Students have been clowning around for generations but rarely have they been given a university qualification for doing so.
Now the French Education Ministry is to award it official recognition by authorising the launch of a degree in how to be a clown.
The pioneering one-year, postgraduate course is being laid on by Lyons II University in central France and is expected to begin this autumn.
“There is a huge demand from people wanting to become clowns in France and we thought it was time to offer technical training and a diploma in this area,” said Marie-Thérãse Maurer, the vice-chancellor of the university...
The vocational degree will end with an apprenticeship, mainly in hospitals, children’s centres and old people’s homes...
Claire Paysson, coordinator of the House of Circus and Clown Arts, said: “There is a clown in all of us and we have to find it. Perhaps you’re a clown and you don’t know it.”
— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading