BA (Honours) in Creative Arts and Culture - Music/Visual Arts


Program Description

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.

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 develop and promote 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.

Programme Structure

Component and Credit Points

  • Creative Arts and Culture Major
    • Programme Specific Course Work, 45 credit points
    • Major Interdisciplinary Course, 3 credit points
    • Regional Summer Institute, 3 credit points
    • Internship, 6 credit points
  • Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project), 6 credit points
  • Electives (including optional Minor), 27 credit points
  • General Education, 22 credit points
  • Language, 9 credit points
    • 2 mandatory credit-bearing English enhancement courses
    • 1 mandatory credit-bearing Chinese enhancement course
    • Mandatory non-credit-bearing language enhancement courses in English, Chinese and Putonghua
  • Total: 121 credit points

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 (students may focus either on Music or Visual Arts)
    • Music
      • Creative Musicking
      • Communication and Performance Practice
      • Traditions and Practices of Music I
      • Popular Music and Society
      • Traditions and Practices of Music II
    • 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 Interdisciplinary Course
    • Cultural Development for Diversity in the Global Context
  • Major Elective Courses (choose 3 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
    • Basic Research Methods
    • Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)

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 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.

Regional Summer Institute

The Regional Summer Institute (RSI) is a required component of the programme providing students with a valuable opportunity to put into practice the research skills they have learnt to engage in a small-scale group project. It is an up to three-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.


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.

Final Year Project (Honours Project / Capstone Project)

The Final Year Project (Capstone Project or Honours Project) is an inquiry-oriented avenue that enables our students to consolidate, integrate, and reflect on their undergraduate experiences for transiting to (and even celebrating) their upcoming post-graduation life – be it related to entering higher degree programmes or entering the workplace.

Electives (or Second Minor)

Students are required to take a total of 27 credit points of elective courses within a wide range of courses offered by the University. Students may also study a Minor (totalling 15 credit points) from among the Minor choices available within the University.

General Education

  • GE Foundation Course, 4 credit points
  • GE Breadth Courses
    • GE Breadth Learning Strands 1-3, 3 credit points
    • Positive and Values Education Course, 3 credit points
    • GE Interdisciplinary Course, 3 credit points
  • Experiential Learning
    • Co-curricular and Service Learning Course, 3 credit points
    • Experiential Learning Course, 3 credit points
  • University ePortfolio, 3 credit points
  • Total: 22 credit points

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.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Due to the rapid growth of the cultural and creative industries in Asia and increased regional competition, there is a 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.

Last updated Aug 2020

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