Central to the study programme is own creative work: throughout the study, students regularly show off their acquired skills. The own productions are supervised by experienced directors and performed by students from the Amsterdamse Toneelschool & Kleinkunstacademie or professional actors. A direct link is also established with professional practice: the projects and workshops are generally given by guest teachers who have also worked as director and/or actor, for example, Jaap Spijkers, Oscar van Woensel, Ivo van Hove, Gerardjan Rijnders, Marlies Heuer and Javier Lopèz Piñon. There are also guest teachers from abroad like, Niels Peter Rudolph and Guy Biran. The international orientation is also borne out by the fact that many foreign candidates apply.
The Theatre Directing Study Programme has a structural exchange programme with Hamburg’s and Zürich's Theater Akademie. For projects it also collaborates with other Theaterschool students, for example, those from the ATKA, Mime School,Technical Theatre Arts Study Programme and the Production and Stage Management Study Programme. There are also alliances with the Film Academy, the HKU writing course and the Master Dramaturgy at the UvA.
The last two years form the most individual part of the study. During this period the student can pursue a specialization based on his/her personal interests and talent. As assistant director he completes an internship with a professional production, writes an artistic statement and makes two final exam productions.
The Theatre Directing Study Programme demands much of its students: a large personal commitment and motivation, independence and self efficacy. Especially during the first two years, a considerable amount of work is undertaken during evening hours in addition to compulsory education programmes. Students read scripts or attend performances. Four or five active evenings per week is no exception.
The small size of the study group allows for intensive guidance. There are regular individual and group talks with the students to evaluate work and help put it on course if necessary. This process involves the artistic director, teachers and mentors.