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Bachelor of Circus and Performance Art

Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 31 March 2021

Program description

Bachelor of Circus and Performance Art

Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA)

Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA) of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts offers a four-year full-time study program with a pioneering, distinctive artistic shape. The international orientated study leads to an internationally recognized academic bachelor diploma of professional education as Circus performer and has a highly qualified team and a clear misson. We also offer exceptional training facilities.

Contemporary circus

Since more than two decades, circus revitalizes as an authentic art, which takes inspiration from other Performing and Fine Arts. At the same time, circus enriches these art forms and stimulates ground-breaking contemporary creation in performing arts. The term ‘contemporary circus’ includes not only the so-called ‘New Circus’ (which is often assimilated to circus theatre), but all present-day types of circus art. A professional circus performer is a highly-skilled artist, mastering one or two circus techniques at an exceptional level. In addition, he has extensive skills and knowledge in other art forms (dance, theatre, performance art, scenography, music) and is able to experiment, to mix up and to merge these art forms, and to give meaning to his performances. He masters techniques of creation and gives individual shape to his performances. He works either as a solo performer or as a member of a group. He is able to work both as interpreter and as author/creator. As an entrepreneur, he is able to manage his professional career, to promote himself and to position himself as an artist within society.


"We challenge you to develop your personal style as a circus artist and performance creator in collaboration with other (circus)art disciplines at Europe's best facilities."

  • Artistic vision of the academy supports an independent artist connected to the international working field
  • Develop your circus skills on a high professional level
  • Interdisciplinary projects

Admission requirements

Language requirements

The program of Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art is in English and a minimum English language proficiency is required. The English language proficiency must be proved by submitting an IELTS (minimum score 5,5) or TOEFL test result (minimum score TOEFL 525 / TOEFL comp 196 / TOEFL internet 70 / TOEIC 620 / Cambridge ESOL FCE-C). Students who cannot submit one of these tests will have to do a language test (interview with Head of Studies during the audition).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

The program comprises eight modules. Each module embraces a certain number of subjects which participate in an integrative and progressive way to the achievement of the educational aims. The modules are spread over the four years of study, according to the specific objectives of the different phases.


  • Circus techniques
  • Expression and interpretation
  • Basic body training
  • Theory and methods
  • Laboratory and research
  • Performances/productions
  • Career planning and management
  • Minor

Tuition fees

Statutory tuition fee for the academic year 2020/2021 will be:

  • EEA-students: EUR 2168,- (if applicable: reduced statutory tuition fees EUR 1084,-)
  • Non-EU/EEA students: EUR 10430,-

Statutory tuition fees for the next academic year will be published October.


The program aims to:

  • Educate you as a versatile, highly-skilled circus artist who will find employment as performer and creator in various branches of the professional field of contemporary circus and circus-related performing arts;
  • Develop your physical, technical and creative talent to the highest attainable level;
  • Give individual, distinct and clear-cut shape to your artistic profile;
    Stimulate both your aptitude and passion for individual and collective performance work and
  • Encourage and facilitate intensive contact with the professional field from the start of your study, so as to confront you with the reality and the actuality of the professional practice.

Continuing studies

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts offers two advanced Master's degrees that could help you taking your artistic research and personal development as a professional circus artist to the next level:

  • Master of Choreography
  • Master Performing Public Space

Career opportunities

A contemporary circus performer finds work in the field of circus, a large professional field that has evolved considerably, and that nowadays embraces various structures:

  • Circus
  • Variety shows
  • Street performances
  • Site-specific work
  • Circus theatre
  • Visual theatre
  • Amusement parks
  • Events

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Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts

Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts

Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts is the perfect place for those creative minds who want to turn the world around. Our institute is part of Fontys University of Applied Science and located in Tilburg, the Netherlands. A city...

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Fontys School of Fine & Performing Arts

Zwijsenstraat 11
5038 TZ Tilburg Noord-Brabant

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