The Academy of Theater and Dance uses a study load system that corresponds to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). A full-time AD course of 120 credits (EC) corresponds to 1680 hours of study per year, in a combination of supervised and independent learning.
From block 1 to 4, each block has approximately 250 hours of contact time, for a total of 1000 hours. In addition, the student spends approximately 280 hours self-study in these blocks, including theater visits. This is just over 8 hours a week. In block 5, the program focuses entirely on the annual final performance. This block has more contact hours, approx. 380, but does not require self-study hours. In total, a year has about 1400 contact hours. This means that a ballet training has a lot of dance hours. At the same time, we find it important to develop the workload in such a way that students can build up physical strength, stabilize and peak where necessary. The alternation between intensive training and rest is balanced by a good coordination of the lessons. Gradually the students work towards the auditions. First for the internships and later for the work field. Theory, reflection and self-study are linked to practical education and therefore focused on practical application.