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The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia’s centre of excellence in contemporary circus.
Under the auspices of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, NICA is the only government- funded institution that provides accredited training in contemporary circus arts in Australia.
Each year over 60 young people apply to study at NICA’s custom-built and award- winning facility.
NICA’s captivating performances provide accessible entertainment of the highest calibre and consistently appeal to a large number of general public audiences.
NICA is supported by the Australian Government through the Federal Office of the Arts and is one of the eight members of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence (Arts8), providing unique and high-level training for emerging artists.
NICA artists have performed in the opening and closing Commonwealth Games ceremonies and have won awards for Australia in prestigious international festivals in Wuhan (China), Paris and Moscow.
Graduates and selected professionals are represented by NICA Represents, Australia’s leading agency for professional circus performers. Graduates are employed by major circuses both internationally and within Australia. A number of graduates form their own new innovative circus companies.
Other courses offered by NICA include a range of recreational Short Courses and school holiday programs.
NICA has Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) and donations to NICA are tax deductible.
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10824NAT Certificate IV in Circus Arts: provides an introductory experience into high performance circus arts training, and will equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter preliminary level circus and physical theatre, and to audition for the Bachelor of Circus Arts.
Entry into NICA requires an application via Swinburne University of Technology page - followed by audition, interview and medical assessment.
Auditions are held in September and October for the following school year. Applications forms, dates and venues details are available on NICA website. Applicants who cannot travel to audition venues can apply by online video audition.
NICA has an Audition Skills Guide video to help future students to apply and audition for 2024 entry into Certificate IV in Circus Arts.
Further information can be found via:
Director: Simona Jobbagy
National Institute for Circus Arts – NICA
39-59 Green Street
Prahran VIC 3181
Connecting circus students around the world
Founded in 2001
FEDEC member since 2007