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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)


ACPA offers electives in visual arts, music or music philosophy. As a student of Leiden University or the University of the Arts The Hague* you can choose these electives offered by ACPA.


In each BA or MA degree programme you have the opportunity to follow elective courses. You can choose an elective course that completes or deepens your study or you choose an elective that fits your other interests. For example visual arts, music or music philosophy.


The electives cover the different disciplines in art and music. Courses such as Music Cognition, Music - Philosophy - Politics, Music x Technology, and Popular and Global Music link music to philosophy, psychology, rhetoric and even Artificial Intelligence.

Are you more into visual arts and performance arts? The Art and Practice of Public Speaking: an exploration of historical techniques introduces you to historical techniques of public speaking and you practice speaking in public. In Performance Arts ― Public Sphere ― Post-Political?, you delve into the political philosophy of modernist music theatre. In Art and Self in the Age of Consumerismyou learn to connect important contemporary developments in the visual arts with social changes of recent decades.

Do you want to immerse yourself in film? Then the courses Film as Discourse and Gilles Deleuze’s Time-image In Theory And Practice: An Introduction To Modern Political Cinema are for you.

Our electives are taught by musicians, artists, lecturers and professors from the Netherlands and abroad: lecturers who have earned their spurs in scientifi c and artistic practice. The courses are taught in English and are open to all bachelor’s, master’s and pre-master’s students from Leiden University. There are no additional costs.


Take a look in the Studyguide for our selection of electives!

*Royal Conservatoire/Royal Academy of Art


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