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Bachelor of Art

Bridging the connections between contemporary Chinese and Western studio and art history

The Department of Fine Arts offers a comprehensive and balanced undergraduate programme for students in order to prepare them for future careers in the arts. Such careers include that of artist, art historian, museum curators, and other art-related professions.

Focus on Chinese Art in a Global Context
A wide range of courses in Chinese art practices and history is offered alongside Western art history and studio training. Whenever possible, interaction between the fields is stressed.  This integrated approach reflects Hong Kong’s special role as an advanced, multi-cultural city.

Emphasis on Both the Practice and the History of Art
The Department puts equal emphasis upon studio and art history courses.  As a result, our graduates are better-rounded, and better equipped for professional careers in the arts.

Prepare Students for Careers in the Arts
The Department constantly revises existing courses and introduces new courses to meet the trends and needs of the society.  It also organizes professional training courses and internship programmes for students to learn practical approaches to future careers as professional artists, art educators, art administrators, etc.

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  • Curriculum

    Four-year Curriculum of the BA programme

    1. Major Requirement

    Students in Fine Arts are divided into THREE main streams:
    (1) Art History – studies the historical development of art with a special emphasis on China;
    (2) Modern Art Studio – trains students in the practice of artistic creation; and
    (3) Art History and Art Studio – applies equal emphasis on both.

    Students must declare one of the streams at the beginning of their third year of attendance.
    Fine Arts students are required to complete a minimum of 72 major units.

    Stream
    Courses
    Art History Modern Art Studio Art History and Art Studio
    Faculty Package 9 units
    Required Courses 21 units
    Elective Courses (Art History) 30 units 15 units 21 units
    Elective Courses (Modern Art Studio) 12 units 27 units 21 units
    Total 72 units

    Note: Students need to submit a thesis or studio works for exhibition in the final year of attendance.

    2. Minor Requirement

    Students who are interested to declare Fine Arts as minor programme have to complete 25 units and satisfy requirements under separate categories.
    For details of the study scheme, students could visit University Undergraduate E-handbook for information.

  • Courses

    • FAAS 1100
      Drawing Fundamentals

      2 Units

      This course provides students with basic knowledge and skills in drawing. Topics include: (1) tools and techniques; (2) perspective and observation; (3) composition and visual element; and (4) perception and expression.

    • FAAS 1110
      Principles of Chinese Calligraphy

      2 Units

      This course is offered for beginners in Chinese calligraphy. It describes the basic concepts and techniques of Chinese calligraphy, the selection and use of materials and tools, and teaches students the regular, clerical and seal scripts. Students will be prepared for more advanced courses of various scripts.

    • FAAS 1120
      Western Painting Fundamentals

      2 Units

      This course introduces oil painting under the following framework: (1) materials and techniques; (2) colour theory; (3) basic composition; (4) painting from still-life; and (5) abstraction and independent creation.

    • FAAS 1130
      Principles of Chinese Painting

      2 Units

      This course introduces the materials and tools, techniques in brushwork, ink tone variations, and colouring to beginning students of Chinese painting. Related skills such as mounting, writing of inscriptions, imprinting of seals will also be explored. Students will practise traditional paintings of pine trees, rocks, bamboo, and human figures, etc., in preparation for in-depth studies in landscape, figure or bird-and-flower paintings.

    • FAAS 1600
      Artistic Traditions in China

      3 Units

      In light of artifacts whether excavated or collected as well as historical texts, this course provides an overview of Chinese art over 5000 years. Through studying the art and culture of the pre-historic era and the Bronze Age, and the development of painting, calligraphy, religious sculpture, architecture, jade, gold, silver, and ceramics throughout the centuries, students will understand the special characteristics and historical development of Chinese art and culture over the centuries. Artistic exchange between China and its neighbouring countries will be given special attention. Tutorial sessions involve practical workshop or the study of actual art objects at the Art Museum.

    • FAAS 1700
      Artistic Traditions in the West

      3 Units

      The goal of this course is to investigate Western art practices from ancient times to the modern era. Analyses of key works of art will be considered in relationship to the social, political, economic and cultural circumstances that surrounded and informed them.

    • FAAS 1900
      Art and the Humanities

      3 Units

      The objective of this course is to examine the role, value and significance of art in the humanities. Objects of art from both the past and the present as well as the East and the West in their various modes of expression will be used to illustrate the relationship between art and philosophy, religion, society, literature, history and even culture, the environment and life as a whole. The intention is to dispel the misconception that art is a fringe activity unrelated to the development of civilization and everyday life. A further focus of the course is to enable students to appreciate the role of art in modern life so as to help them broaden their outlook and build up their own set of humanistic values.

    • FAAS 2102
      Arts of Ancient China:Neolithic Through Bronze Age

      3 Units

      Using artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations, this course will explore the artistic achievements of early China. Students will be introduced to the painted and black pottery and the ritual and ornamental jades from the Neolithic period; oracle bone script, ritual bronze vessels, bronze weapons and musical instruments, painted lacquers, and ritual and ornamental jades of the Bronze Age; as well as the beginnings of contact with nomadic cultures, and pictorial representation in bronze, silk, and clay. Students will emerge with a multifaceted picture of the cultural and artistic legacy of early China, ready for in-depth studies in the arts of the period.

    • FAAS 2103
      Art Along the Silk Road

      3 Units

      The opening of the Silk Road during the second century BCE marks China’s entry in the international arena of artistic and cultural exchange. Through the study of a wide range of artifacts from the Han through Tang-Liao-Jin-Song periods, this course will examine the results of these exchanges from a variety of perspectives. Students will acquire a balanced and updated understanding of the role played by cultural interaction in China’s artistic development during this period. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 2104
      History of Early Chinese Ceramics

      3 Units

      This course examines the development and artistic characteristics of Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic period (ca. 5000-2000 BCE)to the Song dynasty. Representative wares such as early painted and black pottery, funerary figurines, stonewares, and high-fired porcelains from major kilns will be discussed. This course also explores the relationship between the ceramics and the social culture of different periods through in-depth analysis of excavated materials from archaeological sites such as tombs, kilns and pagodas. Excavation of ancient Chinese ceramics in Hong Kong will also be included in the survey, with the possibility of field visits to local archaeological sites.

    • FAAS 2105
      Classical Traditions of Chinese Calligraphy

      3 Units

      Focusing on calligraphy before Song, this course aims at familiarizing students with the origin and development of Chinese calligraphy: oracle-bone script, bronze inscriptions, stele-engravings, and ink works on silk and paper. In-depth discussions of calligraphic works in museum collections and those from archaeological discoveries will lead to an understanding of stylistic development, while different classical traditions created by great masters will be highlighted and evaluated.

    • FAAS 2108
      Modern Art: Modernism and the Quest for Utopia

      3 Units

      The goal of this course is to explore Western modernist art and theory from the late 19th century to the mid-1940s. One of the central themes that will be explored is the emergence of the avant-garde and how it often sought radical social, political, economic and cultural change through its artistic strategies.

    • FAAS 2110
      Religious Art of China

      3 Units

      This course aims at exploring the relationship between Chinese art and religion from the Shang period onwards. Students will be introduced to religious paintings, buildings, sculptures, clothes and ritual objects. Through studying important archaeological and extant religious artifacts and recent research on Chinese religious beliefs, students are expected to understand the characteristics and significance of Chinese religious arts. Religious ideas behind different forms of art will also be discussed.

    • FAAS 2117
      Art in HK: from the Foundation of the Colony to the Early 21st Century

      3 Units

      This course provides an overview of the development of art in Hong Kong from the colonial days to the early 21st century, including traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy and seal carving, modern ink painting, and various art forms in western media. It examines the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s art in the context of its economic growth, cultural integration of east and west, and freedom in artistic creation, towards an evaluation of the achievements of Hong Kong’s art in the twentieth century.

    • FAAS 2119
      Western Art I: from the 15th to the Late 19th Century

      3 Units

      This course aims to give a broad overview of Western art from the 15th to the late 19th century. The Renasissance is universally regarded as a fundamental period in the history of Western Art. Subsequent period styles, such as Mannerism, Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and Realism are either development from the art principles of the Renaissance or reactions against the rules and bounds developed during this important period. Special attention will be given to the major artworks of each movement as well as the historical events which have influenced the evolution of Western art.

    • FAAS 2201
      Creative Watercolour Painting

      3 Units

      This course is an introduction to various techniques in watercolour painting. The exploration of combined techniques and mixed media will also be considered. Students are encouraged to be bold in experimentation. Assignments, individual critiques and group discussions will be conducted regularly to broaden concepts and methods of expression. Emphasis is on individual approach.

    • FAAS 2203
      Clerical and Regular Scripts

      3 Units

      This course provides an in-depth study of clerical and regular scripts. Students will be introduced to the various important schools of the two scripts and will have opportunities for practical exercises. Through the study of representative works (including clerical scripts of the Han and Tang dynasties, stele rubbings of the Wei and Tang dynasties), students can master the technique in these scripts and develop their own styles.

    • FAAS 2207
      3-Dimensional Design Fundamentals

      3 Units

      This course provides students with basic knowledge in three-dimensional design with various materials. Special focus will be placed on three major areas: (1) form and space; (2) material and construction; and (3) function and aesthetics. Students will also be introduced to the operation and safety of various tools.

    • FAAS 2208
      Basic Photography

      3 Units

      This course covers the basic theories and characteristics of photography, with an aim towards introducing students to the unique visual language of photography through application of photographic equipment, formats and materials. Students will be able to explore and appreciate the nature and culture of photography by learning different photographic approaches through discussions and practice.

    • FAAS 2217
      Mixed Media

      3 Units

      After World War II, art media are no longer confined to specific materials, tools and techniques. Artists tend to think and make art through idea rather than material. This has caused confusion between conceptual art and visual art. This course will teach students the basic concepts of mixed media, and provide students with a framework for artistic creation, when no well-defined boundaries for material and technique can serve as a reference. Focus will be put on the three principles of mixed media, namely, physicality, cultural signification and spirituality.

    • FAAS 2219
      Digital Imaging Workshop

      3 Units

      The course is designed to explore the concepts, aesthetics, and techniques of digital imaging from both academic and studio perspectives. Both technical and aesthetic issues will be addressed. Aesthetic issues encompass concept, composition and historical context, whereas technical topics include raster and vector imaging, image manipulation, time-based 2D graphics, animation and other related topics. Digital imaging software and hardware will also be introduced to illustrate the principles and techniques and to produce the projects.

    • FAAS 3102
      Jades for Life and Death

      3 Units

      The signature products of the major jade-working centres of the Neolithic period (ca. 5000-2000 BCE), their possible meanings, functions, and implications for cultural exchange as reflected in recent excavations will be the focus of the first half of this course. The subsequent changes in function and meaning, and the development of new forms to accompany these changes, will be examined during the second part of the course, aiming for an understanding of the changing meanings of jade in the ritual, religious, political, and social context of the time. Original works of art from the Art Museum and local collections may be used for instruction when appropriate.

    • FAAS 3104
      Jingdezhen and Beyond: History of Later Chinese Ceramics

      3 Units

      As the “Capital of Porcelains”, Jingdezhen has played an important role in the history of later Chinese ceramics. This course will examine the organization, the mode of production and the artistic characteristics of the monochrome and painted porcelains of Jingdezhen, to understand the achievements of the Ming and Qing ceramic industry. Trade ceramics and its influence, as well as ceramic production in Hong Kong will also be discussed with a field visit to a ceramic kiln site at Tai Po.

    • FAAS 3105
      Art of the Elite: Calligraphy from Song to Qing

      3 Units

      This course traces the development of calligraphy from Song to Qing. Major topics include the Song expressive calligraphic styles, Yuan revivalism, model-calligraphy tradition from Ming to mid-Qing, and stele-calligraphy tradition since mid-Qing. In addition to major calligraphers and their masterworks and styles, this course will also examine the philosophical ideas embodied in calligraphy, thus providing students with a cultural understanding of why calligraphy has been regarded as an art of the elite in China.

    • FAAS 3108
      Contemporary Art: Artistic Strategies in a Postmodern Era

      3 Units

      The goal of this course is to explore Western art and theory from approximately 1945 to the mid-1990s. Special attention will be given to the shift from a modernist to a postmodernist culture, and how artists have endeavoured to address a new era characterized by globalization and consumerism. Whenever possible, contemporary Chinese artworks will be explored for the purposes of cross-cultural comparison.

    • FAAS 3111
      Chinese Ceramic Technology: Theory and Practice

      3 Units

      The aim of this course is to explore the technology of ancient Chinese ceramics through both lectures and workshops. A selection of classic wares from major kilns will be discussed in the lectures. Focuses will be placed on the technique of firing, forming and decorating ceramics and the related kiln technology. Meanwhile students will have opportunities in workshops to apply various ceramic techniques they learn in the lectures to the actual making of ceramics. This course can be taken as either an Art History or a Studio Arts elective course but students are required to declare their choice of attribution in their final year of attendance.

    • FAAS 3112
      Auspicious Metal: the Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China

      3 Units

      With special emphasis on recent excavations, this course will look at the artistic and technological development of cast-bronze artifacts from around 1600 BCE to the last few centuries BCE, in an attempt to understand China’s unique achievements in relation to other ancient Bronze Age civilizations. Ritual bronze vessels and weapons will be studied as reflections not only of artistic developments, but also of political, social, religious, and economic developments of the time. Original works of art will be used as teaching material when appropriate.

    • FAAS 3115
      The Art of Chinese Seals

      3 Units

      This course provides an overview of the artistic characteristics and development of Chinese seals. Content includes the function, forms and related historical issues of ancient seals, and the style and theory of different artistic schools since the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    • FAAS 3116
      Art Under Imperial Patronage: Chinese Court Painting

      3 Units

      The course traces the development of Chinese court painting since the Han and Tang dynasties with special reference to the Song and the Qing periods. To evaluate the genre objectively in the historical, artistic and cultural perspectives, extant works will be studied side by side with related literature to reveal the content and style of masterpieces in relation to imperial tastes, political implication, cultural heritage, artistic techniques and Western influences.

    • FAAS 3117
      Modern Challenges: Chinese Art of the Twentieth Century

      3 Units

      This course traces the development of Chinese art during the twentieth century. Major topics to be covered include new directions of traditionalism, the emergence of the Lingnan school, and westernization for innovation before 1949, as well as the development of Chinese art on the Mainland and elsewhere since 1949. Special attention will be paid to Chinese artists’ artistic response to political turmoil, cultural changes and Western influences in the new era.

    • FAAS 3119
      Western Art II: from Impressionism to the Late 1940s

      3 Units

      The latter part of the nineteenth century was a time of economic, technological and social change when traditional values were challenged. This revolutionary period marked the beginning of the modern age and the birth of many avant-garde movements. This course aims to examine the various manifestations of these movements and the utopian project they tried to materialize.

    • FAAS 3120
      Daoist Art

      3 Units

      This course explores the development of Daoist art, with emphasis on studying artwork in relation to the religious culture and historical context of its production. It concerns how Daoist artwork is linked to Daoist thought, texts and visual culture current in the same period. Students will be introduced to Daoist sculptures, stone carvings, architecture, murals, scripture illustrations, as well as arts that embody Daoist aesthetics and culture, such as landscape paintings, container gardens and garden designs. Through studying archaeological and extant Daoist art and artifacts, together with scholarly research on Daoism and religious art theories, students are expected to acquire in-depth understanding of the development, function and meaning of Daoist art.

    • FAAS 3200
      Creative Workshop for Contemporary Chinese Art

      3 Units

      This course was designed to bridge Chinese and Western Art through seminars and studio practice. Since the late 1970s, Chinese Art has experienced major breakthroughs and has provided new insights for the development of contemporary art worldwide. The course will therefore re-examine the existing resources of Chinese art and culture and incorporate them using the methodologies of contemporary art in order to create new directions for art practices. Elitist and popular Chinese arts will be reconsidered in order to combine them with a local character and, using the contemporary art methods mainly coming from the West, students will be encouraged to find their own creative directions.

    • FAAS 3201
      Intermediate Western Painting

      3 Units

      Emphasis is placed on the development of personal imagery and creative expression. Students will be asked to choose a theme or visual idea for exploration. They are not directed to work in any specific style but are encouraged to use the various concepts and techniques to produce expressive paintings. Frequent class discussions and critiques encourage an exchange of ideas.

    • FAAS 3202
      Printmaking

      3 Units

      Students in this course learn the principles and techniques of intaglio, relief, planography, and serigraphy. Through learning the techniques on drawing, making and copying of print, students could receive fine arts education from the printmaking course. In addition to teaching various materials and making techniques concerning printmaking, this course also discusses related knowledge on presswork, television, computer and mass media, such as the combination and analysis of colours, craftwork on paper making, the disposal of chemical materials, etc. Regular individual tutorials conducted throughout the course provide students with professional guidance enabling them to master the traditional printmaking techniques and also a new approach to aesthetic value.

    • FAAS 3203
      Running and Cursive Scripts

      3 Units

      This course provides a more focused study in running and cursive scripts and includes both a specialized study of important schools and practical exercises in the two scripts. Students are expected to master running and cursive scripts, in preparation for developing their own styles.

    • FAAS 3204
      Xieyi: Chinese Expressive Painting

      3 Units

      This course focuses on the techniques of painting in an expressive manner i.e. in the literati tradition of “writing the idea”. The techniques and forms of expression such as ink, light colouring, heavy colouring are included. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 3206
      Sculpting Moulding and Casting

      3 Units

      This course introduces various perspectives of making sculpture in organic form through direct and indirect methods. Focus will be on understanding and transforming forms in nature as well as forms derived from nature. Technical studio will include hand-building techniques, molding, and casting. Students will learn how to think through three dimensional forms and transforming ideas into tangible objects.

    • FAAS 3210
      Art in Public Space

      3 Units

      Art in pubic space became an important subject for those who wanted to reconcile the conflict between individual artistic ideas and the common norms in public space in 21st century. The presumption that artist cannot contribute significantly to public sector is questionable nowadays—there are many experiments being done to show that artistic intervention can somehow arouse the awareness of hidden power and political structure of the society. As a citizen or an artist, art has a role to play in public space.

      Seeing public space as an arena for artistic expression becomes another focus in contemporary art. Gallery, museum which are supposed to be neutral space in showing art is gradually replaced by space with cultural significances; message in art has been put into specific context for holistic examination.

      The course will cover various art forms in public space, which include traditionally defined public art, such as sculpture and functional objects in public space. The course will also teach student how to realize an art project through management and negotiation among different stakeholders— the client, the public, the technical consultant and the artist.

    • FAAS 3211
      Experimental Drawing

      3 Units

      This course will introduce various approaches to drawing so as to broaden students’ technical abilities and provoke awareness of contemporary approaches. Emphasis will be made on five major areas: (1) understanding rhythm and lyrical elements of drawing through figure movement; (2) exploring pictorial composition by studying and recomposing classical works; (3) developing visual vocabulary by exercising free association; (4) drawing as narrative; and (5) drawing as a tool to map spaces and activities.

    • FAAS 3212
      Combined Printmaking

      3 Units

      Expressions of ideas and concepts in the printmaking studio are used to be the earlier print technologies like relief, intaglio, screen printing and lithography, while technologies like photographic and digital printing in nowadays, enrich the possibility of creating Artwork. Combined printmaking experiments with contemporary combinations of print formats to produce multi-layered explorations of the image, line, colour, marks and visual expression.

      By understanding the characteristics of traditional and modern printing techniques, and the relation between printmaking materials (paper, ink and plate), students are enabled to expand the possibility of image making by transforming the use of printmaking in their own project.

    • FAAS 3216
      Sculpture: Building and Carving

      3 Units

      This course will focus on the classic approaches to sculpture: addition and subtraction. Metal and wood will be the major materials used. Through addition, students will be trained to weld metal and join wood to produce large-scale sculpture. Through subtraction, students will be able to define details and inner spaces of sculptures.

    • FAAS 3219
      Moving Image Workshop

      3 Units

      The course is designed to explore the concepts, aesthetics and techniques of moving image in digital format from both academic and studio perspectives. Both technical and aesthetic issues will be addressed. Aesthetic issues encompass concept, relationship of sound and image, video installation and historical context. Technical topics include techniques of cinematography, non-linear editing, scene visualization and other related topics. Non-linear editing and compositing software will be introduced to illustrate the principles and techniques and to produce the projects.

    • FAAS 3221
      Figure Sketching

      3 Units

      The content of this course includes knowledge of human anatomy, sketching of head and statues and sketching of live model. Through a series of exercises, students will acquire a better understanding of depicting human forms. It also enhances students’ powers of expression in figure drawing. The course helps to build the foundation of figure painting which applies for different media.

    • FAAS 3223
      Calligraphy in Ancient Scripts

      3 Units

      This course aims to provide a more focused study of ancient Chinese calligraphy before the Qin and Han dynasties. In addition to the training of writing skills, the knowledge of paleography will also be introduced. The course lays a foundation for further pursuit of creation and study. This course can be taken as either an Art History or a Studio Arts elective course but students are required to declare their choice of attribution in their final year of attendance.

    • FAAS 3224
      Gongbi: Chinese Delineative Painting

      3 Units

      This is an advanced study of Chinese Painting. It focuses on studying the techniques of painting by using fine-line and wash, one of two primary painting techniques in the Chinese tradition. Technique and forms of expression such as ink, light colouring, heavy colouring are included. Students will be encouraged to initiate artistic creation by incorporating different forms of expression. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 3226
      Ceramic Art

      3 Units

      The course introduces construction skills and knowledge in ceramics through studio practice. Discussions and critiques will be arranged to enhance the awareness of ceramics in the context of visual culture and contemporary life. Students are encouraged to apply the skills and knowledge learnt in developing their own area of work.

    • FAAS 3229
      Text and Image

      3 Units

      To explore the relationship between Text and Image, there are three parts in the course’s content: Creative Writing, Image Making and Critic Writing. Creative Writing includes narrative writing, fictional story, life memories, poetry, stream of consciousness… …etc that given a board based understanding of text. Image Making requires to re-think the application of imagery through representation and interpretation of text that be able to re-generate different images relatively. After the transformation from text to image, through the on-looker’s view point to create Critic Writing that using a third party’s perspective to analysis and re-read different kind of possibilities in the process of art making.

    • FAAS 3234
      Chinese Landscape Painting

      3 Units

      This course includes introduction of different tools and landscape painting skills. The main learning methods are imitation and copy. It aims to allow students get familiar with traditional painting methods and combine with outdoor sketches to finally have a complete understanding in Chinese landscape painting. The students are expected to be able to integrate what he/she has learned, so as to develop a personal painting style finally.

    • FAAS 3236
      Ceramic Art: Form and Space

      3 Units

      The course introduces construction skills and knowledge in ceramics through studio practice. Focus will be placed on the creation of form using clay and methods in ceramics. Discussions and critiques will be arranged to enhance the awareness of ceramics in the context of visual culture and contemporary life. Students are encouraged to apply the skills and knowledge learnt in developing their own area of work.

    • FAAS 3246
      Ceramic Art: Surface Treatment and Exploration

      3 Units

      The course introduces skills and knowledge of creating surfaces on ceramic works. Focus will be placed on exploring and investigating various notions of surface creation in ceramics. Different colouring agents and textures will be applied through traditional and contemporary methods. Through practice and discussion, students are encouraged to explore the role of surfaces on forms in various aspects of contemporary art.

    • FAAS 4100
      Special Topics in Art History

      3 Units

      This course examines in detail selected topics in art history, such as case study of archaeological discoveries, art of a dynasty, individual artists, etc. It aims at providing students with a full understanding of certain special areas in the history of art. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 4106
      Tradition and Transformation: Chinese Literati Painting

      3 Units

      The course traces the development of Chinese literati painting from the Northern Song to the first half of the 20th century. Topics to cover include literati art theories, revivalism, the theory of the Southern and Northern Schools, period styles, regional styles, Ming and Qing schools, reverence for and transformation of antiquity, commercialization of painting, and the modernization of traditional painting.

    • FAAS 4109
      Chinese and Western Comparative Aesthetics

      3 Units

      Relying on famous examples from the Chinese and Western worlds and using several types of sources (literature, philosophy, poetry and the visual arts), this course is divided into two parts. The first part will compare and contrast two radically different conceptions of art. The second part will present the global revolution in thought that has led to today’s developments in the arts created by the Chinese people in Mainland China and abroad.

    • FAAS 4119
      An Illustrated History of Western Art Theory: from Plato to Postmodernism

      3 Units

      This course is a presentation of the history of Western thought in relation with the visual arts, from Plato to contemporary thinkers (such as Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard). The works of the most important thinkers will be presented using texts and visual documentation.

    • FAAS 4180
      Thesis Research I

      3 Units

      Majors in art history who choose this course should expect to undertake independent research on a supervisor-approved topic, and present a written thesis at the end of the second term of their final year of studies.

      Advisory: For final year Majors only.

    • FAAS 4182
      Thesis Research II

      4 Units

      Majors in art history who choose this course should expect to undertake independent research on a supervisor-approved topic. Students are required to present a written thesis and pass an oral examination at the end of the second term of their final year of studies.

      Advisory: For final year Majors only.

    • FAAS 4201
      Art As Profession

      3 Units

      This course provides students with information and training in preparation for careers as art professionals. Emphasis will be placed on how the art producer, art mediator and the general public interact with each other. Topics will include cultural policies in Hong Kong, the role of the public and private sectors, art in public spaces, art criticism, curatorship, organizing portfolios, exhibitions, and legal issues. In addition, guest speakers will speak on their experiences as art professionals in Hong Kong. This course can be taken as either an Art History or a Studio Arts elective course but students are required to declare their choice of attribution in their final year of attendance.

    • FAAS 4202
      Special Topics in Studio Art

      3 Units

      This course is designed to cope with timely special issues in visual art, to provide students with opportunities for in-depth studies with specialists/ teachers who deal with issues related to current art practice, that are normally not covered by our regular curriculum. Topics may include curatorship, art management, cultural policy, public art and/or various studio art workshops or projects. This course can be taken as either an Art History or a Studio Arts elective course but students are required to declare their choice of attribution in their final year of attendance. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 4203
      Seal Carving

      3 Units

      The advanced course in Chinese arts creation includes an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of seal carving, and the imprinting and rubbing of seals. Through the analysis and study of representative examples over the centuries, as well as the art of modern seal carving, students can master the different script-forms in seal carving and a wide-range of carving techniques, toward creating their own styles in seal carving. Students are advised to take FAAS3223 before taking this course.

    • FAAS 4210
      Creative Workshop I

      3 Units

      This course is an advance studio course designed for students who have in-depth art experience. The course will teach students methodology of art creation in contemporary era and encourage deal with individual issues on art creation through discussion. Course content includes topics such as the latest development of contemporary art, semiotics and art, revisiting previous works of students, develop new techniques and direction for individual creation. The form of teaching in this course will be lectures, seminars and critiques.

    • FAAS 4211
      Creative Workshop II

      3 Units

      This course is designed to help students understand their motive of art making. A range of contemporary art practices will be addressed and strengthen their knowledge in artistic creation. Alongside with relative social issues and professional practice will be discussed. Besides individual artistic development, students will be encouraged to carry out independent research in their chosen medium or topic through seminars and critiques.

    • FAAS 4212
      Creative Workshop III

      3 Units

      This course is designed to help students refine their skills and strengthen their knowledge in artistic creation. Beside individual artistic development, students will be encouraged to carry out independent research in their chosen Chinese art medium or topic, such as Chinese Painting, Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Carving, through seminars and critiques. Contents of this course will vary with instructors and students. Offerings with different subtitles can be taken up for credit, up to a maximum of two times.

    • FAAS 4213
      Creative Workshop IV

      3 Units

      This course is designed to help students refine their skills and strengthen their knowledge in Chinese painting creation. Beside individual artistic development, students will be encouraged to carry out independent research in medium or topic of Chinese painting through seminars and critiques.

    • FAAS 4214
      Modern Ink Painting

      3 Units

      This course aims to tackle similarities and dissimilarities between Eastern and Western painting, specifically to guide students to experiment with Western ideas and methods in the Chinese ink media, or to attempt contemporary expressions with the subject matter and techniques of traditional Chinese painting. Instead of large classes, students will be tutored with discussions and demonstrations, individually or in small groups, to establish independent paths of artistic pursuit.

    • FAAS 4280
      Graduation Workshop I

      3 Units

      This course provides Majors in creative art with guidance in individual research for their graduation project. A series of lectures on art criticism and exegesis writing will prepare students to use their knowledge of art history, art theory and general education to write about their own works and the works of others. Compulsory visits to local art exhibitions will be organized and students will have to submit a mid-term paper in the form of art criticism. As the course is also based on individual supervision, students are also required to plan their graduation thesis and meet their supervisors regularly. At the end of the term, students must submit evidence of their research progress as designated by relevant supervisor(s). Advisory: For final year Majors only.

    • FAAS 4282
      Graduation Workshop II

      4 Units

      This course provides Majors in creative art with guidance in individual research for their graduation project which will be present at the Graduation Exhibition. Through the graduation project and written reflection, students need to demonstrate the quality of research and development, originality, technical competence, presentation skill etc in their works. Oral examination will also be conducted to evaluate the student’s articulation of various ideas in their project.

      Advisory: For final year Majors only.

  • Admission

    There are two ways to apply for admission: JUPAS and Non-JUPAS. The details are as follows

    1. Admission on the Strength of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination Results

    (a) Minimum Entrance Requirement of Fine Arts Programme Applicants shall have obtained in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE)

    (i) Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language; and
    (ii) Level 2 in Mathematics (Compulsory Part) and Liberal Studies; and
    (iii) Level 3 in two New Senior Secondary (NSS) subjects# as approved by the University from time to time (Visual Arts is preferred).

    #       The two subjects may include:

    (1)    2 NSS elective subjects; or

    (2)    1 NSS elective subject and Mathematics (Extended Part) Module I or Module II.

    Applicants should refer to the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the detailed requirements

    (b) Admission Interview

    Interview will be conducted after the release of HKDSE results. Applicants who put Fine Arts programme in Band A and meet the General Entrance Requirements will be invited for an interview. A softcopy of portfolio of creative works or, if no creative works can be provided, a personal statement in pdf format have to be submitted by email. Applicants will be informed of the arrangement of submission when they receive invitation to come for the interview. The portfolio should not exceed 10 pages and the size should be less than 5MB. The hard copy of the portfolio should be presented on the day of interview.

    Applicants are welcomed to bring no more than 5 representative original works to the interview if there are any, and they should be easy to carry. Other supporting materials such as sketchbook and visual dairies are welcomed to bring along. The score of the portfolio and interview will be complemented by the HKDSE result to draw up a list of offers.

     

    2. Admission on the Strength of Qualifications Other than Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination Results

    (a) Minimum Entrance Requirement

    Candidates with other qualifications (for example, GCE-AL, IB, HKALE, Associate Degree/Higher Diploma) should apply for admission through non-JUPAS.

    Applicants should refer to the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the requirements of respective admission schemes.

    (b) Admission Interview

    Admission interview is usually conducted in March. Applicants should put Fine Arts programme in the first choice and fulfill the General University Entrance Requirements. When making applicantion at the University Online Application System, applicants must also submit a portfolio of their creative works or, if no creative works can be provided, a personal statement, through the system. The portfolio should not exceed 10 pages and file size should not exceed 5MB. Shortlisted applicants who are invited to attend the interview should bring along the hard copy of the portfolio.

    Applicants are welcomed to bring not more than 5 representative original works to the interview if there are any, and they should be easy to carry. Other supporting materials, such as sketchbook and visual dairies, are welcomed to bring along. The score of the portfolio and interview will be complemented by the academic merits to draw up a list of offers.

  • Fees and Funding

    The University’s tutition fee for 2016-17 is HK$42,100 (tution fee in 2017-18 is subject to confirmation). For non-local students, the tution fee for 2016-17 is HK$120,000.

  • FAQ

    • How will extra elective subjects be considered by the University?

      In addition to the 4 core and 2 elective subjects, bonus points will be awarded to the 7th subject. The size of the bonus point will depend on candidates’ result in the subject.

    • What is the format or language of the interview?

      For 2016 entry, an individual interview was arranged for candidates. Putonghua, English and Cantonese would be used. The interview might last for around 10-15 mins.

    • What do I need to bring along for the admission interview?

      If applicants have submitted a softcopy of portfolio, they also have to bring a hardcopy to attend the interview. They are also welcomed to bring not more than 5 representative original works to the interview if there are any and they should be easy to carry. Other supporting materials such as sketchbook and visual dairy are welcomed to bring along.

    • What are the major criteria when selecting candidates?

      Individual artistic merits, articulation of artistic ideas, and dedication towards the subject will also be assessed besides academic results.

    • Will I be invited for an interview if I do not put Fine Arts programme in Band A?

      Only candidates who have put Fine Arts programme in Band A will be invited for the interview.

    • What HKDSE subject results should I get in order to be admitted?

      Students may make reference to the admission grades of previous years. However, the overall grades of students admitted vary from year to year, the information provided is for reference only.