Full Time Intensive 4 month Course in Circus Arts

This course is a professional development 4 month, full-time, intensive training course for people over 16 years, who have a background in gymnastics, dance, physical theatre or similar.   Our aim is to fast track you into the circus world with a solid foundation in a wide variety of circus disciplines.  This course caters for beginners-improvers to intermediate-advanced levels (not absolute beginners).

Created by AirCraft Circus Academy

We have been running this course for over 11 years and have trained over 300 students, many of whom are now working in the circus industry, including the London cabaret scene, Big Top Circus Shows and Cirque Du Soleil.

Next Full Time Courses in Circus Arts 2022

SPRING: Mon 18th April to Wed 3rd August (Break Week 9 Mon 13th to Fri 17th June) (16 Weeks) 2022 Price: £4200

SHOW: Fri 29th July 8pm (+ Summer Circus Festival Sat 30th July) 

AUTUMN: Mon 29th Aug to Wed 14th Dec (Break Week 9 Mon 24th to Fri 28th Oct) (16 Weeks) 2022 Price £4200

SHOW: Fri 9th Dec 8pm (+ GCF Sat 10th and Sun 11th Dec)


Entry to our professional development courses are by free informal auditions.  You can come to our space to audition, or send a video. 


Video auditions will be accepted from those outside of London/UK, or for those who cannot make it to the space.

The audition will involve a tour of the space and an introduction with one of the AirCraft Circus Academy team. The applicants' will be taken through a guided warm up, including some basic strength and flexibility exercises, followed by the opportunity to demonstrate your acrobatic and aerial ability.  This is followed by a private interview with the course director, your chance to discuss any queries, concerns or ambitions you may have.
I do not live in the UK how do I apply?:
In terms of Visa entry, you will need to look into this with your own countries Visa office. AirCraft Circus Academy can supply you with a letter highlighting your acceptance onto the course, please note this incurs a £25 admin fee.
If you are interested in joining the course please send your CV and covering letter to: lucy@aircraftcircus.com & merryn@aircraftcircus.com.
AirCraft Circus Academy have specifically designed this Full Time Course in Circus Arts for those individuals who would like to gain a solid and rounded foundation in aerial and acrobatic core disciplines, create an act and have the chance to perform in front of a supportive audience.
The timetable runs for 16 weeks, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm, with a 1 week break in week 9. Each day students will be taught up to 4 physical, creative and complementary classes totalling 25-30 hours per week.  Additionally, after completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to perform in our annual celebrations of all things circus in either Greenwich Circus Festival (autumn term), or our Summer Circus Festival (spring term).
 In the first few weeks, importance is given to working with the body, gaining strength, increasing flexibility, and preventing injury, within a safe and structured group environment.  There will also be some taster classes in specialist circus skills such as harness, stilts, tightwire and juggling.
As the Course progresses there will be more emphasis on act creation, performance skills and show production. You will learn circus rigging, lighting design, sound, costumes and make up, which are essential skills for any aspiring circus performer. The course will finish in an end of term showcase spectacular. Your act will be photographed and filmed, with the option of a professionally edited demo reel.
We are looking for disciplined and creative individuals with a passion for learning. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of aerial or acrobatic skills, however you will need to have a base level of fitness and have some experience in physically challenging disciplines such as gymnastics, dance or martial arts.


Course Outline:
The first 8 weeks of the course focus on gaining strength, stamina, flexibility, and building up a skills repertoire.   
Skills covered include:
Aerial Core - Static Trapeze, Hoop, Rope, Silks, Straps and Flying Trapeze
Acrobatic Core - Acrobatics, Acrobalance, Chinese Pole, Handstands, Trampoline and Trampet 
Performance - Improvisation, Ensemble, Physical Theatre, Act Creation and Production
Production Technical Skills - Rigging and Safety, Sound, Lighting, Marketing, Makeup/hair, Costumes, Stage management 
Complimentary Skills - Dance, Conditioning, Flexibility, Extension, Injury Prevention and Well Being
Week 9 is a well deserved break week, in order to rest and recover the body and mind, before the second stage of the course.
In week 10, the focus moves to Act Creation in your chosen skill.  Classes will still be taught in all skills but time will be given to creating and practising your acts and developing a final performance.  You will learn about act creation and the show creation process including sound, lighting, rigging, hair and make-up, costumes, marketing, and stage management. Our school converts into a fabulous performance venue with excellent production capability. We have black drapes, fully rigged lighting grid and sound system. We have excellent audience capacity with cabaret style table and seats. Everything you need to support your first performance.
Although focus is on individual acts, you will be encouraged to work together as a team in order to create your show. We will guide you to design your own flyer and actively market your show through flyering and social media. After the showcase we will guide you on CV presentation, website design, photos, showreels, contacting agencies and self promotion.
You will need to source accommodation yourself, as there are no housing facilities at the school. It is recommended to research rental rooms online in the SE18, SE7, SE10 or SE2 London postcodes on spareroom.com, gumtree, or loot. These areas are very close to the school and students have no problems finding accommodation, usually in a house share. If you would like further information please contact us anytime at info@aircraftcircus.com or call 020 8317 8401.
Here's what past students have to say about the course:

"This course was literally the best thing I have ever done! You learn so much in such a short space of time and grow both physically and mentally. The course is challenging but so much fun and so rewarding. So much so that I did the Course twice."
(Merryn, Autumn 2017)


"There's a lovely atmosphere at Aircraft and the teachers are great! I have loved every minute of this course and would recommend it to anyone whose considering a professional career in circus or even just to learn and have fun."
(Anon, Spring 2016)


"Amazing course, so much fun and you learn loads of skills without the commitment of a year!"
(Charlotte, Spring 2015)


"They call it an intensive Course, and oh yes it is! You'll feel every single muscle in your body moan! Having trained as a dancer I wanted to add some more skills to my craft. It really was worth it, I've gained a great deal out of this, met amazing people, outstanding teachers and am so glad to have been part of the Aircraft Circus family. Especially if you don't only want to train on one apparatus but get a wide range of skills!" 
(Anna Zant, Spring 2015)


 "The course was the best thing I've done in my life. The atmosphere at AirCraft is really good and you end up becoming like a family. The teachers are always happy to help with questions about circus, and also there to support you and talk to if you need any other help. Definitely a course worth doing."

(Beth Jarvis, Spring 2015, now studying on the degree programme at National Centre for Circus Arts)