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.
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.
Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:
Creative Arts and Culture Foundation Courses provide students with an overview of the arts as an integrated and creative field of study before proceeding to advanced studies in music and/or visual arts.
Student Experiential Learning Courses provide a platform for students to appreciate cross-cultural studies and enhance their international outlook through participation in a range of activities, including regional/international academic exchanges, immersion programmes, exhibitions or stage performances, Creative Arts and Culture Internship, and international summer projects.
A Multi- and Interdisciplinary Approach is adopted for Foundation Courses, Compulsory Courses and Major Elective Courses of the Major. These courses are designed to be taught using an integrative approach and making interdisciplinary connections as far as possible.
Study of the Arts is a key feature of this programme, thus enabling students to focus on at least one core art form, but with linkages to others.
Diversified Post-graduation Pathways are open to our graduates. With specialised study in Music and/or Visual Arts being complemented with studies in the relevant fields of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business, graduates are prepared for a range of careers in the cultural and creative industries. They may also choose to pursue a teaching career by completing an additional year of professional teacher training (e.g., the PGDE) or to undertake further studies locally or overseas.
The Creative Arts and Culture Internship Programme offers internship placements for students to gain first-hand experience in working for potential employers in the cultural and creative industries, such as government departments, private sector, NGOs and international corporations.
|Component||Credit Points (cps)|
|Creative Arts and Culture Major||Foundation Courses||9 cps|
Cultural and Arts Management
Subject Focus – Music / Visual Arts
|Major Elective Courses||9 cps|
|Regional Summer Institute||3 cps|
|Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)||6 cps|
|Electives (including optional Minor)||27 cps|
|General Education||22 cps|
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.
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 five courses in Cultural Studies and Arts Management. Students may choose either of the following as their Subject Focus on their entries
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 five 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.
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.
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 70 local and overseas arts and cultural organisations including:
New Internship Organizations in 2018
Local: Art & Antique International Fair Ltd; CreativeKids International Limited; HeearMusic; Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited; Hong Kong Society For Art And Charity Limited; Hong Kong Symphony Society; Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation; JUMBO KIDS CO.LTD; Lucie Chang Fine Arts; Mine production company; Miso Tech Co Ltd; O.D.O ENGINEERING; Read-Cycling; Tai Kwun; The Warehouse Teenage Club Limited; Trueplus photography; World Youth and Children Choral Artists' Association; Yao Jue Music Academy Limited; Yat Po Singers
Overseas & Mainland China: 1300 Taiwan Fine Porcelain (Taiwan); Walboomers Music (Amsterdam, Netherlands); 台北寶藏巖國際藝術村 (Taiwan)
Other Collaborating Internship Organizations
Local: Apple Tree Music Publishing Limited ; Art Together Limited; Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong; Asia Society Hong Kong Center; C&G Artpartment; Chiczando Concept & Culture Limited; Chung Ying Theatre; City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; City Contemporary Dance Company; Education Bureau; Flower Music; Happy Diamond Music; Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association; Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; Hong Kong Composers' Guild Limited; Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services; Hong Kong Maritime Museum; Hong Kong Society for Education In Art; Hong Kong String Orchestra; Hong Kong Treble Choir Ltd.; Hulu Culture Ltd; Jao Tsung-I Academy; Japanese International School; Leisure and Cultural Services Development (Audience Building Office, Entertainment Office, Festivals Office, Yuen Long Theatre and Tuen Mun Town Hall); Music 2000; Music for Life; Musica Viva Limited; Opera Hong Kong; Parsons Music Corporation; Playnote Limited; Premiere Performances of Hong Kong; St. James Settlement; Sunday Morning Music Limited; Tai Kwun; The Cantonese Opera Advancement Association Limited; The Silver Club and Silver Academy of Music; Theatre Ronin Limited; Tom Lee Music Company Limited; Videotage; Wind Mill Grass Theatre; World Wide Fund for Nature
Overseas & 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)
Regional Summer Institute
Students are required and provided with support to participate in the Regional Summer Institute (RSI), an international exchange experience that involves lectures, class debates, discussions, field visits, and professional visits to government offices, non-governmental organisations, and social service agencies in select Asian societies. They are also required to complete a small-scale research project with university students from the Asian region to enable them to put their acquired skills and knowledge into practice, as well as to develop their research and intercultural communication skills. In the last few cohorts, RSI to Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Croatia, Singapore and Taiwan were held respectively:
Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2018 RSI to Auckland, New Zealand:
Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2017 RSI to Barcelona, Spain:
Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2016 RSI to Berlin, Germany:
Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2015 RSI to Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2014 RSI to Croatia:
Organizations that were visited during the 2013 RSI to Singapore:
Organisations that were visited during the 2012 RSI to Taiwan:
Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)
The Final Year Project is an individual major project on a topic of students' own choice related to creative arts and culture. It comprises two phases:
Students are also encouraged to embark on an overseas learning journey through participating in the international academic exchange programme or joining international summer school organised by overseas universities.
The programme's Electives provide students with flexibility and choice. They are encouraged to diversify and extend the knowledge and skills they have gained in their Major studies. They can choose Electives within a wide range of courses offered by the University, even take a Minor of 15 credit points which best suits their aspirations and needs from among the minor choices offered by the programme or other departments within the University.
|GE Domain||Credit Points|
|GE Foundation Course||Skill-based lectures / workshops||4 cps|
|GE Foundation Course|
|Experiential Learning||Co-curricular and Service Learning Course||3 cps|
|Experiential Learning Course||3 cps|
|GE Breadth Courses||GE Breadth Learning Strands 1-3||3 cps|
|Positive and Values Education Course||3 cps|
|GE Interdisciplinary Course||3 cps|
|GE Consolidation Course||University ePortfolio||3 cps|
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 at 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.
The programme will mainly be conducted in English. All 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.
The following scholarships are available for outstanding BA(CAC) students:
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, etc.
Tel: (852) 2948 6886
Dr. Sydney Pun
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