This is the first undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offer arts management and cultural studies components to complement discipline-based training in the creative arts. It aims to develop community-based artists who are able to work across a range of established art forms and contribute to the promotion and development of the arts and arts education in the local, regional, and international cultural and creative industries. Students will focus on one core arts discipline of either Music or Visual Arts.
|Study Mode||Normal Period of Study||JUPAS Code||EdUHK Programme Code|
|Full-time||4 Years (Year 1 Admissions)
2 Years (Senior Year Admissions)
JS8648 (Visual Arts)
|Enquiry (Admissions)||Programme Leader / Enquiry (Programme)||Download Leaflet||Programme Webpage|
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|Dr Eileen Lam
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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture – BA(CAC) programme has two streams: Music and Visual Arts. Although the two streams have a considerable number of elements in common, each stream is treated as an independent choice for the purpose of admission.
What is Community-based Artists (CBA)
The significance of developing our students as community-based artists (CBA) is twofold. First, the programme aims to nurture graduates who are artistically and culturally cognizant, i.e. possessing the ability to appreciate the artistic expressions of different cultures. These graduates are expected to commit themselves to developing and promoting the Arts across different contexts and settings. In addition to this commitment, our graduates are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and understandings gained from the programme to help make the Arts more accessible and welcomed in their own communities. With their own strengths and expertise, each graduate will contribute as a CBA in their own unique way.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:
- PILO1: understand and interpret the arts and cultures from diverse theoretical and practical perspectives;
- PILO2: express and create through musical, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts practices;
- PILO3: make connections across the arts, related academic disciplines and cultural contexts in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world;
- PILO4: reflect on and make reasoned analysis critically of the needs and issues relevant to the cultural and creative industries; and
- PILO5: work ethically and professionally in supporting arts education and arts administration by upholding moral values and integrity.
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|Year 1 Admissions||Senior Year Admissions|
|Regional Summer Institute Note(2)||3||/|
|Cross-Faculty Core Course Note(3)||3||/|
|Major Interdisciplinary Course||3||3|
|Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)||6||6|
|Minor / Electives||27||15|
(1) Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / North Point Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.
(2) For Year 1 Admissions only: Students admitted into this programme are required to participate in the Regional Summer Institute (RSI) and contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the RSI in order to complete the programme.
(3) For Year 1 Admissions only: Students admitted into this programme starting from the 2023/24 cohort are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for a short trip (e.g. 1-day or 2-day 1-night trip) in order to complete the Cross-Faculty Core Course. While the GBA trip is heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute 18% of the estimated cost of the trip ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the GBA trip for students admitted to the 2023/24 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the GBA trip as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.
Major Course List#
|Compulsory Courses: Cultural Studies and Arts Management
Compulsory Courses: Subject Focus (Music)
Compulsory Courses: Subject Focus (Visual Arts)
|Major Elective Courses*
|Student Experiential Learning Courses
Major Interdisciplinary Course
* Year 1 Admissions: Choose 3 out 10 courses
Senior Year Admissions: Choose 2 out of 10 courses
# The course list is subject to change and approval
Foundation Courses first introduce students to a variety of art forms in addition to the core art form in which they will specialise, i.e., music or visual arts. That includes performing arts (dance, theatre and drama), music and visual arts.
Compulsory Courses are progressive in nature and comprise five courses of Subject Focus and four courses in Cultural Studies and Arts Management. Students may choose either of the following as their Subject Focus on their entries
- Visual Arts
The five Music/Visual Arts courses are designed to strike a balance between breadth and depth and to sharpen students' skills and knowledge in either arena. These courses help to consolidate students' understanding of the "core" art form, both theoretically and practically.
The four Cultural Studies and Arts Management courses emphasise the significance of the arts and creativity, cultural literacy, and arts management, and the interconnectedness between related disciplines beyond the arts.
The Cross-Faculty Core Course (CFCC) will comprise 3 individual components with 1 credit point each and separately assessed with the aim to widen students’ horizon and look beyond Hong Kong. In Component I, lectures with topics related to Basic Law / National Security will be arranged; in Component II, students will have the opportunities to undertake visits in Greater Bay Area; in Component III, a variety of themes which are linked to the University’s development niche areas will be offered by Faculties.
Major Elective Courses
Students can select from a spectrum of Major Elective Courses, which accommodate Music, Visual Arts and address relevant issues concerning the arts in a variety of contexts and settings. These courses treat the arts as an expression of culture, and adopt an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, underpinned by the belief that arts relate closely to studies in other disciplines.
Regional Summer Institute
The Regional Summer Institute (RSI) provides students with a valuable opportunity to experience regional/international exchange, broaden their horizon and be engaged in an up to two-week intensive and dynamic study programme to be held in different parts of the world. RSI involves lectures, discussions, field visits, and professional visits to NGOs, arts and cultural organisations, and social service agencies in selected societies. Students will also complete a small-scale research project, enabling them to put their knowledge acquired into practice, as well as developing their research and intercultural communication skills. In previous years, RSI was held in Montreal, Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Croatia, Singapore and Taiwan.
|Destination||Organisations and Cultural/Historical Sites that were visited|
|Montreal, Canada, 2019||
|Auckland, New Zealand, 2018||
Barcelona, Spain, 2017
|Berlin, Germany, 2016||
|Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2015||
Students can further cultivate skills and knowledge developed during coursework by participating in an Internship in a relevant organisation or company within the cultural and creative industries. Through this work-based experience, students can have first-hand exposure to the operations of an organisation, and reflect on the practices in the real working environment. Currently, the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts is collaborating with over 100 local and overseas arts and cultural organisations including:
New Internship Organisations in 2022
Local: Beyond Vision International; Bear Music Ltd; Crazy Entertainment Limited; Piano Arts Service Limited; Minimal Funeral Limited; Red Wedding; Unlock Dancing Plaza
Mainland China: JUJO (巨蕉文化創意有限公司)
Other Collaborating Internship Organisations
Local: 48 Studio; Artiste Studio; Access Universe; Altar Studio Limited; ALTRGO Limited, Apple Tree Music Publishing Limited ;Art & Antique International Fair Ltd ; Art Roof Top Limited; Art Together Limited; Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong; Asia Art Archive; Asia Society Hong Kong Center; Asia Pacific Percussion Society; Azure Seas Cantonese Traditional Theatre; C&G Artpartment; Chiczando Concept & Culture Limited; Chung Ying Theatre; City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; City Contemporary Dance Company; CreativeKids International Limited; Dais Academy of Music; Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired; Education Bureau; Eldage Limited; F11 Foto Museum; Flower Music; Gip Percussion Ensemble; Guitar Concept; Halo Design Studio; Happy Diamond Music; Haw Par Music; HeearMusic; HKALPS LIMITED; Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association; Hong Kong Arts Centre; Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd; Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; Hong Kong Drama/ Theatre and Education Forum; Hong Kong Composers' Guild Limited; Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services; Hong Kong Dance Company; Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble; Hong Kong Maritime Museum; Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra; Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association; Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited; Hong Kong Society For Art And Charity Limited; Hong Kong Society for Education In Art; Hong Kong String Orchestra; Hong Kong Symphony Society; Hong Kong Treble Choir Ltd.; Hong Kong Visual Arts Society; Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation; Hulu Culture Ltd; International Craftsmen Association Limited; Jam Island Theatre; Jao Tsung-I Academy; Japanese International School; Jolly EDU (Jolly Music Chi Lok); Jones Production Limited; Jovens;JUMBO KIDS CO.LTD; KG Group; LeeHouse; Leisure and Cultural Services Development (Audience Building Office, Entertainment Office, Festivals Office, Yuen Long Theatre and Tuen Mun Town Hall); Lucie Chang Fine Arts; Maroon Pudding Production Limited; Mine production company; Miso Tech Co Ltd; Music 2000; Music for Life; Musica Viva Limited; O.D.O ENGINEERING; Opera Hong Kong; Orlina Development Limited; Parkland Music Institute; Parsons Music Corporation; Paul Phoenix Academy; Playnote Limited; Premiere Performances of Hong Kong; Pure Music; Read-Cycling; School of Everyday Life; Shinemusic; Shinywinds Company Limited; Sing Square Studio; SingFest Limited; Singing Cicadas; St. Hilary’s Primary School; St. James Settlement; Starlit Voice; Sunday Morning Music Limited; TapTab Education Technologies by beNovelty Limited; Tai Kwun Contemporary; The Cantonese Opera Advancement Association Limited; The Hong Kong Children's Musical Theatre Ltd.; The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; The Silver Club and Silver Academy of Music; The Warehouse Teenage Club Limited; Theatre Dojo; Theatre Ronin Limited; Toolbox Percussion; Tom Lee Music Company Limited; Trueplus photography; TUTMusic Ltd.; Videotage; World Youth and Children Choral Artists' Association; Wind Mill Grass Theatre; World Wide Fund for Nature; Yao Jue Music Academy Limited; Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association Limited; Yat Po Singers
Overseas & Mainland China: Walboomers Music (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Great Art Space (Mainland China); Palace Museum Press(Mainland China) ; Tencent Holdings Limited(Mainland China) ;首都博物館 (Mainland China); 宋慶齡同志故居 (Mainland China);電影博物館 (Mainland China); 中國美術館 (Mainland China); 中華世紀壇世界藝術館 (Mainland China); 國家圖書館 (Mainland China); 文化部恭王府管理中心 (Mainland China); 梅蘭芳大劇院(Mainland China); 中國國家博物館 (Mainland China); 中國現代文學館 (Mainland China); 文化部恭王府管理中心 (Mainland China); 北京自然博物館 (Mainland China); 故宮博物院 (Mainland China); 魯迅博物館 (Mainland China); 北京市學聯 (Mainland China); 石景山區八角街道辦事處 (Mainland China); 中國國際廣播電台 (Mainland China); 中國電影藝術研究中心 (Mainland China); 徐匯藝術館 (Mainland China); 粹空間 (Mainland China); 中央芭蕾舞團 (Mainland China); 中國國家話劇院(Mainland China); Digital Art Center Taipei (Taiwan); 1300 Taiwan Fine Porcelain (Taiwan); 台北寶藏巖國際藝術村 (Taiwan)
Major Interdisciplinary Course
Student will engage in examining the policy discussions and practices that affect culture ecology, stimulate local cultural expression, as well as foster communication and exchange between different cultures. This course will also explain the role of arts and culture in the context of globalization and in the current debates on culture and development.
The Final Year Project comprises of two courses:
- Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
- Honours Project II: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output
Students can opt for an Honours Project or a Capstone Project as their Final Year Project.
Students can choose a wide range of courses offered by the University as Minor and/or electives to suit their career aspirations and interests.
The EdUHK’s General Education programme prepares students to be active agents of change, by broadening their intellectual horizons, helping them make connections among different areas of knowledge and between their formal studies and life outside the classroom, and strengthening their capacity for sound thinking and good judgement. It offers a varied but balanced mix of individual courses across a range of subject areas and disciplines, set within an integrated structure of (i) General Education Foundation Course, (ii) General Education Breadth Courses, (iii) Experiential Learning, and (iv) University ePortfolio with a total of 22 credit points (cps).
i. General Education Foundation Course (4 cps)
General Education Foundation Course (GEFC) is a 4-cp course that will run for the whole academic year, and be taken by all first-year students at EdUHK. This course will equip students with the diverse knowledge-bases and skills for their intellectual and professional developments in local, national and global contexts. In Semester 1, there will be a series of lectures and/or workshops on selected themes and topics (e.g. University life planning, research and inquiry, Basic Law, national security, professionalism, ethics etc.,). In Semester 2, students will be introduced to a wide variety of themes and issues in general education (e.g. language, well-being, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, conservation etc.,) by taking part in the lectures delivered by Chair Professors / Professors and external Guest Lecturers. These lectures are substantiated by small class tutorials for building communities of dialogue and inquiry that foster the intellectual growth of students as reflective thinkers deliberating issues of importance to their own lives, society and the world as a whole.
In addition to the face-to-face lectures, video lectures will be arranged as appropriate to allow students to learn flexibly at their own paces. As a unique feature of the course, e-Learning assessments and a reflective entry of their learning experiences will be submitted by students after lectures and become an important part of the e-Portfolio. The online learning activities and tasks will encourage students to reflect and think critically on various themes and issues based on learning artefacts and experiences, thereby, charting the paths for their personal, intellectual and professional developments.
ii. General Education Breadth Courses (9 cps)
Under the new curriculum (from 2019/20 onwards), the General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs) (9 cps) are composed of General Education Breadth Learning Strands (1-3) (GELS) (Level 1-2), Positive and Values Education (PAVE) Course and General Education Interdisciplinary Course (GEIC) (Level 4). Students have to take one from each of the components in order to fulfill the GEBCs (9 cps) requirement.
These courses aim to equip students better for the study of the ontological, epistemological and/or methodological issues in a wide variety of disciplines. In addition, a new 3-cp GEIC (Level 4) will be offered on cross-faculty basis for students from Year 2 Semester 2 to Year 3 Semester 1, in order to enable them to appreciate the complexity of issues and problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries and to make sense of them through dialogues across disciplines.
Students are allowed to take GELS and/or PAVE Course(s) after the completion of GEFC or concurrently with GEFC in Year 1 Semester 2 if they are interested and their curriculum schedules allow. After the completion of any GELS/PAVE Course, students are allowed to take the GEIC from Year 2 Semester 2 to Year 3 Semester 1.
iii. Experiential Learning (6 cps)
Experiential Learning (EL) is composed of a 3-cp Co-curricular Service Learning Course (CSLC) and a 3-cp Experiential Learning Course (ELC) which will be offered by departments under the GE domain. Students have to take one of each component for fulfilling the EL (6 cps) requirement. The 3-cp CSLC provides students with an opportunity to engage in learning in action and through co-curricular learning activities with direct service elements in real-life or work-place context while complementing, connecting with, and mirroring their learning experiences derived from formal curriculum.
The 3-cp ELC encourages students to learn through experimentation, observation, reflection and (re-) conceptualization while undertaking a wide variety of activities, such as creative work, field studies, projects, thematic overseas trips, outward-bound training, etc. These courses enrich students’ learning experiences and skills through learning, thinking and reflecting on practice, in practice and for practice, while exposing them to authentic and real-life contexts.
CSLCs will be made available for all undergraduate students to be taken starting from Year 1 and completed before the final year. On the other hand, undergraduate students are required to take the compulsory Experiential Learning Course (ELC) on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I)” (3 cps) in Year 2 (the study semester will be assigned by GEO) so as to increase students’ awareness of entrepreneurship as a process and strengthen their self-efficacy beliefs and confidence to complete entrepreneurial tasks; provide students with concrete experience for proposal and reflection in “entrepreneurship models/ phases” and/or “innovation as taking a new approach to solving a problem”; and equip students with competencies and experiences that enable them to initiate/ participate in entrepreneurial value-creating processes.
iv. University ePortfolio (3 cps)
University ePortfolio is a 3-cp “capstone” course which requires students, when they are approaching the end of their undergraduate studies, to reflect critically on their learning experience within General Education in their disciplinary, professional and co-curricular studies, as well as in their lives beyond graduation, and, to develop an integrated view of how and where they position themselves with respect to their future goals, plans, and aspirations. Students will prepare and submit an annotated University ePortfolio based on their experiences, reflections and stored artefacts from their undergraduate studies. Students are encouraged to keep electronic (soft) copies of all their coursework material starting with the completion of the GEFC for potential inclusion in the University ePortfolio.
The course will enable students to synthesise their learning experiences, by reflecting critically on the value and significance of what they have learned, making connections to their lives, and imagining their own futures.
Students are allowed to take the University ePortfolio course after completion of all the GEBCs required (i.e. GELS, PAVE, GEIC). Also, they have to take the course in the semester of study assigned by individual programmes.
For Senior Year Admissions
Students admitted to Year 3 in 2023/24 are only required to complete 6 cps in total for General Education. Students are required to take ONE course from either Experiential Learning (EL) or General Education Breadth Courses (GEBCs); and ONE University ePortfolio course.
For detailed information and the course synopsis about General Education courses, please visit the website at www.eduhk.hk/geo.
Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese (including Putonghua). To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of mandatory credit-bearing and mandatory non-credit bearing language enhancement activities, amounting to no less than 297 hours of taught courses and documented self-access study. This comprises 138 hours of English (including two 3-cp courses), 99 hours of Chinese (including one 3-cp course), and 60 hours of Putonghua, over the four years of the programme. The language enhancement package requires students to make use of the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre (ASLLC) and related facilities available on the Tai Po campus.
Students may be exempted from selected Chinese, English or Putonghua courses in the package if they have fulfilled the exemption criteria of individual courses.
Non-Cantonese-speaking students will be required to study two non-credit bearing Cantonese courses. English-speaking students can study Cantonese and Putonghua courses.
Senior year entry students will be exempted from the language enhancement courses.
Medium of Instruction
The programme will mainly be conducted in English. Most of the Major courses will be taught in English. For some non-Major courses, Putonghua or Cantonese will be adopted as the medium of instruction when the language is considered to be the most effective for teaching.
Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications
Due to the rapid growth of the cultural and creative industries in Asia and increased regional competition, there is great demand for cultural expertise who are creative, multi-skilled, flexible, resourceful, ethical and competent to work in fields requiring multi-tasking beyond their major area of studies. Thus, qualified graduates with interdisciplinary training, knowledge in cross-arts issues and management as well as cultural literacy are in high demand. Graduates will be prepared for a range of possible employment in the cultural and creative industries, the commercial sector, the media, the government and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training or to undertake further studies locally or overseas. The graduates have been working at various private and public organisations, such as 100 Most, Baron School of Music, Chung Ying Theatre Company, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Lumenvisum, The Mills Gallery, Ming Pao Daily News, Moon Gallery, Microsoft, The Pottery Workshop at Jingdezhen, Theatre Ronin, The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, MTR Corporation Limited, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Yat Po Singers Limited, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Ballet, K11 Art Foundation, Theatre Space, Design Trust, etc.