Education Major – Visual Arts Studies
Education Major emphasizes the linkage between the fields of visual arts creation and subject-based teaching and learning. This intertwined approach allows students to recognize and appreciate visual arts as a cultural, social and civil entity; and leads them to an understanding of the importance and implications of visual arts education in the development of these areas. Drawing on integrated learning concepts, the courses are structured on the premise that students, when exposed to studio practice, inquiry and discourse, will also develop insights and competence in the classroom teaching of the subject. Inquiry approach in learning and teaching is emphasized in all courses to develop students’ sensitivity, critical thinking and communication proficiency. Through case studies, interaction with people in different community contexts and interactive learning activities, students are trained to communicate ideas effectively and to interpret phenomena in verbal, textual and visual forms. The multidisciplinary activities coherently inform practical art-making and pedagogies.
Discipline Major – Creative Arts and Culture (CAC) Studies
The Discipline Major courses equip students with a broad understanding of the diversity of the arts in the cultural and creative industries. The Foundation Seminar in the Arts and three Foundation Courses expose students to dance, drama, theatre and media. The Compulsory Courses are progressive in nature, with six courses in Cultural Studies and Arts Management. These courses emphasize the significance of the arts and creativity, cultural literacy, arts management, and the interconnectedness between related disciplines beyond the arts. The five Visual Arts Subject Focus courses are designed to sharpen students’ skills and knowledge in the subject discipline and to consolidate students’ understanding of the art form, both theoretically and practically. Students may also select from a spectrum of Major Elective Courses, which address relevant issues concerning the arts in a variety of contexts and settings. These courses adopt an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, underpinned by the belief that the arts relate closely to studies in other disciplines such as Literature, Sociology, and Cultural Theory.
The programme aims to prepare professional Visual Arts teachers and community-based artists who:
- can demonstrate a solid foundation in visual arts skills, related academic competencies, and visual arts teaching practices to meet their future teaching needs;
- have a passion for professional excellence and are committed to lifelong learning;
- can work collaboratively with students, parents, colleagues, school administrators and other professionals to promote visual arts and related arts education in primary/secondary schools; and
- 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.
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
Graduates of the programme will be creative and disciplined thinkers, fluent in written, oral and visual communication. With professional enthusiasm, students are equipped with specialized subject knowledge, contemporary teaching strategies and skills in curriculum planning for Visual Arts education in both primary and secondary schools. Furthermore, the Internship programme will train students to become cultural expertise who have interdisciplinary knowledge of cross-arts issues and management. Future job/advanced study opportunities are numerous. Our graduates will possess the following qualifications and job/study opportunities:
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Hong Kong;
- Ability to work competently in a broad range of positions such as curators for art museums and galleries, administrators of arts organizations, researchers in cultural studies, professional artists and designers, and art educators; and
- Eligibility to pursue local and overseas higher degree level programmes in education and creative arts disciplines.