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The only one of its kind in France, the higher circus arts course at the Académie Fratellini is based on an educational programme – combining group teaching and personalised technical learning – which alternates between periods of training (60%) and work placement (40%).
Throughout their 3-year course, our young aspiring artists become initiated into the profession by performing within the Académie – in shows and events – or outside in a wide variety of projects (circus, theatre, dance, opera…) led by arts partner teams.
Each students’ project is examined in terms of its educational advantage to the apprentice(s) concerned. These apprentices can then be sent to work with an arts partner team for anything between a few days to several weeks, depending on the nature of the project.
In this way, apprentices can become involved in projects covering all artistic disciplines and perform as a group or individually in performing arts shows in France and abroad.
Higher National Vocational Diploma for Circus Artists (DNSP), Level II diploma (High School Diploma + 3 years’ higher education) approved by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and in partnership with the University of Paris 8, Theatre and Performance Bachelor of Arts.
As defined in the authorisation to award the DNSP for Circus Artists, apprentices qualify for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance at the end of their course at the University of Paris 8, opening up the opportunity to continue with a Master’s degree after their training at the Académie Fratellini.
Three year full-time course (3350 hours) alternating between training (60%) and work (40%). Recruited candidates are paid under apprenticeship status.
Diploma level: 1st cycle, Level II (RNCP – French National Register of Professional Certifications). It corresponds to 180 ECTS.
This programme prepares trainees for admission into a graduate school, either the Académie Fratellini or another Circus Arts graduate school. At the end of the programme, trainees who successfully audition at the Académie Fratellini join the CFA Circus Arts centre in Year 1 and sign an apprenticeship contract.
The trainees follow an 8-month programme which includes classes in physical fitness, acrobatics, balancing, acting and movement as well as classes in their specialism. A maximum of 30% of their training time is spent training in the workplace.
The entrance examination involves a 2-stage process:
Auditions will include:
September - July
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93210 Saint Denis La Plaine, France