Practicum Artium electives are a one-year programme organised by the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA), a collaboration between Leiden University, the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire.

The Practicum Artium electives are exclusively developed for students of Leiden University.

Practicum Artium (PA) is specially developed for students of Leiden University with a talent for visual arts and an interest in artistic research. Art and research feed on one another and are intertwined in many ways. In Practicum Artium, you will explore artistic practices and methods, and connect these to your academic studies. By becoming acquainted with materials, techniques, and aesthetics, you will learn to visually express and critically reflect on your (academic) ideas.


  • Drawing Dimensions
    Teacher: Marieke Zwart
  • Crafting Meaning with Colour: Painting in Practice and Context
    Teacher: Tanja Smit
  • Photography: Visual Conversations
    Teacher: Nadine Stijns
  • Graphic Design: Conducting Narratives
    Teacher: Yin Yin Wong

For further information about these electives please visit the prospectus of Leiden University.

Apply for the academic year 2021/22

You follow the PA programme for one full year and receive 10 credits if you passed the course. The programme is divided into two semesters, after each semester there is a final assessment and evaluation.

If you like to attend one of these electives you need to create an account in our online application system Osiris and follow the application procedure described below.

Applications open on 18 June 2021 and you can apply up to 15 of August 2021.

Application process ACPA Practicum Artium

You can register for the academic year 2021-2022 by making an account in our online application portal Osiris:

The deadline for application is 15 August 2021.

Please upload the required documents (digital portfolio and motivation letter) in Osiris. On the website of Leiden University, you may find a description of the specific requirements for each course.

Once your file is complete it will be handed over to the admission committee. The admission committee will make a decision within a week after the application deadline of the 15th of August.

A selection of candidates will receive an invitation for an interview, scheduled on (date to be announced soon). The date of the interview is non-negotiable. If you cannot free yourself for the interview, your application will be canceled.

Once you’re admitted to the course, we need digital copies of the following documents to complete your admission:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Proof of enrolment for the study year 2021-2022 from Leiden University
  • A profile picture*

* Please make sure to upload your profile picture no later than (date to be announced) to our online application portal Osiris.