Master of Arts in Visual Arts Education and Creative Practice

* This programme commences in the 2020-21 academic year
MA(VAECP) | A1M098 | 1-year Full-time
Programme Leader: Dr. HUNG Keung
Enquiry Hotline: (852) 2948 7068 / (852) 2948 7139
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Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
B1-1/F-03, The Education University of Hong Kong
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po
New Territories, Hong Kong


The Visual Arts educational environment is changing at a rapid pace both within formal educational institutions and outside them, and for all educational levels. Driven by many different factors, this is creating new challenges and new opportunities for existing art teachers, lecturers, educators, and creative practitioners. The Master of Arts in Visual Arts Education and Creative Practice (MA(VAECP)) programme is a unique and visionary initiative that draws upon a combination of academic and professional expertise within the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts (CCA) of The Education University of Hong Kong, and whose design reflects the University's combination of specialist knowledge and understanding of Hong Kong's educational environment and contemporary international approaches to education in the creative arts. Encouraging collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and research, this cutting-edge programme which will prepare students for future careers in visual arts, visual arts education and associated fields.

Programme Aims

  • Prepare students for future careers in visual arts, visual arts education and associated fields within the context of an expanding and rapidly changing creative arts and educational sector;
  • Provide professional level opportunities for artistic development, the cross-fertilisation of ideas and a trans-disciplinary approach to professional practice in the art and educational fields, fostering collaboration, and stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Enable students to cultivate an advanced knowledge of relevant historical, cultural, philosophical, aesthetic and educational paradigms to support particular career paths;

Programme Structure

The MA(VAECP) is a 24-credit point (cp) programme comprising four "Core" courses (15 cps) and three "Elective" courses (9cps), structured as follows:

Core Courses (15cps)

  • Contemporary Digital Practices (3cps)
  • Research Methods in Visual Arts Education (3cps)
  • Research Methods in Artistic Practices (3cps)
  • Capstone Project (6cps)

Elective Courses (9cps); three to be selected from:

  • Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Arts Practices (3cps)
  • Collaborative Art-making Practices (3cps)
  • Independent Studies in Visual Arts (3cps)
  • Art Criticism and Museum Experience (3cps)
  • Arts Management in Hong Kong (3cps)

Programme Curriculum

This MA(VAECP) programme is guided by the University’s Education-plus vision in its planning and development to promote multi-disciplinary learning. The programme aims to provide a unique exploration of the interface between art educational and artistic in the new digital era. It explores the theoretical and practical nexus between these disciplines to provide students with new flexible skill sets and the transferable knowledge they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing field of employment and professional practice.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English.

Entrance Requirements

(a) Applicants should normally hold a recognised Bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualifications.

(b) Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution in a non-English speaking system should normally fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS score of 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland's College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

(c) Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview

Tuition Fee

This programme is offered on a self-funded basis. The tuition fee of 2020/21 is subject to approval and it will be announced through our official website in due course (for reference, tuition fee of 2019/20 is HK$120,000). Tuition fees paid are normally not refundable or transferable.