Syllabus 2022-2023

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During the introduction week of October 2022, DAI's faculty introduced both the formal as well as the curatorial framework for all seminars, study groups and their corresponding methods of 'working together' to the returning and incoming students.

DAI's academic year 2022-2023 will unravel during 7 physical gatherings coined as DAI-Weeks 1-9 (this also includes a double DAI Week at one location, namely the combined DAI Weeks 3+4 in Nida, and one online DAI Week in February).  

DAI Weeks Past

DAI Weeks Upcoming 

In between these intensive get-togethers, DAI students are expected to further their (artistic)research, to reflect and report on the DAI Week past and prepare for the next DAI-Week and to work on their written MA thesis. Students must spend a substantial number of hours on self-study as coined in the Education and Examination Regulations.

In this syllabus you will read more both about the formal aspects of study with DAI as well as be guided towards the actual content of the various Curriculum Components (scroll past the introduction to find them)


DAI's MA in Art Praxis study trajectory offers our students 3 distinctive curriculum components. First and second year students are required to take part in all 3 of them and will study and work together during DAI Weeks.

1.COOP study groups:

COOPs formal framework 2022-2023

COOP's curatorial framework 2022-2023

2.How To Do Things With Theory

HTDTWT's formal framework 2022-2023

HTDTWT's curatorial framework 2022-2023

3.Planetary Campus

Planetary Campus's formal framework 2022-2023

Planetary Campus's curatorial framework 2022-2023



Dutch Art Institute a.k.a. DAI Roaming Academy stands for the entirety of our program; including its public events, archives (see menu), alumni embassy, commisioned texts and so forth. The DAI fosters "study" and "research" by means of performance, reading, writing, voicing, making, listening, curating, commoning & conviviality. Study at DAI on a methodological level is conducted in entirely de-disciplined ways, but students and tutors, if compelled to, are welcome to join in and contribute with research evolving from their specific disciplinary backgrounds. With that in mind it is however relevant to appreciate that our program is critically positioned within the (versatile and porous) domain of 'contemporary art': its discourses and its discontents. Learn more about our Admission Requirements.


DAI Art Praxis stands for our accredited MA curriculum in which we all study at the intersections between practice and theory; in the academic year 2022-2023 described in the syllabus here at hand. 


Accreditation: DAI Art Praxis is a permaculture, a balanced, finely tuned blend of consistency and contingency that allows for a thoughtful integration of state-of-the-art research within the required competencies and learning objectives that come with our status as a fully accredited, so called Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design under Croho registration 49114 (read more here).


EER: the official Education & Examination Regulations in two parts; one deals with the institutional level and is written by the Central Exam Committee of the ArtEZ University of the Arts, while the other part is program led and written by DAI within a framework provided by the CEC. The detailed Education Exam Regulations 2022-2023 (a schematic version of the Syllabus that you are currently reading) are available to students at the log-in section of the ArtEZ University of the Arts website. In case of a conflict the official version published by ArtEZ will be leading.


ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System: a student's workload is measured in ECTS credits. ECTS are the standard across the European Union. One credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study. DAI students must 'earn' 120 EC credits before obtaining their MA certificate. ECTS credits are not related to a content based quality assesment. The latter comes with a separate testing program, as registered in the EER and described in this syllabus. Outcomes will be distributed towards the end of the academic year.


Duration. DAI Art Praxis is a a two year long study trajectory. Upon succesful conclusion, a total of 120 ECTS will be awarded to you, of which 60 ECTS have to be obtained during the first year of study. If, after two years of study, a student has not managed to positively conclude one (or more) curriculum components, it is possible to allow for additional time (in most cases this concerns solely the finalisation of the written thesis). Re-enrolment for (part of) a third year does not pose a problem, but students should be aware that a (partial) third year also means that the (partial) payment of tuition fees comes along with that.   


Full-Time. Please be aware that DAI is accredited as a full-time course with a fixed number of ECTS to be accredited to you after succesful completion of all 3 curriculum components. Thus there is also a fixed number of contact hours during DAI Weeks which you have to attend. They are divided over the 3 curriculum components, while a fixed amount of hours is required to be dedicated on self-study (also divided over the 3 curriculum components) outside of the DAI Week gatherings at the various locations.


Attendance, Absense and IRL = In Real Life (as opposed to online). Study hours are divided in contact hours and self-study hours. Accredited contact hours at DAI are always IRL. If you cannot be present during contact hours it is nevertheless recommended to try and follow the seminars and gatherings online, so that you keep yourself informed and updated. But please note that online attendance can NOT replace IRL attendance, and will NOT be counted for your ECTS. For each curriculum component 100% attendance is strongly recommended and 80% attendance is conditional for obtaining the required number of ECTS. This will be detailed with each curriculum component described below. If you cannot attend a DAI Week or part of a DAI Week even if this falls within the allowed 20% of your contact hours, you must follow the contact protocol


Competences: DAI as an accredited MA works within the guidelines of the Bologna Agreements and is therefore bound to make use of a  competence-based testing program in line with the so-called Dublin descriptors (the reason for drawing up these descriptors was the pursuit of study programmes of an equivalent level in the different countries of Europe. The Dublin descriptors show the differences between the qualifications for Associate Degree programmes, Bachelor programmes and those for Master programmes).

Our List of Competences is annually reviewed and (if necessary) updated by DAI's two Education Team Leaders, two members of the student COUNCIL in close and ongoing conversation with tutors, students, the senior learning co-ordinator study trajectory and the head of program. See the DAI-specific list of competences.


Pedagogy: DAI explicitly asks its faculty to work with the students based on reciprocity. The tutors fuel and underpin a ‘curated class,’ initially departing from their own research and study interests, while the students are invited to contribute to the conversation with their own (artistic) research. Both students and tutors are expected to be open to new questions and to new insights – tutors take on leading roles, but can occasionally delegate this duty to students. Both students and tutors are invited to make use of the DAI's specific learning environment to further their own research around topics and things that matter (to them). DAI considers this to be a crucial aspect of its mission: no top down "know-all knowledge transmission", but thinking and studying together towards lively, open-ended ( group or individual) works. In addition to the collective work sessions and seminars, face to face advisory meetings geared towards tailor made support for individual students, will also be organized within the framework of the curriculum.