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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

Mission and Vision of ACPA

ACPA brings art practices and academic research together in a programme that enhances both cutting-edge practice and blue-sky research.

ACPA will advance to the central node in Europe for artistic research in visual arts, design, music, sound art and related art fields, attracting advanced scholars and practitioners and the most promising PhD candidates. 

ACPA facilitates disciplinary and interdisciplinary artistic research at the PhD and postdoc level; research that originates from artistic practice, is guided by that practice, and brings about new artistic work and insights, which might have a bearing on who we are and how we relate to the world and other people. ACPA will thereby touch upon current practices and discourses in the art world, nationally and internationally, and connect to front line developments in social science, humanities and science and technology, within and outside Leiden University. 

ACPA aims at students, artists and scholars curious about or active in the exciting domain of research in the arts, where art and academia meet. It offers a programme of seminars for BA, MA and PhD candidates at Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague. ACPA will thereby make a difference to the cultures of research and education at the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy in The Hague and to those at Leiden University. It will have an impact on society through transdisciplinary research, outreach activities and connections with local and national cultural institutes and initiatives.

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