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 a 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 art 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.
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
Major Course List
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)
Communication and Performance Practice
Traditions and Practices of Music I
Popular Music and Society
Traditions and Practices of Music II
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
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 four courses of Subject Focus and four 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 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.
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 learned 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.
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 experts 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.