Intake to the National Institute of Circus Arts has been ‘paused’: Where to next for Australia’s performing arts training?

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Abstract

The 2024 intake into the Bachelors-level degree at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) has been “paused”, reportedly on the grounds of financial viability and “strategic alignment” with Swinburne University, which has auspiced NICA since 1995.

In the same week across the Tasman, Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington announced savage cuts to its theatre and music programs.

These are just the latest blows to a sector in crisis. They arise from a decades-long suspicion of the place of arts training in the academy, which can be traced back as far as the 1950s...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Performing arts
  • Theatre programs
  • Music programs
  • Arts funding
  • Academic programs

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