Circus - Bachelor

Circus - Bachelor

The Bachelor’s Programme in Circus is for you who wants to work as artists within the field of contemporary circus. As a student you will work with artistic expression within the many different forms of circus art. You will get the opportunity to develop your own discipline and explore your personal artistic language.

Working with contemporary circus includes many possibilities. Contemporary circus can be presented in many different forms and arenas. Our previous students work as freelancers, in companies, form their own companies, take part in festivals and events and have expanded the boundaries for where and how you can present circus skills. Circus artists work in different genres and many create collaborations with other art forms.  There is freedom to work both nationally and internationally, as a soloist or in an ensemble. A Bachelor's Degree in circus gives you the possibility to study at an advanced level, for instance at a master programme.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Circus you develop tools for your artistic practice both to be able to take part in collective processes and to be able to work on your own and create your own projects.

The programme contains courses in circus discipline training, artistic processes and how to create a sustainable career as a circus artist. As a student you will work with performance, interpretation, improvisation and how to face/approach the audience. The different aspects of creative stage work will be deepened as you continuously explore, create, practice and present artistic projects in different formats. Another important part is safety for both physical training and rigging.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Circus there are also courses where you as a student can relate your own practice within circus to a historic, artistic and social contexts.

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    The programme consists of three main areas:

    • Circus discipline training, different movement techniques as well as stage performance forms and techniques
    • Theoretical courses about the history of culture, history of circus, health and mental training, rigging and safety
    • Courses focusing on creative and artistic work

    Right from the start you will be presenting your work and develop the ability to perform for different types of audiences. This will take the form of recurrent presentations and performances within the courses during all three years. In the third year you will do an independant exam work in the autumn, and in the spring you will present, together with the other students, "Closing Acts".

  • Entry requirements

    You need to fulfil general entry requirements for university studies with the exception of Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6 (courses in the Swedish upper secondary/high school system). The language of instruction is English so you don’t need any knowledge of Swedish. You do need English 5 or the equivalent level of English language skills.



    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    You need to have prior knowledge of a circus discipline in order to be admitted to the Bachelors Programme in Circus. It is also an advantage if you have an interest in visual and dramaturgical communication and like performing on stage. Perhaps you have been active in dance, parcour, gymnastics or other movement techniques. You like to create and to train physically. You have the ability to work both independently and in a group and you are keen to learn about the opportunities available within the field of circus.

  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format unless speciafied otherwise
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    2. Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle

    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you study in the  last year in upper secondary school/high school you must upload a certificate on your current studies.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/highschool you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates

    3. Specific documentation needed for the programme

    • Circus Discipline

    You apply to the Bacehlor Programme in Circus with one circus discipline. In the webform you must state which discipline you apply with. If you work with a duo/group discipline you should also state a second discipline of your own. If your partner/s apply as well to the programme please state their names. If the Department of Circus does not offer your discipline/s we will contact you.

    • Letter of Motivation

    Write a short letter and answer the following questions:

    • Why do you apply to the programme?
    • What are your goals with the education?

    You can also write if you have any other interests that are useful for your work as a circus artist.

    The Letter of motivation needs to be in English only

    • CV

     Upload your CV. The CV needs to be in English only.

    • Film

    You must upload a film that is max 5 minutes long. It should contain:

    • A short presentation of yourself, max half a minute. Do you work with a duo/group discipline? Tell us how we can identify you on the video
    • A circus act, in the circus discipline you apply to, that is between 3 - 4,5 minutes

    The act should be filmed without cuts. Make sure that we can see you clearly in the film.


    Applying for recognition of prior learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the first term is 231 400  SEK  and for the whole programme 1 388 400 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how you pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.


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