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Circus, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Rotterdam, Netherlands
You want to reach the top of circus. You are looking for an inspiring, international setting to bring out your talent as a performer and to develop your authentic and artistic identity. The Circus program of Codarts Rotterdam offers that setting.
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Overview

At the Circus program from Codarts Rotterdam you study a wide range of circus disciplines. From acrobatics to juggling and aerials. You also choose a specialisation in which you wish to excel. You learn how to integrate various art forms in your performance: music, dance and theatre.

Each year you perform before an audience. You can do an internship either here or abroad. At the end of your studies you leave Codarts as a broadly trained artist who can design and perform the greatest acts, both individually and as a team member. During your studies you make good connections which enable you to find work in a varied workfield.

Year 1

In the first year the focus is on improving your technical and performing skills.

  • You will be prepared to take a wide range of subjects in circus techniques and learn about the various circus disciplines.
  • The programme includes: circus history, health and anatomy, cultural philosophy, dance, theatre, ballet training, music and physical preparation.
  • As of the second semester you concentrate on your chosen specialisation. But you also continue taking classes in the various circus disciplines.
  • You create a group production with other students, supervised by a choreographer (Circus from Dance).
  • You design and perform a solo act or a duet.

Year 2

The second year marks the start of the main phase. You focus on deepening your specialisation and your profession as a performer.

  • You take intensive specialisation classes in small groups.
  • You create a solo act, which you perform before an audience.
  • You continue with the art classes from year one (dance/theatre/music) and a number of theoretical classes. You start with Laban movement analysis.
  • You continue with classes like health, safety, food, training and rigging.
  • You take part in a group production about circus based on theatre.

Year 3

In the third year, your independence as a circus performer becomes more important.

  • You take intensive specialisation classes in small groups.
  • You can do an internship with a company in the Netherlands or abroad, for at least three weeks.
  • You take classes in entrepreneurship to learn about production, marketing/PR and financial management.
  • You create one solo piece and one duet. For the duet you collaborate with a fellow third-year student from another specialisation.
  • Together with a coach you develop your own training programme. By now you know what the best warming up is for you.
  • You make a production, supervised by a circus maker/director.

Year 4

The final year is your graduation year, with the following highlights:

  • Your specialisation: with a coach chosen by you you will optimise your individual act.
  • You take classes in the fields of music, light, sound, production, costumes and styling. You use this knowledge in making performances.
  • You write a graduation paper, demonstrating that you have analytic research skills. You are capable of presenting a convincing and appealing performance and you have a well-considered view of the profession.
  • You graduate with an individual act and a group production supervised by a renowned circus maker. You perform these in one of the larger theatres in Rotterdam.

After graduation

After graduating you can start a career as an independent circus artist or as a member of a collective. Many of Codarts’ alumni have landed positions with professional companies, including Seven Fingers (Canada), Cirque Eloise, XY, Panama Pictures, Grensgeval, Freiwalds Menagerie Circus, Gandini Juggling, Corpus Acrobatics, the Dutch Opera and Freiwalds Menagerie Circus and various circus companies and vaudeville shows in Germany and Switzerland.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

In the first year the focus is on improving your technical and performing skills.

  • You will be prepared to take a wide range of subjects in circus techniques and learn about the various circus disciplines.
  • The programme includes: circus history, health and anatomy, cultural philosophy, dance, theatre, ballet training, music and physical preparation.
  • As of the second semester you concentrate on your chosen specialisation. But you also continue taking classes in the various circus disciplines.
  • You create a group production with other students, supervised by a choreographer (Circus from Dance).
  • You design and perform a solo act or a duet.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.
  • The entrance examination consists of a pre-audition and final selection. Throughout the entrance examination you will be observed to see if you possess the necessary talent to successfully complete the study course. You will be judged according to a number of criteria. Required competencies include artistic expression, technical circus skill, physical possibilities, stamina, ability to improvise, team spirit, and learning ability. It is important that you are physically fit.

Tuition Fee

  • Statutory Tuition Fee: 2,083 EUR
  • Institutional Tuiton Fee: 6,705 EUR

Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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