To be admitted at the Bachelor Circus Arts at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.
In order to gain an impression of your talent you are required to participate in an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of a pre-selection and audition. Throughout the entrance examination you will be observed to see if you possess the necessary talent to successfully complete the study course. You will be judged according to a number of criteria. These criteria relate to the degree in which you possess sufficient skill, aptitude and development possibilities to successfully complete the study course. Required competencies include artistic expression, technical circus skill, physical possibilities, stamina, ability to improvise, team spirit, and learning ability. It is important that you are physically fit.
Do you want to apply for the auditions? Then follow the steps below.
Would you like to apply for a partner specialisation as a solo candidate? Please read further under adapted audition procedure.
After registering in Studielink and logging in to Osiris, we will ask you to answer a number of questions and provide a number of items:
- Audition application questions
- Motivation letter in English and in PDF format – upload in Osiris
- Medical statement that allows you to do intense physical training, not older than 3 months and in Dutch/English/German/French – upload in Osiris
- Picture (head + shoulders, in PDF format, high resolution, vertical) – upload in Osiris
- Upload two videolinks to universally used video systems (such as f.e. YouTube or Vimeo + publically watchable):
You can find more information about these videos and the requirements on the page: Video criteria
Step 3: the audition
During the audition the committee, existing of teachers and experts from the circus field and, acting as chairman, artistic coordinator of the education, will assess the extent to which the candidates are fit for the education based on the following criteria:
- circus technical qualities;
- physical ability and possibilities;
- physical intelligence;
- theatricality, musicality and dance qualities;
- artistc talent and originality in creating moving material;
- personality in movement and stage presence;
- sensitivity and openness;
- the ability to work with corrections, the endurance and perseverance
There is no strict age criterion for Codarts Circus Arts, as long as the age of the candidate or student does not interfere with the study career. It is recommended to apply before the age of 25.
Programme and content of the audition
The audition takes place in three rounds.
Round 1: Pre-selection for the audition
The pre-selection consists of the assessments of the videos and requested documents by the artistic coordinator, a team of specialization teachers and minimum one audition committee member.
After the evaluation meeting of this audition panel, the selected candidates will be invited by e-mail before 1 March 2023 at the latest.
Second and final selection, spread over five days
Candidates need to be available for all audition days.
The final selection consists of several circus classes during five days, a presentation of an individual act (5 min max), an individual screening by the physiotherapist and individual meetings regarding pre-education, motivation, financial 3 matters, etcetera. After the evaluation of the committee, there can be a selection moment after showing the act. The rest of the candidates will be informed about the final result at the end of the last day.
Here you can find information about the offered specializations
Tight fitting clothing in which the physical possibilities are well visible. Warming up clothes. Soft indoor shoes, socks or bare feet. No piercings (except those underneath the clothes) or jewelry allowed. Long hair should be tied up.
Health examination as part of the audition, consisting of two parts
Candidates with a positive outcome of the final selection have to take part in the medical examination, organized by Codarts, which consists of:
- physical test
- a general medical examination
Costs of the medical examination, which takes place at the beginning of the academic year after you are enrolled are around € 125,00. A part of the health examination can already take place during the audition: during the audition the physiotherapist does short individual assessments (15 minutes per candidate).
More information about this you can find at Physical screening.
Codarts only admits a limited number of circus students. Candidates that have passed the final selection are admissible. If after the selection process there are more suitable candidates then places available, the audition committee can place some candidates on a waiting list.
Candidates who make it through this last selection can be placed and will receive an enrolment package. Candidates who are admissible are requested to let Codarts know within one month at the latest whether they are actually going to take part in the course.
If candidates do not respond in time, Codarts reserves the right to offer the place to a student on the waiting list.
Accommodation during the auditions
Candidates searching for accommodation during the audition period can look at the following websites: www.sparkshostel.com, www.anihaakien.nl, www.kingkonghostel.com, hosteldemafkees.nl and www.stayokay.com.
To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.
Candidates who apply for a partner specialisation, such as hand to hand, duo trapeze or Teeterboard, should apply with the partner(s) needed for this specialisation. If you cannot guarantee the partner(s) at the actual moment, we ask you to communicate this on the application form (in Osiris) and we recommend to apply as soon as possible. However, Codarts offers support for candidates in search of partners by bringing them in contact with each other and offering facilities
We recommend to apply as soon as possible to foresee the needed time for training together before the audition invitation procedure starts.
More information on this adjusted application procedure can be found below: