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.
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 art 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 a 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.
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 the 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, the private sector, NGOs and international corporations.
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.
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.