Credible in Incredible
The National Institute of Circus Arts
Masters of the credible incredible.
Setting the standard for the spectacular.
WE ARE NICA.
Located on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, we provide a world class creative learning space in Prahran that makes the extraordinary world of circus arts a professional reality for our aspiring young artists. With world-class training, technical innovation, research, and individualised skills development, NICA creates truly extraordinary, industry-ready artists.
NICA is an internationally renowned Centre of Excellence based in Melbourne, Australia.
Proudly flying under the flag of Melbourne’s Swinburne University, we provide tertiary-level, innovative education, training, performance, research, leadership and talent to the local, national and global circus arts industry. NICA is a member of the Arts8, Australia’s eight performance and screen elite training organisations, and is funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, Office for The Arts.
At NICA, we utilise our world-leading credentials to unlock and bolster pathways to the extraordinary.
We’re an authority on the awe-inspiring and set the standard for the spectacular through our seamless blend of accredited training and exceptional talent.
Are you looking for?
Embark on your own circus adventure! We teach people of all ages and fitness levels foundational circus skills and apparatus.
Hiring circus artists
Hire a circus performer today through NICA Represents. Our artists are some of the best in the business and ready to put on a show.
Studying circus arts
Interested in studying circus professionally? We are the only place in Australia to offer Certificate IV (apply now) and Bachelor of Circus Arts (currently paused).
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