The Department of Circus offers a Bachelor Programme in Circus, a 3-year full time education that prepares a circus practitioner for the professional sector as well as continuation within the higher levels of academia. The aim is to provide the students with tools to develop their artistic practice on two levels: the ability to collaborate and create a personal expression within a common vision, and the ability to create acts/performances of their own. The programme includes courses such as circus discipline training, artistic processes, choreography, entrepreneurship. At DOCHs circus department tradition is challenged by innovation and experimentation. It is a meeting place for old and new concepts in art, pedagogy, science and technology. Popular traditions gain new meaning and new artistic visions develop to change our ideas about what is known.

The department also offers a 2-year Masters Programme in Contemporary Circus Practices, preparing a circus practitioner for research based studies at the PhD level.

In 2014 DOCH merged with University College of Opera and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) was established. Uniarts provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, film, media, opera and performing arts. With a unique composition of education and artistic research, Uniarts aims to create new opportunities for societal development and knowledge of tomorrow. With the flourishing environment for artistic research, Uniarts offers unique opportunities for deepening the study programmes and creating collaborative transdisciplinary projects.

Curriculum offered
  • Bachelor Programme in Circus, 3 years, 180 ECTS. A student who completes the programme will receive a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Circus. A Bachelor of Fine Arts qualifies the student to continue studies at second cycle level (studies at a master programme).
  • Master in Contemporary Circus Practices, 2 years - 120 ECTS. A student who completes the programme will receive a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. A Master of Fine Arts qualifies the student for artistic research programmes.

The Prerequisites for the Bachelor Programme and the Master Programme are stated on the respective web page.