Circus - Bachelor

Circus - Bachelor

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

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2021 Auditions for the Circus Department at the Stockholm University of the Arts will be entirely online. Below, you who wish to apply will find detailed information about the application process and required documents and recordings.

The Bachelor's Degree in Circus

Contemporary circus is performed in many different forms and for many different audiences. Our graduates can be found working as freelancers and in established companies, creating their own companies, and taking part in festivals and events. Through their artistic approach, they have expanded where and how circus is presented.

As a soloist or in an ensemble, circus artists often collaborate with other art forms, working both nationally and internationally. 

A Bachelor's Degree in Circus provides our students with an in-depth artistic focus on circus and culture over three years. With the Bachelor's Degree, former students have also gone on to work in artistic research and pursued graduate education (masters, doctorate).

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Circus you develop tools for your artistic practice and learn to work independently and with collective creation.

The programme contains courses in circus discipline training, artistic processes, and sustainable circus arts careers. As a student, you will work with performance, interpretation, improvisation and audience relationships.

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 can relate your own circus practices to a historical, artistic and socio-political 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

    From the start, you will present 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 for all three years.

    In the third year, you will do an independent 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, parkour, gymnastics, other movement techniques or other performing or visual arts. 

    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

    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. Keep in mind that 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)

    If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Applicants from all other countries need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and, if admitted a tuition fee. 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 the 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/high school you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    Documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English are accepted. 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

    For more information about the application requirements, please download the Checklist and Application Guide.

    Circus Discipline

    You apply to the Bachelor's Programme in Circus with one circus discipline. In the webform please clearly state with which discipline you are applying. If you work with a duo/group discipline please include a second discipline of your own. If your partner/s are also applying to this 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 (1-2 pages in English) and answer the following questions:

    • Why are you applying to this programme?
    • What are your goals with circus?
    • What inspires you with circus art?

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


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


    You must upload three (3) films with your application. Maximum size for each films is 150mb. Cell phone footage should be recorded in ‘Landscape.’ All three vidoes must be uploaded by the application deadline, January 15th 23:59 (Swedish time).

    Information about how to reduce the file size of the movies can be found here.

    1.  Video #1: CDT (Circus Discipline technique) 3-4 minutes

    • 30 - 60 seconds: a short presentation of yourself. If you work with a duo/group discipline, clearly explain how we can identify you on the video.
    • 2-3 minutes: clearly visible skills in primary discipline such as training sequences, strength and/or flexibility related to discipline, sequences from rehearsal or performance.
    • Only this video is used in selection 1. Videos #2 and #3 will only be watched for applicants that have proceeded to Selection 2.
    1. Video #2: CA (Circus Act) 4-6 minutes

    • 4-6 minutes: A circus act in the circus discipline with which you are applying.
    • ​The act should be filmed without cuts. Make sure that we can see you clearly in the film.
    • If you work with a duo/group discipline, clearly explain how we can identify you on the video. 
    1. Video #3: AI (Artistic and Individual aims and interests) 2-4 minutes
    • 2-4 minutes: additional skills and interests.
    • Examples: other circus skills, skills in other arts domains (dance, theatre, visual arts, music), interests and inspirations.

    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.

    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

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

  • When you have applied

    The selection of candidates will be carried out in several steps. The assessment will be made by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the relevant field. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not vote in the assessment. After each step a decision will be made regarding which candidates will proceed to the next step. Every candidate will receive notification of whether they have proceeded to the next part of the process or not.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection tests

  • 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. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date for paying the application fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application. Read more here.

    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 SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.


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