Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media

General

Program Description

This programme is offered by Academy of Film, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University for holders of Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) who wish to continue on to a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media.

Programme Features

  • A non-government-funded honours undergraduate programme.
  • A full-time programme which is normally completed in two years.
  • Cultivates creativity and originality in media convergence in an era of globalisation.
  • Emphasis on creative writing and professional scripts for feature film, television/web serial drama, variety show and new media, such as television/film content for mobile devices, video games, 3D-animation and podcasts.
  • Students will benefit from a wide array of professional guidance and supervision through the Academy’s network of top veteran screenwriters, directors, television companies, production companies and studios.
  • Provides students with the training and knowledge of scriptwriting formats and techniques, with a focus on the visual tools of interactive languages of new media and cinematic storytelling.

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Career Prospects

Graduates will be well equipped with professional scriptwriting skills and knowledge and will be able to contribute to development in new media (television/film for mobile devices, 3D-animation, video games, podcasts) as well as expansion in the film and TV industry of not only Hong Kong but also the Greater China Region.

Programme Structure

The four-year undergraduate programme requires students to complete a total of 128 units, including 66 units of Major Courses (with a 3-unit General Education Capstone course listed under the Category of Major Required Courses), 13 units of University Core Courses, 15 units of General Education Courses and 34 units of Free Elective Courses.

Students with Associate Degree or Higher Diploma qualifications will normally be admitted directly into the third year of study to complete the programme in two years, and they are required to complete 51 units of Major Required Courses and 15 units of Major Elective Courses.

Major Required Courses (51 units)

  • CRWG3005 Creative Writing for New Media I
  • CRWG3006 Introduction to Film and New Media
  • CRWG3015 Television Writing Workshop I
  • CRWG3016 Television Writing Workshop II
  • CRWG3025 Screenwriting Workshop I
  • CRWG3026 Screenwriting Workshop II
  • CRWG3035 Cinematic Storytelling
  • CRWG3045 Creative Thinking
  • CRWG3065 Selected Readings in World Literature
  • CRWG3075 Adaptation Seminar: Literature, Drama and Cinema
  • CRWG3085 Mobile Communication
  • CRWG3095 The Languages of New Media
  • CRWG4005 Creative Writing for New Media II
  • CRWG4015 Graduation Project I
  • CRWG4016 Graduation Project II
  • CRWG4045 New Media Studies in Greater China (Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China)
  • CRWG4065 Studies in Screenplays

Major Elective Courses (15 units)

  • CRWG4055 Studies in Film and Television Classics
  • CRWG4125 Selected Readings in Chinese Literature
  • CRWG4135 Seminar on Script Sales and Creativity Transfer
  • CRWG4145 Special Topics in Film, Television and New Media
  • CRWG4155 Special Topics in Hollywood Cinema
  • CRWG4165 Special Topics in Hong Kong Cinema
  • CRWG4175 Studies in Non-Fiction Films
  • CRWG4185 Toy, Game and Children Culture
  • CRWG4195 Film Genres
  • CRWG4205 Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
  • CRWG4215 Film Theory and Criticism
  • CRWG4225 Film and Philosophy
  • CRWG4905 Supervision of Internship
  • ICMT3027 Marketing Principles
  • ICMT3125 Media Business Environment
  • ICMT3145 Digital Communication
  • ICMT3185 Television and Hong Kong Society
  • ICMT3195 Understanding Theatre Arts
  • ICMT3245 Financial Literacy
  • ICMT4125 Strategic Public Relations
  • MSCN3125 Communication and Sustainable Development
  • MSCN3165 Gender and Communication
  • MSCN3175 Negotiation and Lobbying
  • MSCN3205 Analytical and Opinion Writing for Chinese Media

Remark: Individual courses may be using either Cantonese or Putonghua as the course content and pedagogical strategy requires.

University Core (13 units)

The University Core is a requirement in the undergraduate curriculum which aims at providing students with the essential and transferable knowledge and skills that help them lead successful lives both during and following their university education, and ultimately supporting the University’s commitment to developing the Graduate Attributes among students.

  • University English*
  • University Chinese*
  • Healthy Lifestyle*
  • The Art of Persuasion*

General Education (15 units)

The General Education (GE) Programme provides the foundation of well-rounded university education. The goal of the programme is to promote Whole Person Education (WPE) through exposure to a range of transferable skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that all students will need in their future professional and personal lives.

  • Level 1 Foundational Courses**
  • Level 2 Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses

*For Associate Degree & Higher Diploma applicants, a block transfer of University Core Courses will be granted.
**For Associate Degree applicants, block transfer of 3 out of 9 units will be granted. They have to take two 3-unit courses in two different categories.

Free Elective Courses (34 units)

Free Elective Courses are normally exempted for Associate Degree / Higher Diploma graduates seeking for year 3 entry.

Remarks:

  1. The number of courses/units the students are required to complete will depend on the number of courses/units for which exemption and/or unit transfer will be granted. All unit transfer or course exemption shall be considered on a case-by-case basis upon admission. Students are required to complete all programme pre-requisites and GE courses to meet the graduation requirement.
  2. Unit transfer equivalent to 28 units of University Core and GE courses will be considered by the Programme on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Make-up courses may be required on admission.
  4. Students are required to complete a non-credit bearing University Life programme.

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Campus

The programme is offered at the Hong Kong Baptist University's Shek Mun (Shatin) Campus, which is located next to the Shek Mun Station of MTR Ma On Shan Line. With a gross floor area of 30,000m2, the campus provides full university facilities, including indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, auditorium, multimedia laboratories, library and learning commons. Special learning facilities such as bioeco laboratory, food sensory laboratory, testing and analytical laboratory, food & nutritional science laboratory, active living laboratory, social science research laboratory, media communication laboratory, psychology laboratory, press conference room and child assessment centre are also set up to provide students with practical experiences in their areas of study.

Tuition Fee

HKD85,140 per year. Students are required to complete 66 units in two years at HKD2,580 per unit (Total HKD170,280).

The annual tuition fee is paid in two equal instalments, normally before the start of the first and the second semesters. For newly enrolled undergraduate students, HKD15,000 of the first instalment plus some fees will have to be paid by the applicants for acceptance of their admission offers and the balance will have to be paid in late August. Students are required to pay full tuition fees per semester during the normal period of study, regardless of the number of units enrolled in the semester.

For students who are required to take make-up course(s) to fulfil the programme pre-requisites and/or GE courses, additional tuition fee for the make-up course(s) will be charged at HKD1,735 per unit.

Financial Assistance

Full-time local students may apply for the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO) under the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA), HKSAR Government. For more information, students should contact the SFO or visit its website at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, a candidate should hold:

  • an Associate Degree (AD) from any of the local/overseas recognised institutions; or
  • a Higher Diploma (HD) from any recognised institutions.

Candidates who possess equivalent qualifications are to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Students are expected to complete all programme pre-requisites and GE courses in their Associate Degree or Higher Diploma studies. Otherwise, they may have to complete additional units of study to make up for the programme pre-requisites and GE courses at the College of International Education (CIE), Hong Kong Baptist University.

Application Procedures

The University accepts both online and paper application. The online application system and paper application form can be found at our website (https://www.cie.hkbu.edu.hk/admissions/2020-21/en/ug_home/). Applicants may apply for more than one programme if they wish to. A non-refundable and non-transferable application fee will be charged for EACH applied programme.

Online Application:

  • Applicants should submit the application through our website and are required to settle the application fee (Local: HKD350; Non-local: HKD450) via online payment gateway (credit card or PPS online) before the application deadline. Please refer to the “Important Information” and “Instructions” in the online application system for details.

Paper Application:

  • Applicants should submit the completed application form together with the relevant supporting documents and proof of application fee (Local: HKD350; Non-local: HKD450) before the application deadline. Please refer to the “Notes to Applicants” printed on the application form for details.

Testimonials

"Through the inspiring courses, I am now well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to arouse the emotions of the audience by storytelling."
Cheung Hiu Tung (Graduate of 2019)

"The programme was a fruitful learning experience. I acquired a wide range of scriptwriting skills and knowledge from experienced lecturers."
Ho Ching Yin (Graduate of 2019)

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1968. It provides a comprehensive range of programmes in communication available in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgr ... Read More

The School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1968. It provides a comprehensive range of programmes in communication available in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Read less