The course examines the history of circus in relation to other performance such as theatre and dance; it considers the processes and practitioners that inform a contemporary approach to performance making in broad terms and especially circus; it develops your physical and performance skills to professional pitch; and it engages you always with the ideas and concepts of physical performance, and creative process of making work.
The course’s professionally experienced staff foster creative approaches to performance making and encourage the development of entrepreneurism to create work, not just seek it! Circomedia;s excellent teaching reputation guarantees rigorous practical training, balanced with research and analytical skills. Many industry links with companies- such as Ockham’s Razor and Cirque Bijou- embed industry practice and standards in all classes.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
Entry to the third year of study is normally restricted to applicants who have completed Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree in full. In the event of insufficient places being available to accommodate all Foundation Degree students who wish to progress, there will be a selection process based on achievement during the Foundation Degree, supplemented by audition and interview as appropriate, and will be subject to satisfactory academic references.
Applicants with a qualification from a similar institution may also be considered however not all those who have done so will be suitable for this higher level course and therefore there is a selection process.
The third year of your studies on the BA (hons) Contemporary Circus with Physical Performance is the year that enables you to synthesise and apply your learning to date at a deeper level. You will create a portfolio of work that has certain professional markets in mind and you will critically evaluate your work within this context. Year 3 (or Level 6) also places you in a professional environment where you work on a production that goes outside of the school that prepares you for life in the professional world.
Your training in devising and creativity intensifies with the introduction of the performance lab, an environment that emphasizes the processes of making work over the end product and holistically integrates your technical training and conditioning practice. This practice-as-research model is then applied to your final dissertation module where you are challenged to make a major piece of work for performance, document the process, write an extended critical commentary of the work and your process and speak about this in a viva.
Circomedia has a high success rate of individuals finding professional work. Circomedia runs an agency which employs a high proportion of ex-students both as performers and as workshop leaders. Students have gone on to work solo, set up their own schools and companies, perform on TV and film as well as teaching.
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