The Academy for Theatre and Dance is one of the six faculties of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK). Besides the Academy for Theatre and Dance (ATD), they are:

  • the Conservatory of Amsterdam
  • the Netherlands Film Academy
  • the Breitner Academy (visual education teacher)
  • the Academy of Architecture
  • and the Reinwardt Academy for museology

The ATD offers the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Dance, with graduation profile dancer and choreographer
  • Bachelor of Theatre, with graduation profile actor and theatre maker
  • Bachelor of Theatre in Education
  • Bachelor of Dance in Education
  • Associate Degree Classical Ballet
  • Master Theatre / Das Theater
  • Master Choreography / Das Choreografie
  • Master Das Creative Producing

Within the Bachelor of Dance (profile dancer) are graduation differentiations /programmes National Ballet Academy (NBA) and Expanded Contemporary Dance (ECD). The School for New Dance Development (SNDO) falls under the choreographer profile. Alumni of the two-year AD Classical Ballet and experienced classical dancers from the professional field can follow the abbreviated graduate programme Classical Ballet Teacher within the NBA. 

Within the Bachelor of Theatre, there are two profiles. The profile actor has two graduation levels: Mime and Drama & Cabaret. The profile Theatre Maker has four graduation levels: Directing, Scenography, Design & Technology and Production Performing Arts. .

In addition, there are two teacher training programmes: Theatre Teacher (with a shortened variant as well) and Dance Teacher. The Theatre Teacher and Dance Teacher programmes are considered one of the theatre and dance programmes respectively.
So when we talk about theatre or dance courses in this guide, this includes the Theatre Teacher and Dance Teacher respectively.
The abridged programmes are two-year programmes. They follow more or less the same pattern as the four-year Bachelor's programmes on the basis of a two-year exemption. Where we refer to training in the general part of this guide, we mean all the variants we offer.

Although the programmes of the ATD have much in common, both in terms of content and in the way they work together, they also each have their own identity and artistic independence. After all, each professional field also has very specific artistic and technical requirements. To keep abreast of these requirements, the programmes each maintain separate contact with their own field of work and decide for themselves how to respond to these requirements. They bear their own responsibility for substantiating and ensuring the updating of the curriculum (teaching programme) and anticipating possible future developments in professional practice. One of the common principles of all programmes within the ATD is to include in education those elements that enable students to later add something to existing practice.