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Combining circus arts and general education, our higher education program is aimed at individuals who aspire to a career as a professional circus artist. It is a three-year, full-time program offered in French that leads to a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS).

At the NCS, we rely on a teaching philosophy and structure that places the student at the heart of the learning process. This allows us to offer fully personalized training tailored to the needs and interests of the individual. This also allows each student to develop his or her full technical, physical and artistic potential. Our goal is to train highly qualified and versatile circus artists.

The student can choose between two profiles, depending on the number and families of disciplines mastered.

Specialist profile: specialization in one main discipline and training in a complementary discipline from the second year.

Generalist profile: training in two main disciplines and in a third complementary discipline from the second year.

Programs Who can register? Particularities
Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) in circus arts Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) in circus arts This program is accredited by the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec.

It provides a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

It can lead to permanent residency under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEW), subject to legal change.

Diploma of Studies from the School (DSS) in circus arts International Students The DEE is not sanctioned by the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec.

This program offers the same course grid as the DCS program, apart from philosophy and language classes.

It is possible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), although the DSS does not guarantee one.

 

Program structure
Admission
Tuition fees
Student services and Financial aid

School calendar

The schedule includes approximately 38 hours of theoretical and practical classes per week.

Session Dates
Fall 2022 August 30 t0 December 23, 2021
Winter 2023 January 6 to June 12, 2022

The school calendar is subject to change.

 

Some weekend activities, such as performances, require the presence of students.

In addition to the fall and winter sessions, first-year and DCS immersion students must attend the welcome session and the summer session on the dates indicated below.

Welcome Session August 9 to 20, 2021
Summer Session  July 2022

Class list

First year Second year Third year
Physical Activity and Efficiency* Floor Acrobatics 3 Anatomy 1 and 2
Health and Physical Activity* Physical Activity and Autonomy* French as a Second Language 1 and 2
Aerial Acrobatics Circus Arts Context and Influences Devising and Producing an Act 2 and 3 (Specialist profile)
Floor Acrobatics 1 and 2 Devising and Producing an Act 1 (Specialist profile) Dance 5
Dance 1 and 2 Dance 3 and 4 Career Management
Balancing 1 and 2 Flexibility 3 and 4** Performing an Act 2 and 3
Flexibility 1 and 2** English 3: Literary themes* Acting 5
English 1: Introduction to college English* English 4: English and Circus Arts* Music and Rhythm 1 and 2
English 2: Literary genres* Performing an Act 1 Psychological Preparation
Introduction to Circus Arts Acting 3 and 4 Physical Conditioning 5
Acting 1 and 2 Research Methodology Show Creation
Juggling and Manipulation Philosophy and Ethics* Show Production
Philosophy and Rationality* Physical Conditioning 3 and 4 Specialized and Complementary Techniques 3 and 4 (Specialist profile)
Philosophy: the Human Being* Specialized and Complementary Techniques 1 and 2 (Specialist profile) Principal and Complementary Techniques 5 and 6 (Generalist profile)
Physical Conditioning 1 and 2 Principal and Complementary Techniques 3 and 4 (Generalist profile) Staging
Health and Security Voice
Specialized Techniques 1 and 2 (Specialist profile)
Principal and Complementary Techniques 1 and 2 (Generalist profile)
Trampoline**

* This course is offered exclusively to students in the DCS program.

** This course is offered exclusively to students in the DSS program.

Please refer to the DCS and DSS programs’ presentation table to find out which one you are eligible for.

 

Tremplin DEC Program

Candidates with strong potential, but whose skills do not quite meet the eligibility criteria for higher education, may be offered our DCS Immersion program following the auditions. This one-year program offers refresher courses in basic techniques and the various circus disciplines. After conditional admission, the student will have to redo the auditions for higher education.

 

Disciplines offered

 Floor Acrobatics Aerial Acrobatics Balancing Juggling and Manipulation Clowning Art 
Russian Bar Aerial Rings Rolling Globe Antipodism Clowning Art
Chinese Hoops Russian Swing Ladder Flowerstick
Acrobatic Chair Aerial Cradle Balancing Cigar Boxes
Contortion Russian Cradle Tight Wire Diabolo
Icarian Games Aerial Hoop Slack Wire Juggling
Hand to Hand Swinging Hoop Unicycle
Chinese Pole Corde lisse German Wheel
Korean Board Cloud Swing Cyr Wheel
Teeterboard Trapeze Duo Acrobatic bike
Floor Acrobatics Research Aerial Straps
Trampoline Aerial Silks
Trampo-pole Swinging Trapeze
Dance Trapeze
Double Trapeze
Static Trapeze
 Washington Trapeze
Pendulum Mast
Aerial Acrobatics Research

If the discipline you are interested in is not listed in this table, you can still register for the program.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the program, the individual must:

  • Pass the Auditions
  • Have a sustained practice in circus arts, dance or any other relevant sport, acrobatic or artistic discipline
  • Have completed and successfully completed high school (diploma level)
  • Have a good knowledge of French or English (an upgrade in French offered by the NCS may be required if the mastery of French is insufficient)

 

Required documents

All documents submitted in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation.

Statut Required documents
Canadian student or permanent resident
  • Proof of provincial health insurance
  • ID photo on white background in JPEG format (portrait)
  • Photocopy of birth certificate with parents’ full names
  • Photocopy of the last report card obtained
  • Photocopy of any document attesting to the practice of a relevant artistic discipline or a competitive sport (optional)
  • Photocopy of both sides of the citizenship certificate for naturalized Canadians or permanent resident card
International student
  • ID photo on white background in JPEG format (portrait)
  • Photocopy of birth certificate with parents’ full names
  • Photocopy of the last report card obtained
  • Photocopy of any document attesting to the practice of a relevant artistic discipline or a competitive sport (optional)

Auditions

Registrations are open!

Admission

Deadline – Paris: December 15, 2022
Deadline – Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver: January 15, 2023

Submission of the audition video  
Deadline: December 15, 2022

Learn more

A $50 non-refundable fee is payable at the time of application for admission.

File opening fees $50
Registration fees $200
Yearly related fees* $345
Tuition fees* for Canadian students, permanent residents and French citizens $4,725
Tuition fees* for international students (except French citizens) $8,900
Insurance fees for international students (except French citizens) $875

* Payable in two instalments.

Fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Student services

These trainings give access to health services, to our cafeteria, to our specialized Library as well as to various cultural activities.

To learn more about our services, visit the Student Services page.

 

Financial aid

Individuals enrolled in one of our full-time programs and who are Canadian citizens may apply for financial assistance from their respective provincial ministry.

 

We also offer scholarships to students who do not have sufficient financial resources to follow our professional training, regardless of their status. Find out more about the National Circus School Foundation’s scholarship program, thanks to which we support the next generation of circus artists.

Program structure

School calendar

The schedule includes approximately 38 hours of theoretical and practical classes per week.

Session Dates
Fall 2022 August 30 t0 December 23, 2021
Winter 2023 January 6 to June 12, 2022

The school calendar is subject to change.

 

Some weekend activities, such as performances, require the presence of students.

In addition to the fall and winter sessions, first-year and DCS immersion students must attend the welcome session and the summer session on the dates indicated below.

Welcome Session August 9 to 20, 2021
Summer Session  July 2022

Class list

First year Second year Third year
Physical Activity and Efficiency* Floor Acrobatics 3 Anatomy 1 and 2
Health and Physical Activity* Physical Activity and Autonomy* French as a Second Language 1 and 2
Aerial Acrobatics Circus Arts Context and Influences Devising and Producing an Act 2 and 3 (Specialist profile)
Floor Acrobatics 1 and 2 Devising and Producing an Act 1 (Specialist profile) Dance 5
Dance 1 and 2 Dance 3 and 4 Career Management
Balancing 1 and 2 Flexibility 3 and 4** Performing an Act 2 and 3
Flexibility 1 and 2** English 3: Literary themes* Acting 5
English 1: Introduction to college English* English 4: English and Circus Arts* Music and Rhythm 1 and 2
English 2: Literary genres* Performing an Act 1 Psychological Preparation
Introduction to Circus Arts Acting 3 and 4 Physical Conditioning 5
Acting 1 and 2 Research Methodology Show Creation
Juggling and Manipulation Philosophy and Ethics* Show Production
Philosophy and Rationality* Physical Conditioning 3 and 4 Specialized and Complementary Techniques 3 and 4 (Specialist profile)
Philosophy: the Human Being* Specialized and Complementary Techniques 1 and 2 (Specialist profile) Principal and Complementary Techniques 5 and 6 (Generalist profile)
Physical Conditioning 1 and 2 Principal and Complementary Techniques 3 and 4 (Generalist profile) Staging
Health and Security Voice
Specialized Techniques 1 and 2 (Specialist profile)
Principal and Complementary Techniques 1 and 2 (Generalist profile)
Trampoline**

* This course is offered exclusively to students in the DCS program.

** This course is offered exclusively to students in the DSS program.

Please refer to the DCS and DSS programs’ presentation table to find out which one you are eligible for.

 

Tremplin DEC Program

Candidates with strong potential, but whose skills do not quite meet the eligibility criteria for higher education, may be offered our DCS Immersion program following the auditions. This one-year program offers refresher courses in basic techniques and the various circus disciplines. After conditional admission, the student will have to redo the auditions for higher education.

 

Disciplines offered

 Floor Acrobatics Aerial Acrobatics Balancing Juggling and Manipulation Clowning Art 
Russian Bar Aerial Rings Rolling Globe Antipodism Clowning Art
Chinese Hoops Russian Swing Ladder Flowerstick
Acrobatic Chair Aerial Cradle Balancing Cigar Boxes
Contortion Russian Cradle Tight Wire Diabolo
Icarian Games Aerial Hoop Slack Wire Juggling
Hand to Hand Swinging Hoop Unicycle
Chinese Pole Corde lisse German Wheel
Korean Board Cloud Swing Cyr Wheel
Teeterboard Trapeze Duo Acrobatic bike
Floor Acrobatics Research Aerial Straps
Trampoline Aerial Silks
Trampo-pole Swinging Trapeze
Dance Trapeze
Double Trapeze
Static Trapeze
 Washington Trapeze
Pendulum Mast
Aerial Acrobatics Research

If the discipline you are interested in is not listed in this table, you can still register for the program.

Admission

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the program, the individual must:

  • Pass the Auditions
  • Have a sustained practice in circus arts, dance or any other relevant sport, acrobatic or artistic discipline
  • Have completed and successfully completed high school (diploma level)
  • Have a good knowledge of French or English (an upgrade in French offered by the NCS may be required if the mastery of French is insufficient)

 

Required documents

All documents submitted in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation.

Statut Required documents
Canadian student or permanent resident
  • Proof of provincial health insurance
  • ID photo on white background in JPEG format (portrait)
  • Photocopy of birth certificate with parents’ full names
  • Photocopy of the last report card obtained
  • Photocopy of any document attesting to the practice of a relevant artistic discipline or a competitive sport (optional)
  • Photocopy of both sides of the citizenship certificate for naturalized Canadians or permanent resident card
International student
  • ID photo on white background in JPEG format (portrait)
  • Photocopy of birth certificate with parents’ full names
  • Photocopy of the last report card obtained
  • Photocopy of any document attesting to the practice of a relevant artistic discipline or a competitive sport (optional)

Auditions

Registrations are open!

Admission

Deadline – Paris: December 15, 2022
Deadline – Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver: January 15, 2023

Submission of the audition video  
Deadline: December 15, 2022

Learn more

A $50 non-refundable fee is payable at the time of application for admission.

Tuition fees

File opening fees $50
Registration fees $200
Yearly related fees* $345
Tuition fees* for Canadian students, permanent residents and French citizens $4,725
Tuition fees* for international students (except French citizens) $8,900
Insurance fees for international students (except French citizens) $875

* Payable in two instalments.

Fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Student services and Financial aid

Student services

These trainings give access to health services, to our cafeteria, to our specialized Library as well as to various cultural activities.

To learn more about our services, visit the Student Services page.

 

Financial aid

Individuals enrolled in one of our full-time programs and who are Canadian citizens may apply for financial assistance from their respective provincial ministry.

 

We also offer scholarships to students who do not have sufficient financial resources to follow our professional training, regardless of their status. Find out more about the National Circus School Foundation’s scholarship program, thanks to which we support the next generation of circus artists.

Find out more about the unique experience, learning environment and training that the National Circus School has been renowned for over 40 years.

Questions?

You can consult our FAQ or contact us by email at [email protected].