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ACPA offers new minor in collaboration with Filmhuis Den Haag

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) offers a new minor from September 2022: Creative Strategies for a Society in Change (CSSC).

The minor makes a connection between gaining insight into creative processes and exploring social issues that characterize our time. The perspective is that of the visual arts disciplines, including film and design. The thematic emphasis is on broad social developments and urgencies that involve a multitude of topics, such as migration, climate change, decolonial and anti-racist struggles, or gender and feminist politics, to name a few.

Film Essay and Social Justice Activism

In four courses  the CSSC minor considers these developments from the perspective of filmmakers, artists and designers and takes their work as a starting point for reflection. Two ways of working are central: the film essay on the one hand, and social justice activism in the visual arts on the other. Typical for the CSSC minor is the active involvement of artists; lectures will be given by both theorists and artists.

The four courses are: The Essay Film in Theory and Practice - lecture series with film screenings; Cine-writing: Strategies of Essay Filmmaking - workgroup; Social Justice Activism in the Visual Arts - lecture series and Social Justice Activism in the Visual Arts - workgroup. 

Filmhuis Den Haag

The minor is a collaboration with Filmhuis Den Haag. All lectures on the essay film and corresponding film screenings will take place in the main auditorium of the Filmhuis.


Registration is possible from 2 May via the Leiden University Study Guide.

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