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Strategies in Creative and Performing Arts


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree (completed)


The Strategies in Creative and Performing Arts course presents five different narratives each centering on a specific strategy instrumental to the creation of art. Each of these strategies is discipline independent and thereby connects the visual arts, music, literature, media art, and more. Furthermore, the strategies share similarities with strategies used in research. As such, the course shows different ways in which research and arts form continua.

The course contains two essay assignments. In the first essay the students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the presented narratives by creating a debate between a work presented in the lectures and another work of choice that leads to interesting similarities and differences between the two works seen from the perspective of the chosen presented narrative. As final assignment the students develop their own narratives for a 6th strategy regarding the creation of art. These narratives will have to be supported by multiple examples and just as the presented narratives they will have to be discipline independent.

Course objectives

  • To extend the student’s knowledge about art.

  • To develop playful ways in approaching art.

  • To build a foundation to approach research from an artistic perspective.

  • Develop creative research capabilities regarding various cultural contexts.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Lecture, Seminar

Assessment method

In order to complete the course, the students have to write two essays, actively engage in the course and adhere to the compulsory attendance.

The final grade of the course is based on the grades for the two essays (30%, 70%)

There is a possibility to do a retake for one of the two essays. This normally includes the creation of a fully new essay. The deadlines can be discussed with the lecturer on an individual basis.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this course. The course uses a diverse combination of material that is publicly available on the internet. This includes videos, audio files, images, texts, etc.
Links to the material are included on the course website after the presentation of each narrative.


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Contact the lecturer(s) for course specific questions, and the programme's coordinator for questions regarding admission and/or registration.


Elective, external and exchange students (other than Media Technology students) need to be admitted to the course before registration due to limited capacity. Contact the programme's coordinator to request admission; include a short description of your course interest and state your current study programme in your correspondence.