The goal of this program is to educate circus arts instructors. These instructors will be qualified to provide an initiation to various circus disciplines in the context of recreational activity. These instructors may also serve as educators in the social services arena, introducing young people at risk to the circus arts.

Circus arts instructors are able to find employment in many areas. These include: schools devoted to circus arts as recreational activity, municipal recreational facilities, day or vacation camps, or resorts that offer leisure activities. Instructors may also be called upon to animate after-school programs in educational facilities. Community and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which may also incorporate these arts as a form of social education, have occasion to call upon the services of circus arts instructors.

Upon graduating from the School, instructors may further their professional development by enrolling in the Trainer in Circus Arts program (AEC-NCR.09), receiving credit for the first 5 courses.

The program requires 360 hours (270 course hours and 90 in work internship), which are offered full-time over two semesters. 

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    The program requires 360 hours (270 course hours and 90 in work internship), which are offered full-time over two semesters. 

    Course Calendar

    Introduction to circus techniques 

    Monday August 1 to Saturday August 6, 2016 
    Monday August 8 to Sunday August 14, 2016

    Welcome/Reunion : Monday August 1, 2016 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Class management

    Monday August 1, 2016 - 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Monday August 15 to Friday August 19, 2016 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Friday October 7, 2016 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    Thursday December 1, 2016 - 1:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Circus as social action – Implementing activities

    Monday August 22 to Thursday August 25, 2016
    Fridays October 21 and 28, 2016
    Sundays October 23 and 30, 2016
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Acrobatic apparatus : set up and strike 

    Sundays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 and February 5 & 12, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Supervising the creation and production of a performance

    Friday April 7 to Sunday April 9, 2017
    Friday April 14 to Sunday April 16, 2017
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Work experience internship (90 hours)

    Internship to be completed via teaching in the Recreational Program of the National Circus School, under the supervision of the coordinator of the Recreational Program.

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    Admission Fee$30 (none refundable)
    Registration Fee$130
    Incidental Fee$178
    Tuition Fees$1, 395 Canadian (can be paid in 2 equal payments)
    $2, 225 Foreigners  (can be paid in 2 equal payments)

    *Fees in Canadian dollars, subject to change

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    Student Services

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

    Financial Assistance

    Full time Canadian students or those 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.

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    • High school diploma (DES) or equivalent
    • Has interrupted studies for at least one school year or has completed one year of post-secondary schooling
    • Has a functional knowledge of the French language, spoken and written
    • Practical experience in the fields of circus arts, sports, dance or theater would be an asset
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate

    Competency Exemption

    A candidate selected may receive credit for previous training or professional experience acquired, conditional upon providing proof. The applicant must also pass an examination to be exempted from any given course.

    Documents to enclose with admission application:

    • Application Form, completed 
    • One passport-sized photograph (JPEG) 
    • A birth certificate with the name of the parents
    • The most recent report card of secondary-school grades or, if necessary, the official transcript from the Ministry of Education attesting that a high school diploma (DES) or trade school diploma (DEP) or the equivalent has been obtained
    • If relevant, the most recent transcript of college or university grades (courses completed or non-completed)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Any certificates or transcripts confirming participation in an artistic or sports-related pursuit, relevant to School requirements

    For more information on the admissions policy, see this document.

    Deadline to register for the 2017 fall semester: May 25, 2017.

    For any questions please contact the Registrar via or (514) 982-0859 ext. 239.

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Next school year begins :
August 2018

Registration deadline :
April 15 2018