How is the DAI currently embedded in the ArtEZ University of the Arts and how is participation organised ?

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1.Governance of the ArtEZ University of the Arts

2.Participation facilitated by the ArtEZ University of the Arts

3.Participation facilitated by DAI (exclusively for DAI)



The Board of Governors or RvT ( Dutch: Raad van Toezicht)of the ArtEZ University of the Arts is charged with the task of supervising the Executive Board. Its members are appointed and paid for their supervision and are to be held accountable by the Ministry of Education. Currently the members of the RvT are: Shashi Baboeram Panday, prof. dr. Pauline Meurs, Jarrod Francisco, dr. Adriana Esmeijer and Pierre Ballings as Chairman.

The Executive Board or (in Dutch) CvB (= College van Bestuur)of the ArtEZ University of the Arts consists of two members: Marjolijn Brussaard (President) and Maarten Bremer (Vice-President). Together with 9-10 administrators, the so-called Directors, the CvB decides about, and is to be held accountable for the division of budgets, tuition fees and the overall ArtEZ policy and politics and the implementation thereoff.

The Head of Masters/artistic directors (such as DAI's Gabriëlle Schleijpen) are responsible for both the vision as well the realisation of their specific programs (see: responsibilities and profiles Head of Masters), but they are not directly in conversation with the Executive Board; the 9-10 Directors are formally positioned in between Board and the Head of Programs. 

Originating in the early 2000s the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) together with other autonomously curated and programmed MA courses and programmes under the governance of ArtEZ(such as the Werkplaats Typografie), recently became part of an adminstative framework coined "Graduate School", inaugurated in 2016, as an experimental, de-disciplined, and collaborative, but not necessarily homogenuous collective within the larger framework of the ArtEZ University of the Arts. Erik pastors, interim director Graduate School Community represents the interests of all master programs in the management consultation with the Executive Board. The annual budget of each master program under the responsibility of each Head of Program, is embedded in the overall Graduate School’s budget for which Erik is to be held accountable.

Within the Graduate School Community a so-called "Policy Cluster" regularly meets and discusses the shared interests of the master programs in relation to the politics of ArtEZ. Gabriëlle is an active member of this cluster. Apart from the Policy Cluster the Heads of Programs / Artistic Directors of the Graduate School meet every two weeks (every week during the Covid-19 lockdown).Gabriëlle is initiating irregular sessions between Heads of Programs of ArtEZ across BA and Master programs where  questions, concerns and possible solutions related to the day-to-day realities of our tutors, students, and prospective students can be shared.


 2. Participation facilitated by ArtEZ:

- The Representative Council of ArtEZ ~ in short: MR (Dutch: medezeggenschapsraad) 

Formal relationship with the CvB / Executive Board as well as with the Board of Governors. The MR has an advisory role and sometimes right of consent.

DAI-Members of the MR, represent not only the DAI, but also the Graduate School at large as well as other, interchangeable stakeholders within ArtEZ.

Current DAI representation at the MR: 

Gabriëlle Schleijpen (she applied to become a member after learning that in 2019 the MR voted in favor of the increase of the tuition fees for non-EU passport holders) + a vacancy for a hopefully to be elected first year (incoming) (DAI) master student.

From 1 to 14 February 2021, the CvB /executive board organizes a second round of interim elections for one vacant seat at the academy council of the master courses and one vacant seat at the the representative council of ArtEZ.

You can apply as a candidate in Januari 2021. You will receive an e-mail with instructions in January 2021 on your ArtEZ e-mail account.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail at or visit the intranet page.

The two members of the CvB/Executive Board are often present at MR meetings in order to inform or to be informed. Exempt from membership are the 10 Academy Directors.

- Academy Council ~ in short: DR ( Dutch: Deelraad) 

There is a DR for each ArtEZ academy, the ArtEZ Graduate School (including DAI), ArtEZ research & valorization and the ArtEZ Services Centre: formal relationship with the interim director of the Graduate School at large, with the MR and with the Executive Board. Members: Flip Driest (DAI, 2021), together with students from other master programs, few tutors, staff. Heads of Program/artistic directors are exempt.

 - Course Committee ~ in short: - OC (Dutch: Opleidings Commissie)

There are OC's for each course or group of courses. The OC that is relevent for the DAI looks into the Exam Regulations (for the next academic year) on behalf of the Graduate School (formal relation with the official ArtEZ Exam Committee and Carin Rustema). Heads of Program/artistic directors are exempt.

- DAI specific Advisory Committee ~ in short: AC

The AC consists of two DAI- tutors (Hypatia Vourloumis and Florian Göttke) and two students ( the chair and the secretary of the DAI’s COUNCIL, see DAI Led Participation) checking and confirming the Exam Regulations ( for the next academic year). The AC reports to the OC; the OC will strictly follow advice from the AC in relation to the DAI specific Exam Regulations. Heads of Program/artistic directors are exempted from the AC's.


3. Participation faciltated by DAI (exclusively for DAI): 


(formerly the Curriculum Group a.k.a the student led Crisis Team)


The COUNCIL is informed, among others, by the