DEE program ; they are mandatory for students of the DEC 561.D0 program. 

    Disciplines taught


    Hand to hand (dynamic)  
    Russian Bar
    Russian Swing
    Chinese Pole
    Korean Board
    Icarian Games
    Rebound Straps
    German Wheel
    Cyr Wheel



    Hand to hand (static)  
    Tight Wire
    Slack Wire
    Tight Rope 


    Cradle :

    • Aerial
    • Russian

    Rope :

    • Single
    • Double
    • Triple
    • Cloud Swing


    • Swinging trapeze
    • Fixed trapeze
    • Dance Trapeze

    Roman Rings



    Foot juggling
    Devil Stick

    Clowning arts



  • Tuition FeesOpen or Close


    Diploma of Collegial Studies in Circus Arts (DEC 561.D0)
    Entrance Exam Participation Fee$50*
    Admission Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$315*
    Tuition fees (for Canadians, permanent residents or French students)$4,320 per year**
    Tuition fees for International students
    (with the exception of French students)
    $7,895 per year**

    *Fees subject to change.
    **Payable in two payments.


    Diploma of the National Circus School – DEE
    Entrance Exam Participation Fee$50*
    Admission Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$315*
    Tuition (payable in two equal payments)$7 895 per year**

    *Fees in Canadian dollars, subject to change.
    **Payable in equal payments. 

    Fees include free access to the sports therapy clinic if needed.

    Please see here the differences between DEC and DEE and the courses details.

    The National Circus School Foundation offers assistance to students who lack sufficient financial resources through its bursary program.


  • Student Services and Financial AssistanceOpen or Close

    Student services

    The School offers a range of services such as on campus housing, a library, a scholarship program, food services and health services. Find out more about student services.

    Financial Assistance

    College-level students who are Canadian citizens or who have permanent resident status in Canada are eligible for loan and bursary programs offered by the Ministry of Education of the province in which they officially reside.

    The National Circus School Foundation offers assistance to students who lack sufficient financial resources to pursue professional training at the School no matter what their citizenship. Find out more about the Foundation bursary program

  • Upgrade ProgramOpen or Close

    This program is aimed at the candidate whodemonstrates the potential to undertake advanced training but lacks the required physical or artistic skills.
    The Upgrade Program consists of skills and courses in basic circus techniques and disciplines. The student is able to participate in general training as well as the various courses specific to the higher education program. Conditional admission is granted for the period of one year, after which the student must re-take the Entrance Exam for final admission to the program.

  • Creation and Exploration WorkshopOpen or Close

    As a complement to the higher education programs, the School offers both its graduating and graduate students a chance to participate in a professional insertion workshop. Workshop participants receive a scholarship and present the result of their creation at the end of the 10 week session at Tohu.

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) 

2017 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)