Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline 2 - course

Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline 2 - course

This course is for you who want to further develop 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 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.

During the course, you 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 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 discipline of your own choice​:

We will prioritise the applications according to pedagogical and space resources

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 professionall 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.

Find more courses in Circus here.

Read more about Benjamin Richter here.

Photo: Joel Roxendal 

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    The course starts 8 February 2021 and ends 28 May 2021. The course content is workshops, seminars, discipline training, feedback from an outside eye and own work.

    The course autumn 2020 starts 31 August 2020 and ends 11 December 2020.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for education on the first cycle level. with the exception of Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6

    Specific Entry Requirements

    • Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline 1 or the equivalent and
    • At least 120 credits within the main field of study Circus or
    • At least 2 years experience as a circus artist within at least one of the mentioned circus disciplines

    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 one or more circus disciplines 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 settings.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-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. Keep in mind that your application needs 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.
    • 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.

    • 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.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  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.

    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 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


    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline1
    • At least 120 credits within the main field of study Circus  or
    • At least 2 years’ experience as a circus artist within at least one of the mentioned circus disciplines

    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation and your technical requirements and/or rigging needs.
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.
    • Film - upload a film of max three minutes/150mb showing your skills in your chosen discipline.

    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

    If there are more qualified applicants than places a selection is done. The selection is based on the applicant's qualifications from higher education and work experience.

  • 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 course Artistic Development within the Circus Discipline 3 is 174 000 SEK

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