Already during your first year you will meet guest teachers who are active in professional practice. They make students at school aware of the demands of the professional field. Students are also urged to see as many different theatre performances as possible.
Despite regularly coming into contact with a ‘public audience’, the school cannot fully duplicate the practical field. That’s why internships are so important for all study programmes because students can experience how their own qualities and ability stand the test of working in a professional context for a longer period of time.
Although you can count on support, you as student are expected to take the initiative for organizing your own internship. The main idea is that you function independently during your internship; you are responsible for its successful completion. The work you undertake during your internship must be relevant to your future professional perspective and well-suited to your further development. For most study programmes, internships take place in the third and/or fourth year.
During your internship, an internship or graduation coach, who you are mostly free to choose, will act as go-between, connecting you and the study programme. Supervision is on an individual basis and centres on pre-determined and fixed goals. Agreements are also made about the manner of supervision and how you reflect on your work as intern. At the end of your internship an interview is usually held with the ensemble or director involved. Afterwards you are expected to write an internship report; your work during the internship will be assessed by the study programme.
For more information about practical issues concerning professional practice, the ATD refers to the AHK website: Beroepskunstenaar.nl