National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

Address: Green St, Prahran, Victoria 3181

Phone: 03 9214 6975  |  Fax: 03 9214 6574  


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National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is a national not-for-profit organisation. Funded primarily by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, NICA is auspiced by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. As the only training institution of its kind in Australia, NICA provides professional training through a three year Bachelor of Circus Arts, preparing students from across Australia and the world for exciting careers in all facets of the circus industry. Competition for a place in the first year of the degree program is fierce and auditions are conducted in each state in October of each year.

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) offers short courses for children, teenagers and adults, and supports the circus industry with professional development and master classes. NICA also works with Australian Indigenous communities through outreach activities and partnerships. CircaNICA is NICA's commercial arm, operating as a production company and agency for circus artists and new circus works.

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) continually aspires to:
- Be a global centre of teaching excellence for professional training, innovation and creativity in cutting-edge, contemporary circus;
- Prepare Australian artists to meet the high market demand of the growing circus industry by creating employment in Australia and overseas;
- Create new circus works and stimulate performance opportunities through CircaNICA;
- Continue to bring circus to the community.

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