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The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is a research institute. It is one of the seven institutes within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and is closely connected to the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

ACPA offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and designers the opportunity to do PhD research in and through artistic practice. ACPA also offers education in the arts for Leiden University students, and provides academic electives for students of the University of the Arts The Hague.