Higher education - Enacr Rosny / Cnac Châlons diploma course

Three year diploma course: Dnsp and Ba equivalent in "arts"

The national higher professional diploma for circus artists (Level II): a ministry of Culture diploma.

A BA equivalent in "Arts" – Subject: "performing Arts" – Option "Circus Arts," is awarded by the University of Picardie Jules Verne.

The Cnac and the Ecole nationale des arts du cirque in Rosny-sous-Bois (Enacr), have joined together to construct a three-year joint educational programme in partnership with the Arts department of the University of Picardie (Amiens), in order to create a joint course leading to a Dnsp in the circus arts.
This measure is part of the European framework (the Bologna Process) for higher education.

The director of the Cnac is the educational director of the course, with support from an Educational management committee and an Educational council.

Three years of studies are spread over six semesters

More than 3,000 hours of taught classes:

- optional preliminary year at the Enacr, Rosny-sous-Bois,

- first year (Dnsp 1) at Enacr,
- second and third years (Dnsp 2 & 3) at the Cnac, Châlons-en-Champagne,

- four taught units for 180 ECTS credits (European Credits Transfer System):
  trans-disciplinary core syllabus
  core theory subjects
  core practical subjects
  strengthening/widening subject fields.

Table of units taught and ECTS credits for the three-year course

A course that leads to professional working life

Throughout the course, the Enacr and the Cnac prepare students for professional working life situations.

During Dnsp 1

The group show at the end of Dnsp year 1 at the Enacr is an important step in the course, as the students are required to work under a director, while creating a strong artistic project. This circus performance should emphasize, in a unity of style and time, the qualities of each student from a technical point of view and across the variety of subjects taught (dance, theatre, music and stage design etc.).
Each year a different performing arts professional, usually a Rosny/Châlons graduate, is asked to direct the performance. The work is then performed several times in the Enacr big top.

During Dnsp 2

- two weeks work experience with a company
- Repertory work
The course now places particular emphasis on reinterpreting or recreating repertory pieces. This approach encourages Cnac students to network and to develop professional relationships. It also highlights the school's commitment to helping the history and memory of the circus live on.
The students work on a reference piece from the circus repertory with the artists or the circus companies who created the work. This enables students to experience the various artistic approaches and processes while broadening their circus culture knowledge. The exercise ends with several public performances.

In Dnsp 3

- In Dnsp 3 it is possible to join a "tutor" artistic team for a defined period of time within the framework of a partnership agreement.

- Échappées
The students' course is interspersed with periods of research and creation dedicated to the development of their artistic identity and to experimentation in the ring. This work culminates in the 3rd year with performances known as "Échappées," which enable each student to show the results of their technical and artistic research. These performances are often a step in a long-term creative process continued upon leaving the Cnac.