Despite the fact that students are taught in groups, education is strongly directed at your individual development as student. Study guidance, including internship and graduation guidance, above all focuses on individual student supervision and makes up an important part of the study programme. Artistic directors play a central role and are ultimately responsible for study guidance. Depending on the study programme, mentors or teaching staff also have a supervisory task that transcends their job description. Students can also consult the student counsellor at the Academy for Theatre and Dance or ask advice on health questions from the Health & Performance office.
Artistic directors will hold regular discussions with you as student about your development in relation to your artistic aspirations and career perspectives. You will receive guidance in determining your preference with regard to the education offered and your future work field. During the first two years this occurs during study progress talks. In subsequent years, supervision will be more individual and undertaken by a mentor.
In the fourth year of your study, the graduation phase and internship period, the school will consciously distance itself. You will choose a graduation- or internship coach who will act as important go-between with the study programme. You can choose to keep contact to a minimum because this phase of your study, besides promoting individuality, also encourages independence. More support is permitted but you will need to organize it yourself.
After consulting with the study programme, you are sometimes given the option of asking people from the work field to act as mentor. This system is informal and is based on agreements made between the student and the mentor of his/her choosing. It has no connection with school assessment frameworks or terms of evaluation.