Advanced training


People aged 16 years and older

Candidates must be in excellent physical condition, have good training ethics and have developed abilities in a circus discipline or in a similar activity such as dance, gymnastics, trampoline, martial arts, etc.

The École de cirque de Québec offers 2 programs

Diploma of College Studies in Circus Arts (DEC)

For Quebec and students from France.

(Funded training: Low tuitions fees) *

*Please note: Canadian or international citizens are also eligible for this program. However, they must pass a French test and tuitions fees are higher.


This 3-years program is sanctioned by the Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, which awards the Diploma of college studies (DEC 561.DA)

The program is specific to circus arts and general college training, as in the scholastic system in Quebec. Please note that during the cursus, successful completion of the general training is mandatory in order to pursue the circus training until the end of the school year.


Have a High School Diploma or its equivalent (First College year in France)

Diploma of Establishment Studies in Circus Arts (DEE)

For English Canada and foreign students.

(Non funded training : Tuitions fees are entirely paid by the student).





The 3-years program leads to a school studies diploma from the École de cirque de Québec






No academic prerequisites.

Course Fees

  • Preparatory Program – $3430.00, plus taxes ($3943.65)
  • DEC Program – $380.00, plus taxes ($436.91)
  • DEE Program – $4780.00, plus taxes ($5495.81)



This training program is focused on realizing a personal creative project in a specific discipline and on developing other necessary abilities to become a circus artist.

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Training schedule

Classes are from Monday to Friday, from 8:15 am to 6:00 pm.

Training duration

Three years, 35 weeks per year, from the end of August to early June.

Technical training

Supervision of a project in a main discipline, development of abilities in a secondary discipline and training in complementary classes to support the main discipline.

The possible choices of disciplines include the following:

  • Floor Acrobatics (Hand to Hand, Balancing, Cyr Wheel, Contortion, etc.)
  • Aerial Acrobatics (Chinese Pole, Trampoline, Korean pole, Tight Wire, etc.)
  • Artistic Aerials (Silks, Aerial Hoop, Corde Lisse, etc.)
  • Juggling – manipulation
  • Clowning Art

Artistic training

  • Contemporary dance
  • Classical dance
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Voice
  • Various workshops
  • Physical preparation: Physical preparation programs supervised by a member of the educational staff.
  • Physiotherapy consultation service in the school.

Theoretical training

  • Knowledge of the various facets of the profession.
  • Training theory
  • Injury care
  • Stage technology
  • Applied bio-mecanics
  • Career management
  • History of circus
  • Physical preparation

Annual performance

At the end of every year, students engage either in a collective creation presented in various places in Quebec City or in a show created by a director.


Following competencies assessment principles, students receive at the end of each session (for a total of 6) a formative evaluation follow‑up that helps them to understand and to adopt the necessary adjustments for their progression. They then receive a summative report. Successful completion of each session is essential to pursue the program.

The body of these circus programs are identical with the exception of the general training offered in the DEC program

Registration procedure