The Associate Degree program is a higher professional education. To be admitted to the programme, candidates must have at least a HAVO or MBO 4 diploma or an international equivalent.

In addition, they must have completed the Preparatory Training or a comparable preliminary training elsewhere within the NBA, so that their ballet is of a sufficient level. An admissions committee, consisting of representatives of the core team, selects the candidates during the audition weeks. The selection takes place on the basis of the final competences of the Associate Degree programme. The potential to develop the AD competences must be present in order to be accepted by the training.