The Bachelor Diploma at the Academy of Circus and Performance Art enables its students to start a professional career in the artistic field of contemporary circus and in other related performing arts. It provides them with the aptitudes to meet the requirements of an incessantly evolving art on a professional level. This consists of mastering the common language, and the specific correlation between artistic processes and technical excellence. The academy aims to participate in the development and enrichment of contemporary circus art, as an important element of culture and society.

The international, highly competent educational team contributes to didactical and methodological research work and participates in setting ground-breaking and innovative standards in circus and performance art education.

The school is responsive to the particular connection between contemporary circus and other arts, and namely with Performance Art. Therefore, students are challenged with a learning environment that encourages experimentation and artistic research.

The Academy of Circus and Performance Art offers exceptional training facilities. In co-operation with six other art disciplines that are part of the School of Performing and Visual Arts, the Academy of Circus and Performance Art takes advantage of an exceptional learning environment, which is unique in The Netherlands.

Curriculum offered

Bachelor Diploma Circus Performer: four year full-time programme.


Selection criteria :

  • Educational requirements :

 All programs at the Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts have specific requirements regarding the previous education. The requirements are: HAVO or VWO or MBO (Level 4),  or an equivalent foreign diploma of (Higher) Secondary education. If the applicant has a foreign diploma, then this has to meet the Dutch standards. Fontys will check this for you.

  • Language requirements :

 The Circus program is officially in English.

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