Circomedia: Centre for Contemporary Circus & Physical Theatre

Circomedia is a world renowned centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre training in the UK. We currently run full time training courses at both Higher and Further education levels. Alongside this we also deliver a professional show programme, part time classes, youth circus and outreach programmes.

Circomedia is a world renowned centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre training based in Bristol, UK. We currently run a number of full time training courses at both Higher and Further education level. Current courses in Contemporary Circus in Physical Performance are as follows:

BA (Hons) Degree (top-up year)

Those who successfully complete Circomedia’s two year Foundation Degree may continue to a third year of study allowing them to graduate with an associated BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Circus with Physical Performance accredited by Bath Spa University.

Two Year Foundation Degree

Accredited by Bath Spa University this two year full-time course aims to develop the student as a rounded performer. Although this is an intensive training course the emphasis is on breadth rather than intense specialisation.

One Year Professional Diploma (Level 4)

Essentially year one of the two year Foundation Degree, this course The course will also teach students some of the technical, practical and logistical elements of working professionally as a performer, managing, staging and promoting their own work. This is privately run course and therefore students will receive a certificate from Circomedia upon graduation.

One Year Professional Diploma (Level 5)

Essentially year two of the Foundation Degree this course and is designed for students who already possess high- level circus- theatre performance skills (for example they have already completed a reputable course of training or have significant professional experience) and are keen to expand their repertoire, broaden their range of skills and styles and learn how to create work for different markets and settings.

Three Month Introductory Certificate

Run from September to December Circomedia’s three month course is the ideal way to gain an introduction to the different circus- theatre disciplines and skills, improve fitness and flexibility and experience intensive physical training.

BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma

Run in partnership with accredited by Weston College this two year course give those aged 16+ the chance to study a range on circus disciplines (including juggling, balance, aerial skills and acrobatics) as well as physical theatre, movement, choreography and performance techniques, learning how the Performance Industry works and what it takes to be a healthy performer.

Alongside this we also run a professional show programme featuring circus, physical theatre and dance, a part time class programm, youth circus and outreach programme. Our St Paul’s Church venue is also available for commercial hire.



Circomedia, St Paul’s Church

St Paul’s Church is our central Bristol venue and training space, home to Circomedia’s BTEC course. Converted and saved from dilapidation in 2005 by The Churches Conservation Trust, this building houses the UK’s largest in-door trapeze rig and aerial facilities unparalleled in the South West. This space is also home to Circomedia’s youth circus, City Circus and plays host to several half day and drop in classes. This space also presents Circomedia’s professional programme of work which sees a diverse range of professional companies perform circus, physical theatre and dance. It has most recently won the Hudson Heritage Award for The Best Re-Use of a Heritage Building.