No, Circadium has chosen to be a vocational college, licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Education to grant a Diploma of Circus Arts. This is not quite the same as being an accredited university.
The only differences between our vocational program and an accredited university are that the credits you receive from your Circadium classes are not transferable to another school, and you are not eligible for federal student loans.
Vocational schools are carefully monitored by the Board of Education, and we function under strict rules of operational procedure and financial management set out by the Private Licensed Schools division.
We are currently researching our options for independent accreditation, which takes several years. The credit hours of our program surpass the credit hours required for a BA or BFA, but our costs remain lower because of our vocational status, which we think gives the best of both worlds for now.
Yes – Circadium is able to offer some need-based scholarships, and we partner with a local credit union to offer loans.
We do not have student dormitories; we help students find apartments and home-shares in the neighborhoods of Northwest Philadelphia.
The academic classes are in place to serve the student’s artistic career; most coursework is verbal / participatory, and we are able to work with students at any level. With a few exceptions (such as the Writing class), minimal homework is given. It is critical for the students to gain experience in the academic subjects offered, but none of them have enough course hours to count as a Minor subject. Majors and Minors will all be in physical circus disciplines.
Students must be 18 years old before the course begins. There is no upper age limit, but we counsel students over 30 to be sure they can handle three years of full-time, strenuous physical activity before applying.