Two-year Associate Degree in Classical Ballet
To our great delight, we got permission from the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) for a new form of education within the NBA in 2020: the two-year Associate Degree in Classical Ballet. Since 2020-2021, it is possible for NBA students to take this relatively new course within professional education – co-existing with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – and to complete it in two years with an Associate Degree certificate at higher professional education level.
Students will then be ready to enter the field as professional dancers. Following the two-year course, it is also possible for students to add on a third year, to attain a Bachelor’s degree (BA) at higher professional education level, allowing them to specialise in a particular aspect of theory or teaching within classical ballet. Students are ready to enter the professional field after this third year, as well. However, the BA year is also open to students who first attain their AD, then start their dancing career and on ending that career wish to specialise in a particular area of interest and obtain a BA degree. This allows the Dutch National Ballet Academy to provide a lifelong learning option within ballet education.
Why make this change?
For some time , the Dutch National Ballet Academy has been looking for a form of education that is in line with current professional practice. The previous form of education we have been offering until 2019-2020 took a relatively long time – a seven-year preliminary course (linked to primary and secondary education), followed by a three-year BA course. This means that our students trained for ten years before being able to start as a professional dancer. Similar training courses abroad often take less time, meaning that international dancers can enter the professional field earlier. In addition, more and more junior companies are springing up, in the Netherlands and abroad, offering talented young dancers a safe learning and working environment and thus enabling them to move up sooner to the professional field.
So the introduction of the AD meant that our students can make the switch to the professional field one year earlier. An additional advantage is that the AD is not bound to ‘sector agreements’. Previously, we could only admit nine new students a year to the BA, which is barely enough to form a class, let alone separate classes for boys and girls. An efficiency survey was conducted for the AD, which tested whether there was sufficient demand from students for this course and whether the professional field can offer work to a larger number of graduates. The answer to both questions in the survey was positive. We can admit 24 students a year to the AD programme (ideally fifty percent boys and fifty percent girls), meaning that we can provide better education to classes with sufficient volume for specialised lessons.
What does this mean in concrete terms?
The two-year AD programme focuses on technical and skilled knowledge of ballet (classical, pointework, male technique, variations, repertoire and work experience with Dutch National Ballet). In addition, the familiar theoretical subjects will still be given and attention will be paid to strength training, Pilates and body conditioning. So the programme looks similar to our previous year 1 and 2 Bachelor’s programme, but the competencies taught have been adjusted here and there, and are now better attuned to the professional field of the classical ballet dancer. The previous third year, the apprenticeship year, has been discontinued. The practical experience gained by students in the productions by Dutch National Ballet, however, will certainly remain part of our AD programme.
Statutory tuition fee
The statutory tuition fee is: €2,314 for the 2023/2024 academic year. The reduced statutory fee (for first year students) is €1,157.
You are entitled to the statutory fee if you:
have the nationality of a country within the European Economic Area (all EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein); AND do not already have a Bachelor's degree at the time of enrolment in a Bachelor's program.
The exceptions, who are also eligible for the statutory tuition fee, are students with:
Ukrainian, Swiss or Surinam nationality
If you are not entitled to the statutory fee, you have to pay the institutional fee
Associate Degree Classical Ballet: € 5,615