Students (and tutors) at the DAI ideally share:
*an energetic and inventive practice as artist, curator or otherwise
*an open and reflective mind
*desire for critical discourse
*care of the self (in the Foucauldian sense)
*love of the world (in the Arendtian sense)
At the DAI, we do not believe that art and curatorial practice and artistic research, being or becoming an artist and/or curator, should be restricted to those who have graduated from what are traditionally called fine art departments in art schools. As we aim to stretch and strengthen artist-led cultures, we encourage all those wishing to deepen their exploration of the theoretical, conceptual, curatorial and production aspects of contemporary art & curatorial practice to apply (i.e. with or without formal training as a visual artist - in the recent past we have welcomed visual artists, curators, activists, urbanists, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, photographers as well as theorists with an interest in art and curatorial research and production by means of visual and /or aural media, curating, performance, writing and publishing).
In order to be accepted, candidates do need a BA, BFA or a degree-level certificate at the same or higher level in another discipline or field of study. In exceptional cases, an application by an outstanding artist or curator who is not in the possession of a relevant degree may be taken into consideration.
There is no age restriction for study at the DAI, nor is there a set limit to the time span between graduation with a bachelor's degree and application to our master's programme. The DAI seeks to bring together a plurality of practices, a diverse group of people whom we believe will be able to connect with each other in an interesting way through specific shared questions and intuitions, rather than similar backgrounds and life experiences.
The DAI sees English as a lingua franca (a working language, bridge language, vehicular language, unifying language), a language used systematically in order to make communication possible between people who do not share a mother tongue. Spoken fluency as well as reading and writing skills in English are essential for students of all nationalities and are assessed by the Admissions Committee.
In case of doubt, the Admissions Committee may ask a candidate to show the results of an English proficiency tests (either IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL paper 550, TOEFL Computer 213, TOEFL Internet 79/80, TOEIC1 670 or Cambridge CAE – C). "But honestly, can we measure fluency in a foreign language? The answer is not so clear-cut and there are some persistent myths that need to be busted".
So, alternatively, the candidate may be asked to read and comment on Hito Steyerl's e-flux journal article "international-disco-latin".