Admission Requirements

Art Praxis 

As an MA-student at the DAI you can boast an energetic, inventive, artistically and/or intellectually engaging praxis, as beginning, emerging or established* maker, performer, writer, curator, researcher, or, and this is often the case, a hybrid of these. You may have a background in visual art, theory, sound, science, theatre, spoken word, architecture, film, dance, choreography, design or another relevant (or irrelevant in light of your current praxis) domain. Your research at DAI can be conducted in de-disciplined, multi-, inter- or transdisciplined ways, critically embedded in contemporary art's discourses (and discontents). At the DAI we all study at the intersections of art and theory. You apply to the DAI as a whole, not to individual tutors or tutorial teams. 

* established practioners can be welcomed as students if they leave conventional ideas of success behind.

Required degree 

In order to be accepted, you have already earned a BA, BFA or a degree-level certificate at a higher level of study. Certificates will be verified by the Student Department@ our "parent" University of the Arts called ArtEZ. 

Exceptionally, an application by a truly outstanding practitioner who is not in the possession of a relevant degree may be taken into consideration (please note that we as DAI can only issue a heartfelt recommendation and motivation letter to underpin our strong wish to accept you into our program. It is the official Exam Committee of the ArtEZ University of the Arts which holds the exclusive right to veto our joint request for admission. At this point unfortunately this Exam Committee has not offered clear guidelines for acceptance of candidates not in the possession of a relevant degree into the MA programs of the ArtEZ Graduate School. If you think your case is solid enough, you are still VERY welcome to apply for a placement@DAI. We might be up for a challenge, but, hey, Fighting Bureaucracy is our middle name:)).


The DAI recognises that English for the majority of our students is an acquired second, third or even fourth language (many within our community are multilingual because of family background and/or migration histories).

The DAI sees English, for better or for worse, as the lingua franca (working language, bridge language, vehicular language, unifying language); the language we use systematically, in order to make communication possible between people who do not share a mother tongue. We want to celebrate that there are many Englishes*, including new de-colonized versions. Communication skills at the level of our syllabus will be assessed by the Admissions Committee. Nothing more, nothing less.

*We warmly recommend you to visit the fantastic  Englishes-MOOC  written, produced and taught by the artist Nicoline van Harskamp. She introduced the term ‘Englishes’ to describe the global use of English between people who do not speak it as their first language. It refers to the multitude of emerging varieties of English, that may eventually replace its dominant strains. Englishes-MOOC is an online open course for everybody who is interested in the use of non-standard forms of English, no matter their own proficiency in that language.

Please note that the Dutch Immigration Office formally requires all holders of a passport from the People's Republic of China to acquire a Nuffic Certificate (formerly known as Neso-certificate) to be eligible for a Dutch entry visa and enrol in any Dutch English-taught study programme.


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 variety of praxes, experiences, intuitions and queering positions, a plurivocal band of great people whom we believe will be able to connect with each other in an interesting, deep way through shared artistic, political and theoretical sensibilities, struggles, and questions, rather than similarity in disciplines.

We recognise the fact that all of us have multiple identities (inherited, achieved, adopted). The DAI community wishes to be a space that cultivates awareness. We aim to have an oppression-free space. While we have this as a common goal, we acknowledge that this takes work. Some of the work has to do with, speaking up, developing language and deepening analyses of how systemic oppression operates, which allows us to better understand how we can change ourselves and our communities for the better.

We welcome practitioners who are eager to commit to this aspiration.

A "we" perhaps

DAI people (students, tutors, facilitators) ideally share:

*a reflective mind 

*a desire for theory and discourse

*a loving and caring embrace of the diverse and polyphonic classroom

*a committed interest in art as a space for free, yet answerable thinking and making

* a committed interest in art as a space for the exploration of collectivity / commoning as modus operandi

*a receptive but also responsible attitude towards the experimental and the contingent

*an amused appreciation of (soft, non-invasive, anti-colonial) spaceships and a hands on approach to some hardships as well as the many joys of communal life on board 

*a respectful and generous attitude towards both hosting and guesting

* DAI people ideally subscribe to the relevance and beauty of the concepts of

*care of the self (in the (divergent) non-liberal ways of Audre Lorde and Michel Foucault)

as well as 

*love of the world (Hannah Arendt, Édouard Glissant)

Read more about the positions we care for as extended family and as institution:


Rights, Care, Support

Last but not least

The DAI offers a unique and quite unruly program. As a Roaming Academy without a building and thus without fixed class rooms, let alone individual studio spaces, we are looking for highly motivated students who are willing to deal with the exciting, but also very specific, and challenging* working & living conditions evolving from our infrastructure. Our crew is keen to help students navigate back and forth between their homes and soft spaceship DAI, but our capacities and means are not without their limits. Our "Planetary Campus" is a conceptual space, welcoming yes, but without walls and without roof. Incoming students will not find their beds made up for them... even though, we do of course cater for your bed & meals during all real life DAI Weeks.

It is therefore of crucial importance to use the admissions trajectory as a serious exploration of our mutual interests; a check up on the realistic possibilities to make our relationship work.

We, from our part, are much looking forward to forthright and lively conversations with you.

* Our program requires you to travel to the (regularly changing) locations where our DAI-Weeks are accommodated and what is described as "exciting and challenging" may come across as a highly ableist approach to education. We are aware of that and we warmly welcome your questions in regard to accessibility and the support we (can) offer in that regard - under the above mentioned possibly limiting conditions there are still a lot of prospects for inclusion. Please write an e-mail to Rik Fernhout and we take it from there.


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