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Programme Description

This is the first undergraduate programme in Hong Kong to offer arts management and cultural studies 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 (for Year 1 Entry)
2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)
JS8636 (Music)
JS8648 (Visual Arts)
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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 artist (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.

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Programme Structure

For Year-1 Entrants

Components Credit Points (cps)
- Coursework 45
- Regional Summer Institute 3
- Internship 6
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project) 6
Electives / Minor 27
General Education  
- Foundation Course 22
- Breadth Courses
- Experiential Learning
- University ePortfolio
Language Enhancement 9
Total: 121


For Senior Year Entrants

Components Credit Points (cps)
- Coursework 24
- Internship 6
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project) 6
Electives / Minor 15
General Education  
- Breadth Courses / Experiential Learning 6
- University ePortfolio
Total: 60

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Major Course List

Foundation Courses
  • Foundation Seminar in the Arts
  • Exploring Visual Arts (for Music students only)
  • Gateway to Music (for Visual Arts students only)
  • Moving into the Dancing World
  • Theatre and Stage Art
Compulsory Courses: Cultural Studies and Arts Management
  • Contextual Studies of Creative Arts
  • Contemporary Aesthetics and Cultural Studies
  • Arts Administration and Management I
  • Arts Administration and Management II

Compulsory Courses: Subject Focus (Music)

  • Creative Musicking
  • Communication and Performance Practice
  • Traditions and Practices of Music I
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Traditions and Practices of Music II

Compulsory Courses: Subject Focus (Visual Arts)

  • Drawing for Visualization and Experimentation
  • Function and Expression in Ceramics
  • Painting as Expression and Identity
  • Digital Imaging and Interactive Media
  • Sculpture, Installation and Environmental Art
Major Elective Courses*
  • Hong Konger: Art and Music
  • Art, Music, Media and Technology
  • Applied Music and Design
  • Issues in Modernism and Modernity
  • Arts and Human Development
  • Dance with a Voice
  • Introduction to Cantonese Opera
  • The Chinese Narrative: Art and Music
  • Interdisciplinary Theatre Production
  • Sustainable Development and Policy
Student Experiential Learning Courses
  • Regional Summer Institute
  • Internship

Major Interdisciplinary Course

  • Cultural Development for Diversity in the Global Context

* For Year-1 Entrants: Choose 3 out 10 courses
  For Senior Year Entrants: Choose 2 out of 10 courses

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Major Studies

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

  • Music
  • 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.

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.

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Regional Summer Institute

The Regional Summer Institute (RSI) is a required component of the programme providing students a valuable opportunity to put into practice the research skills they have learnt to engage in a small-scale group project. It is a up to two-week intensive study programme to be held yearly in different parts of the world. 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
  • BANQ makerspace workshop
  • Biodome
  • Jazz Festival
  • Montreal Botanical Garden
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • McCord Museum
  • Old Montreal
  • Old Port
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
  • Sound-based workshop in the Fonfon lab
Auckland, New Zealand, 2018
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Auckland Council Arts & Culture programming team sharing & site visits
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Devonport
  • Glass studio- Mon mouth
  • Gow Langsford Art Gallery
  • Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Cave
  • Māori Performance with workshops
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • University of Auckland
  • Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Barcelona, Spain, 2017

  • Barcelona Music Museum
  • Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Casa Asia at the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
  • Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Picasso
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • La Rambla
  • La Sagrada Família
  • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Mercado de La Bouqueria
  • Museu Picasso
  • Park Güell
  • Palau Güell
  • Poble Espanyol
  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
Berlin, Germany, 2016
  • Bauhaus-Archiv Museum Of Design
  • Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Eastside Gallery
  • German Resistance Memorial (Gedenkstaette Deutscher Widerstand)
  • Holocaust Memorial (Field Of Stelae)
  • Jewish Museum
  • New Wing Of Charlottenburg Palace And Palace Garden
  • The New Museum
  • The Topography Of Terror Museum
  • The Wall Museum
  • Treptow Park (Public Park And Garden)
  • Wall Memorial - Ruins Of Berlin Wall
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2015
  • Amsterdam Marionette Theatre
  • Boijmans Van Benuingen Museum
  • Concertgebouw Amsterdam
  • De Appel Art Centre
  • Dutch National Opera Backstage
  • Kijk Kubus
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
  • Theater Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh Museum
Croatia, 2014
  • Gavella Drama Theatre
  • Lotrscak Tower
  • Mimara Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • National Park in Plitvice
  • Sea Organ
  • Trakoscan Castle
  • Zagreb Funicular
Singapore, 2013
  • Asian Civilizations Museum
  • Esplanade
  • Goodman Arts Centre
  • Malay Heritage Centre
  • National Institute of Education
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • National Arts Council
  • Singapore Chinese Orchestra
  • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
  • The Arts House
  • The Substation
Taiwan, 2012
  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park(華山1914文化創意產業園區)
  • National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan, College of the Arts and College of Indigenous Studies(國立東華大學藝術學院及原住民民族學院)
  • National Theater and Concert Hall (國立中正文化中心)
  • NTNU Graduate Institute of Performing Arts(國立臺灣師範大學表演藝術研究所)
  • Seminar by Cloud Gate 2 Dance Theatre of Taiwan(雲門舞集2講座)
  • International Conference on Xingjian Gao, Nobel Prize for Literature -(「與大師對話-高行健的跨越」學術研討會)
  • The Red House(西門紅樓)
  • Various Arts and Cultural Spaces in Jinguashi and Jioufen(金瓜石與九份等地藝文空間)

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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 2021

Local: Artiste Studio; Asia Pacific Percussion Society; Crafts on Peel; Dais Academy of Music; Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble; Guitar Concept; Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra; Hong Kong Visual Arts Society; Jam Island Theatre; Jolly EDU (Jolly Music Chi Lok); LeeHouse;  Maroon Pudding Production Limited; Orlina Development Limited; Shinywinds Company Limited; Sing Square Studio; Starlit Voice; Theatre Dojo

Mainland China: Great Art Space; Palace Museum Press; Tencent Holdings Limited

Other Collaborating Internship Organisations

Local: 48 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; 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; Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired; Education Bureau; Eldage Limited; F11 Foto Museum; Flower Music; Gip Percussion Ensemble; 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 Maritime Museum; 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 Youth Arts Foundation; Hulu Culture Ltd; International Craftsmen Association Limited; Jao Tsung-I Academy; Japanese International School; Jones Production Limited; Jovens;JUMBO KIDS CO.LTD; KG Group; Leisure and Cultural Services Development (Audience Building Office, Entertainment Office, Festivals Office, Yuen Long Theatre and Tuen Mun Town Hall); Lucie Chang Fine Arts; Mine production company; Miso Tech Co Ltd; Music 2000; Music for Life; Musica Viva Limited; O.D.O ENGINEERING; Opera Hong Kong; 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; SingFest Limited; Singing Cicadas; St. Hilary’s Primary School; St. James Settlement; 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 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); 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.

Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)

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.

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Electives / Minor

For the electives / minor domain, students can freely take a wide range of elective courses offered by the University. Students may also study a Minor (totaling 15 cps) from among the Minor choices available within the University.

General Education

GE Domain Credit Points (cps)
GE Foundation Course 4
GE Breadth Courses  
GE Breadth Learning Strands 3
Positive and Values Education Course 3
GE Interdisciplinary Course 3
Experiential Learning  
Co-curricular and Service Learning Course 3
Experiential Learning Course 3
University ePortfolio 3
Total: 22

Language Enhancement

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.

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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 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 and 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 recent 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, Yat Po Singers Limited, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Ballet, K11 Art Foundation, Theatre Space, Design Trust, etc.

As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.