Salpaus Circus Artist Education is the only vocational degree circus school in Finland. It was founded in 1998 to be one of the tens of educations offered by the Salpaus Further Education (earlier Lahti Hands and Crafts College). In 2006, it reached its current status as a governmentally funded professional education.

The goals of the education are to help their students to become unique, creative, versatile and technically highly skilled artist with a professional attitude. A healthy ratio in humbleness, respect and self-esteem are valued highly in the education. One of the sources of success in the daily work is the utilization of the power of a group aiming towards mutual goals.

The home of SaSak is the Salpaus Circus Center located next to the city center of Lahti. Renovation of the premises during the summer 2019 will add 3rdtraining studio as well as improved social welfare facilities. Circus Center enables the training of almost all circus disciplines. The structure and the technical equipment available is offers the students the possibilities to create shows and perform in a professional environment. One of the annual events in Circus Center is a unique student produced Kukko Festival which brings together audience, students and the graduates of SaSak.

Curriculum offered

Vocational qualification in circus arts (3-years).


Terms of application:

  • Foreign applicants are required to have upper secondary school diploma or a specific selection of corresponding level of courses completed.
  • Application window will be open in February and March in the year of selection.
  • It is possible to become a SaSak student only by participating the audition.