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Creative Strategies for a Society in Change

The minor Creative Strategies for a Society in Change (CSSC) 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.

CSSC 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 courses of CSSC involve theory and practice and offer both introductory and in-depth engagements. It is about acquiring theoretical insights into creative practices, but also about gaining understanding of those practices themselves, with opportunities for students to use creative processes in the preparation of the final work of the study components.

General questions are: how do artists and designers approach social problems? What visual, spatial, sonic, and performative strategies do they employ? What is the artistic and social value of that engagement, and what insights do they yield? Can these tactics be used in other contexts, and how? As a student, how can I expand my arsenal of working methods with these strategies and how can they be used in my future field of work?

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.

ACPA's electives in fine arts and design have proven to be a valuable part of university offerings. With this new minor we are taking an innovative, new step. The starting point is that students from all disciplines constantly use images in their daily lives, but hardly in their studies. Many don't just want to be passive image users; they want to better understand the effect of images and the impact of creative processes in order to explore how they can use these in their studies and work.

Maximum number of participants: 84

Prospectus number: 5000MCSSCN

Language of instruction: English

Registration: via EduXchange

LEI students 15 May (13:00hrs) to 4 July 2024

TUD and EUR students 15 May (13:00hrs) to 31 May 2024

Minor courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
The Essay Film in Theory and Practice - lecture series with film screenings 10
Cine-writing: Strategies of Essay Filmmaking - workgroup 5
Social and Ecological Activism in the Visual Arts – lecture series 10
Social and Ecological Activism in the Visual Arts – workgroup 5

More info


  • Extent: 30 EC (in semester 1)

  • Intended for: students from all disciplines

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Maximum number of participants: 84

  • Website: Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

  • Coordinator: Dhr. ir. R.T.W.L. (Rogier) Schneemann

  • Information: [Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (Humanities Faculty)](mailto:

  • Board of Examiners: Art History

  • Education Committee: Art History

  • Registration:
    LEI students 15 May (13:00hrs) to 4 July 2024
    TUD and EUR students 15 May (13:00hrs) to 31 May 2024
    Request an eduID account to register in EduXchange. On how to do this, watch Explore & register for your minor via eduXchange.

From July, register separately for the courses via MyStudymap (only applies to LEI students).


The programme of this minor allows for taking a partial minor of 15 EC, consisting of the two courses:

  • Exploring the Essay Film from theory and practice – film lecture series (10 EC)

  • Strategies of essay film making (5 EC)