As an MA-student at the DAI you can boast an energetic, inventive, artistically and intellectually engaging praxis, as beginning or emerging maker, performer, writer, curator or, and this is often the case, a hybrid of these. You may have a background in visual art, performance, theory, sound, science, theatre, spoken word, architecture, film, dance, choreography, design or another relevant (or irrelevant in light of your current praxis) domain. At the DAI we study at the intersection of art and theory. We offer an entirely de-disciplined curriculum, yet critically embedded in contemporary art's discourse.
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@the overriding 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. But it is the official Exam Committee of the ArtEZ University of the Arts which holds the unique 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 Fighting Bureaucracy is our middle name:)).
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 holders of a passport from the People's Republic of China have to get 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 diversity of praxes, experiences and positions, a plurivocal band of great people whom we believe will be able to connect with each other in an interesting way through shared philosophical questions, artistic intuitions and political sensibilities, rather than similarity in backgrounds.
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
Students (and tutors) at the DAI 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 and responsible attitude towards the experimental and the contingent
*an amused appreciation of (soft !) spaceships and communal life on board.
*a respectful, responsible, generous and joyful attitude towards both hosting and guesting
Students (and tutors) ideally subscribe to the relevance and beauty of the concepts of
*care of the self (Audre Lorde, Michel Foucault)
as well as
*love of the world (Hannah Arendt, Édouard Glissant)
Last but not least
The DAI offers a unique and quite experimental 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 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.