Introduction to rigging within circus - course

Introduction to rigging within circus - course

The course is aimed at those seeking to develop methods and practical applications for basic rigging techniques and various pieces of circus equipment, including risk analysis and safety. The purpose of this course is to lay the foundations for safe and sustainable circus rigging practice and production.

The course also includes working methods and tools for developing creative rigging ideas. The course includes placements with the Department of Circus’ study programmes, as well as study visits to various performing arts departments.

The course consists of three modules. The first module provides an introduction to basic rigging techniques and the use of various pieces of equipment and materials, as well as health and safety, risk analysis and solid mechanics. In the second module, we will study how circus rigging and artistic practice can be combined and developed in a safe, well-thought-out manner. Among other things, we will focus on how to use various pieces of equipment, perform risk analyses, and different working methods and materials. Students will be provided with the tools to develop their ideas for creative rigging. In the third module, we will practice rigging techniques and design for a circus production, including risk assessment and safety, in the form of an internal placement at the Department of Circus or an external placement with a circus production.

The point of departure will be the student’s individual experience of rigging.

Course director

Saar Rombout is the course director. Saar has rigged for companies like Cirkus Cirkör, Acrobatic Conundrum and Festival Circo Circolo. Her experience comes from a combination of sailing, circus rigging, entertainment rigging and stunt rigging. She is also a circus artist with her main specialities in Triple Cloudswing, Multicord and Vertical Dance. She is doing a research master in Contemporary Circus Practices, where she is developing many different rope installations. Exploring the interaction between a human and the ropes, and how different rope setup affect you each in their own way.

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  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies in the first cycle with the exemption of Swedish 1, 2 and 3 and English 6

    Specific entry requirement:

    - 60 credits from university studies in circus or stage technique 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

    Experience of rigging and circus, possible rigging courses or rigging experiences.

  • 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).

    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:

    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 an 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 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 do not have grades from upper secondary school/high school 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. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • At least 60 credits from university studies in circus or stage technique or the equivalent
    • If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    4. Letter of Motivation

    A letter of motivation where you describe your interest of working with rigging and circus and possible rigging experiences.

    5. CV

    Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

  • 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. 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 Introduction to rigging within circus is 264 000 SEK.

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