Instructor in Circus Arts (NRC.08)

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.

This training is only available in French.

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 over the course of the year during intensive weekdays and weekends.

    Course Calendar for 2021-2022

    Introduction to circus techniques (75 hours)

    Welcome Session : Monday, July 26, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

    Tuesday, July 27 to Saturday July 31, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Monday August 02 to Saturday* August 07, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday August 09 to Saturday* August 14, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    *Saturdays ends at 12:30 a.m.

    Class management (45 hours)

    Tuesday, July 27 to Friday July 30, 2021
    Monday August 03 to Friday August 06, 2021
    Monday August 10 to Friday August 13, 2021
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Circus as social action – Implementing activities (60 hours)

    Monday August 23 to Thursday August 26, 2021
    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, 2021
    Saturday 02 and Sunday 03 October, 2021
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Acrobatic apparatus : set up and strike (45 hours)

    Sundays January 09, 16, 23 and 30, February 06 and 27, 2022
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Supervising the creation and production of a performance (45 hours)

    Friday 08, Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 April 2022
    Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2022
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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.

    This training is only available in French.

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    For the full program
    Admission Fee$55* (non refundable)
    Registration Fee$135*
    Incidental Fee$235**
    Tuition Fees
     Canadians as well as French citizens and permanent residents
    $1, 500 per year**
    Tuition Fees
    International students (with the exception of French citizens)
    $2, 400 per year**
    Insurance fees for International students
    International students (with the exception of French students)
    $850 per year*

    *Fees in Canadian dollars, subject to change
    ** Payable in two payments

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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:

    • Online Application Form completed (application open on December 3rd 2019)
    • 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 (in French).


    Deadline to register for the 2017 fall semester: May 16, 2021.

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

Register for this program

Registrations are closed.

2020 session

The program requires 360 hours (270 course hours and 90 in work internship).

Classes start from July 26, 2020 to April 24, 2021* (on some intensive weeks and weekends)

* In addition to a 90-hour-internship to be scheduled at the National Circus School.

Course calendar

Also available online: E-Learning version

Next session : Fall 2021

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