Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline I - course

Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline I - course

This course is for you want to develop further artistically in your chosen circus discipline.


This course aims to facilitate a deeper consciousness and broadening of your own creative methods and processes.

You will meet various “impulse givers” almost every week for one or two sessions that will talk about and work with, their own methods and practices with you and the other students. These sessions will sometimes be more theoretical and sometimes more physical. It will be your responsibility to take what you feel is relevant from these sessions into your own work.

A vital part of the course is for you students to “feed” off each other’s knowledge and enter into the spirit of sharing.

A teacher will be available as a mentor for each student. You will work and train independently and take part in artistic supervision with a teacher. Within the framework of presentations and group discussions, you get the possibility to develop your ability to provide constructive feedback to others in the context of artistic processes.

The course is divided into two modules. In the first module, you work out the theme, aim and method for your artistic development work and in the second module you carry out and present the work

You apply with the circus discipline of your own choice. In the selection process, pedagogical and space resources will be considered.

Course director

Benjamin Richter, artist and director from Berlin. Since 1995 he has worked as a director and mentor to circus artists, dancers, actors, musicians and other performers. He supports professional artists with technique, choreography and artistic research. Benjamin has been awarded prizes for several of his productions. As an artist he has toured all over the world with Gandini Juggling and his own company Taktil.

Read more about Benjamin Richter here.

Photo: Einar Kling-Odencrants

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    The course contains workshops, seminars, discipline training, feedback from an outside eye and independent work.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies on the first-cycle level in higher education with the exception for Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6.
    Specific entry requirements:

    • At least 120 credits within the main field of study Circus or the equivalent.

    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 be technically skilled within the circus discipline you apply with, and want to develop technically as well as artistically within the field of circus.

    The course also requires you to work both independently and in a group setting.

  • 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 needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    How to apply:

    Please note! Read all the instructions below before you submit your application

    1. Apply to the course via
      Last day for application: 17 October 2022 

    Last day to submit worksample to be part of the selection: 1 November 2022

    Submit supporting documentation of previous studies via
    Check that your documentation of previous studies is submitted at If you can’t see your documents on “My pages”, then you need to submit them there: pages/Documents/Upload documents.

    Last day to submit supporting documentation of previous studies: 1 November 2022


    Other important dates

    • 1 November 2022 – Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees (read more under Application and tuition fees below)
    • 9 December 2022 – Admission results published on “My pages” on
    • 19 December 2022 - Last day to reply to possible course offer


    Instructions for worksamples

    You need to submit the following work samples via Varbi in order to be part of the selection to this course:

    • Letter of motivation A short text - max 3000 characters including blanks - where you answer the following three questions:
    1. Why do you want to be on the course/what are your expectations? 
    2. How do you wish to develop yourself artistically within your discipline?
    3. What are your technical requirements and/or rigging needs?
    • Your cv List your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.3
    • Video clip A video where you show your skills and creativity in your chosen circus discipline. Max 3 minutes and 150 Mbit. Use Mp4, mov or avi.

    Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.

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

    1. Register by providing name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in you contact information.
    3. Please note! Fill in the application number you received when submitting your application to the course via
    4. Submit the requested documents/files.
    5. Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    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.

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

  • When you have applied

    If there are more qualified applicants than places, a selection is done. The selection is based on the submitted material. In the selection process, pedagogical and space resources will be considered.


  • 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 forpaying the tuition 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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 267 000 SEK.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.