Trainer in Circus Arts (NRC.09)

The goal of this program is to prepare trainers in circus arts. These trainers will contribute directly to the development of the circus arts professionals of the future by providing highest-quality instruction in techniques associated with the circus.

In addition to the recreation and social service sectors, educators may be employed in the professional preparatory education sector in circus arts, in primary or secondary-level schools, or in the area of continuing education of circus professionals.

This program is only available in French

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters. 

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    765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters.

    Course Calendar for 2022-2023

    Introduction to circus techniques (75 hours)

    Class management (45 hours)

    Circus as social action – Implementing activities (60 hours)

    Physical and psychological development of the student (60 hours)

    Movement analysis (45 hours)

    Advanced training in circus techniques (90 hours)

    Acrobatic apparatus : set up and strike (90 hours)

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

    Perfecting a circus technique (90 hours)

    Work Experience Internship (210 hours)

    This training is only available in French.

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    For the full program
    Admission Fee$50*  (non-refundable)
    Registration Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$245*
    Tuition Fees 
    Canadians, French citizens as well as permanent residents
    $3, 500** 
    Tuition Fees
    International students (with the exception of French citizens)
    $5, 500** 
    Annual Insurance Fees
    International students (with the exception of French students)

    *Fees subject to change
    Payable in three 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 Aid

    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 
    • 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 only).


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

Register for this program

Registrations are closed!

Beginning of the semester: July 30, 2022


2022 session

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship).

Classes start from July 30, 2022 to December 17, 2022* (on some intensive weeks and weekends)

* In addition to a 210-hour-internship.

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