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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)


Research in the arts at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)  

At ACPA, musicians, visual artists and designers work on research in relation to their own artistic practice. Artist-researchers develop in making and doing new insights, methods and products. At the same time they are working on the theoretical foundation of their work, which often results in new works of art. The aim of the artistic research is to contribute to what we know, understand and experience. 


An important part of the working of ACPA is the doctoral programme: for artists it is possible to conduct PhD research at Leiden University.

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is a research institute within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. The connection with the three founding institutes (Leiden University, Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague) makes it a unique collaboration and offers its researchers the best of both worlds: expertise in both artistic and academic fields, a broad network of specialists thanks to Leiden University and University of the Arts The Hague, and strongly connected to international developments (e.g. through the Society of Artistic Research).

Research Projects

If you would like to know a bit more about ACPA's research projects, please go to the PhD Project-page of the Leiden University. Here you can read short summaries of the different kinds of research of ACPA's PhD candidates.

Current and Prospective PhD candidates

The Graduate School of the Leiden University Faculty of Humanities offers advanced degrees spanning the humanities, including the creative and performing arts. On their website the Graduate School offers a wide range of information for both prospective as well as current PhD candidates. There you will find information a.o. how to start your PhD at Humanities in Leiden but also how to prepare for the defence ceremony

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