The Associate Degree programme is a higher vocational education. In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates must have at least a HAVO or MBO 4 high school diploma or an international equivalent.
In addition, they must have completed a Lower ballet school education within NBA or a similar preliminary education course elsewhere, which ensures that their ballet is of a sufficient level. An admissions committee consisting of representatives from the core team selects the candidates during the audition weeks. For selection  the competencies of the Associate degree programme are used. The potential to develop the AD competencies at the final level within two years must be present in order to be accepted for the programme. The findings during the audition are, upon acceptance of the student, recorded in a short audit report and added to the student file. The audit report functions as a 'baseline measurement' for the first integral assessment in semester 1 of year 1.