Trainer in Circus Arts (NRC.09)

The goal of this program is to prepare trainers in circus arts. These trainers will contribute directly to the development of the circus arts professionals of the future by providing highest-quality instruction in techniques associated with the circus.

In addition to the recreation and social service sectors, educators may be employed in the professional preparatory education sector in circus arts, in primary or secondary-level schools, or in the area of continuing education of circus professionals.

This program is also available in French

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters. 

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    765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters.

    Course Calendar for 2019-2020

    Introduction to circus techniques (75 hours)

    Welcome Session : Monday, July 29, 2019
    Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday August 3, 2019
    Monday August 5 to Saturday* August 10, 2019
    Monday August 12 to Saturday* August 17, 2019
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    *Saturdays end at 12:30 p.m.

    Class management (45 hours)

    Monday, July 29 to Friday August 2, 2019
    Monday August 5 to Friday* August 9, 2019
    Monday August 12 to Saturday* August 17, 2019
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    *Saturdays end at 12:30 p.m.

    Circus as social action – Implementing activities (60 hours)

    Monday August 26 to Thursday August 29, 2019
    Saturday October 12 & Sunday October 13, 2019
    Saturday October 26 & Sunday October 27, 2019
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Physical and psychological development of the student (60 hours)

    Saturday October 19, 2019
    Saturday November 2, 2018-9
    Saturdays, February 15 & 22, 2019
    Saturdays March 7, 14 & 28, 2019
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Movement analysis (45 hours)

    Saturdays September 7 & 14, 2019 
    Saturday, October 5, 2019
    Saturdays November 8, 9, 16 & 23, 2019
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Advanced training in circus techniques (90 hours)

    Including 75 hours of in-class tutorial in at least two disciplines within DEC-DEE (college), CES (high school) and PFS (preparatory) programs. 
    On weekdays, between September 4 and December 7, 2019, supervised by a National Circus School teacher as tutor during the session.
    Saturdays September 21 & 28, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Acrobatic apparatus : set up and strike (90 hours)

    Sundays, February 12, 19 & 26 and March 2, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Supervising the creation and production of a performance (45 hours)

    Friday April 10 to Sunday April 12, 2020
    Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19, 2020
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Perfecting a circus technique (90 hours)

    90 hours of in- class tutorial in a speciality within DEC-DEE (college), CES (high school) and PFS (preparatory) programs. During weekdays, from Mondays to Fridays, from January 6 to April 10, 2020. Supervised by a National Circus School teacher as tutor during the session.

    Work Experience Internship (210 hours)

    The student will have one or more internship experiences in the workplace (210 hours) to complete before December 1st 2020.

    This training is available in French.

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    For the full program
    Admission Fee$30*  (non-refundable)
    Registration Fee$200*
    Incidental Fee$230*
    Tuition Fees 
    Canadians, French citizens as well as permanent residents
    $2, 775** 
    Tuition Fees
    International students (with the exception of French citizens)
    $4, 325** 
    Annual Insurance Fees
    International students (with the exception of French students)

    *Fees subject to change
    Payable in three payments

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    Student Services

    The School offers a range of student services such as on campus housing, a library, a bursary program, food services and health services. Find out more about student services.

    Financial Assistance

    Full time Canadian students or those who have permanent resident status in Canada are eligible for loan and bursary programs offered by the Ministry of Education of the province in which they officially reside.

    The National Circus School Foundation offers assistance to students who lack sufficient financial resources to pursue professional training at the School no matter what their citizenship. Find out more.

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    • High school diploma (DES) or equivalent
    • Has interrupted studies for at least one school year or has completed one year of post-secondary schooling
    • Has a functional knowledge of the French language, spoken and written
    • Practical experience in the fields of circus arts, sports, dance or theater would be an asset
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate

    Competency Exemption

    A candidate selected may receive credit for previous training or professional experience acquired, conditional upon providing proof. The applicant must also pass an examination to be exempted from any given course.

    Documents to enclose with admission application:

    • Onlinw Application Form completed (application opens on December 3rd 2019)
    • One passport-sized photograph (JPEG) 
    • A birth certificate with the name of the parents
    • The most recent report card of secondary-school grades or, if necessary, the official transcript from the Ministry of Education attesting that a high school diploma (DES) or trade school diploma (DEP) or the equivalent has been obtained
    • If relevant, the most recent transcript of college or university grades (courses completed or non-completed)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Any certificates or transcripts confirming participation in an artistic or sports-related pursuit, relevant to School requirements

    For more information on the admissions policy, see this document.

    Deadline to register for next session: April 15th, 2020.

    For any questions please contact the Registrar via [email protected] or (514) 982-0859 ext. 239.

Register for this program

Next school year: August 2020

Registration begins: 
December 3, 2019

Registration ends: 
April 15, 2020

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2019 session

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship).

Classes start from July 29, 2019 to April 19, 2020* (on some intensive weeks and weekends)

* In addition to a 210-hour-internship.

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