Binding study advice
At the end of the propaedeutic phase, every student is advised on the continuation of the study programme. If 60 credits have been obtained for the education in the first year, the propaedeutic phase has been successfully completed. The student receives the propaedeutic certificate and the advice to proceed to the main phase.

The main criteria for passing the propaedeutic phase are:
sufficient technical progress (skills training); 
sufficient ability for self-reflection (ability to learn) and cooperationl;
developable ability to 'perform'. 

If the 60 credits are not achieved, the recommendation may consist of an indefinite rejection. We call such a rejection a negative binding study advice (nbsa). An nbsa is given if a student's study results do not meet the requirements and, moreover, the assessment meeting/committee of examiners has insufficient confidence that the student will be able to successfully complete the programme.

In case the propaedeutic certificate cannot be obtained in the first year due to personal circumstances, the binding study advice may be postponed or suspended - depending on the outcome of the integral assessment. In case personal circumstances play a role, sometimes the programme cannot assess the student's suitability and the recommendation is suspended until the first semester of the second year or until the end of the second year. Alternatively, based on the nature of the personal circumstances, it may be advised to retake the entire first year, after which an advice will still be given.During the semester assessment, in accordance with the time until which the deferral was granted, the results achieved and development will be reassessed. If there is a positive assessment with regard to the propaedeutic components that had not yet been met, the propaedeutic exam will have been passed and the student will receive the propaedeutic certificate.
However, if the development is not assessed as satisfactory, a negative binding study advice may still be given in all the above cases.In exceptional cases, the assessment meeting may decide to retake the first year, if there are no personal circumstances involved. However, this will then be regarded as a positive recommendation. This means that no negative binding study advice can be given at the end of this resit. 

Prior to the negative binding study advice, the student will be warned in writing by or on behalf of the faculty board no later than 1 February of the current academic year. If, due to significant deterioration of study results, a written warning is not issued until after 1 February, it shall be issued no later than 8 weeks prior to the final assessment so that improvement is still possible. 

More information on the exact regulations concerning the nbsa and suspended advice can be found in the OER (Education and Examination Regulations) of the Academy of Theatre and Dance. Students where personal circumstances come into play are advised to contact the dean:
Timon Hagen: or 020 - 527 76 37