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Programme Information

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture
(Four-year Full-time)

Programme Code: JS8636

Visual Arts
Programme Code: JS8648


 Self-Nomination Admissions Scheme


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.


Programme Aims

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.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • understand and interpret the arts and cultures from diverse theoretical and practical perspectives;
  • express and create through musical, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts practices;
  • make connections across the arts, related academic disciplines and cultural contexts in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world;
  • reflect on and make reasoned analysis of the needs and issues relevant to the cultural and creative industries; and
  • work competently and professionally in supporting arts education and arts administration within cultural and creative industries.


Programme Features

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.


Programme Structure

Component Credit Points (cps)
Creative Arts and Culture Major Foundation Courses 9 cps
Compulsory Courses:
Cultural and Arts Management
15 cps
Compulsory Courses:
Subject Focus – Music / Visual Arts
15 cps
Major Elective Courses 9 cps
Regional Summer Institute 3 cps
Internship 6 cps
Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project) 6 cps
Electives (including optional Minor) 27 cps
Language Enhancement
  • Mandatory credit bearing language courses
  • Mandatory and optional non-credit bearing language courses
9 cps
General Education 22 cps
Total: 121 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.


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 five 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 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.

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.

Student Experiential Learning Courses


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:

  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Barcelona Music Museum
  • Auckland Council Arts & Culture programming team sharing & site visits
  • Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Casa Asia at the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
  • Devonport
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
  • Glass studio- Mon mouth
  • Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Picasso
  • Gow Langsford Art Gallery
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Cave
  • La Rambla
  • Māori Performance with workshops
  • La Sagrada Família
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
  • University of Auckland
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
  • Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2017 RSI to Barcelona, Spain:

  • 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

Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2016 RSI to Berlin, Germany:

  • 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

Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2015 RSI to Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

  • 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

Organizations and Cultural/Historical sites that were visited during the 2014 RSI to Croatia:

  • Gavella Drama Theatre
  • Lotrscak Tower
  • Mimara Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • National Park in Plitvice
  • Sea Organ
  • Trakoscan Castle
  • Zagreb Funicular

Organizations that were visited during the 2013 RSI to Singapore:

  • 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

Organisations that were visited during the 2012 RSI to Taiwan:

  • 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)

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:

  • Phase I: Research Methods, which provides students with training in conducting inquiry and research; and
  • Phase II: Honours Project / Capstone Project, which requires students to work closely with a project supervisor to complete a major piece of research and writing or a project.

International Exchange

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.


Minor Studies and Electives

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.


General Education

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
Total: 22 cps


Language Courses

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.


Medium of Instruction

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:

  1. HK Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
  2. Ng Siu Yue Memorial Scholarship
  3. Cheung Wan Memorial Scholarship for Art
  4. The Hong Kong Children’s Choir Music Scholarship
  5. Giant Year Gallery Scholarship


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, etc.


Our Students

LI Gabo (2017/18 Graduate) LEE Chun Lok Gordon (2013/14 Graduate)


Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Dr. Sydney Pun
Tel: (852) 2948 7084