Programme Announcement

Programme Announcement

[New Course info] CUMT4005 Art and Propaganda — 2nd term, 2021-22

The course introduces the histories, theories, and debates about cultural activities for social and political causes. It investigates the relationship between cultural expressions and the infrastructure of power, and the application of arts and culture for social or political purposes. Apart from historical background prior to the twentieth century, the course covers movements such as USSR and the Chinese propaganda movements, propaganda during wartime Japan, the arts for civil right movements since the 1960s, and the emergence of socially-engaged arts since the 1990s. Case studies of similar movements in Hong Kong will also be included. At the end of this course, students should be able to critically assess the methods, content, and debates about cultural activities in specific sociopolitical contexts.

Dr. Simon Tu

Trained as an anthropologist, Dr. Simon Tu holds degrees in design culture and theory, anthropology, and Japanese studies. He has conducted extensive research on art festivals and other cultural activities for social purposes in Japan, and was invited by a Japanese nonprofit organization to join as a staff member for the Setouchi Triennale in 2016. His earlier research discusses artist space in Hong Kong. Tu’s research interests include the arts in urban and rural revitalization in Japan, Japanese visual cultures, and socially-engaged art. Before embarking on his academic journey, he was an active classical music critic.

Time : Wed 15:30 – 18:15
Venue : Lady Shaw Bldg C3
Course Instructor : Dr. Simon TU
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course info] CUMT4003 Culture-led City Development — 2nd term, 2021-22

This course aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the culture-led urban development phenomena and provide them with relevant theories and practical knowledge. It includes four sections: Section 1 introduces a variety of cultural phenomena or icons, especially those related to Hong Kong (e.g., the master storyteller Louis Cha [Jin Yong], filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, sinologist Jao Tsung-I, and martial artist Bruce Lee), and see how they promote urban development. Section 2 describes the urban history and cultural heritage of Hong Kong and Mainland China, with relevant discussions conducted in the tutorials. Section 3 introduces the multi-faceted concepts of cultural preservation and conservation, displays the disciplinary foundation of this topic, traces its history, and discusses the rationales and developing tendency. Section 4 is highly practical, teaching students a variety of methods in providing consultation and policy advice for culturally led urban development projects. Various practices that constitute a culturally led strategy will be discussed, such as how to identify and interpret cultural heritage, how to conserve living heritage in the urban environment, and how to connect heritage with the contemporary world. Topics also include how to balance archaeology and cultural tourism, how to market heritage through appropriate consumption of the past, how to develop creative cities and cultural facilities, and how to revive historical districts.

Time : Wed 12:30 – 15:15
Venue : T.C. Cheng Bldg 207
Course Instructor : Prof. PENG Peng
Language of Instruction : Putonghua and English

[New Course info] CUMT3007 Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries — 2nd term, 2021-22

This course introduces students to the basic knowledge of managing entrepreneurship, which is a key issue in the creative industries. It comprises three parts. The first part provides a general introduction. The second part discusses the nature of entrepreneurship in creative industries and demonstrates the entrepreneurial process, through which, creative ideas are generated, cultural diffusion is stimulated and innovation processes are carried out. It informs students of the key traits of the creative entrepreneurs and the business opportunities and models for entrepreneurship processes in the creative industries. In the third part, it explores the conducive policy conditions to support and encourage entrepreneurship in creative industries.

Time : Tue 12:30 – 15:15
Venue : Lee Shau Kee Bldg 202
Course Instructor : Prof. Isaac Leung
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course info] CUMT4008 Advanced Museum Studies — 1st term, 2021-22

What do curators do? How can arts and culture be researched, interpreted, and exhibited in provocative approaches?

To curators, it is crucial to not only engage with diverse practices of cultural professionals, but construct new narratives from the complex and unresolved histories of contemporary culture in fostering dialogues with wide ranges of audiences. This course provides critical study of curatorial practices, reviewing its tradition, limitations and possibilities for promoting cultural development.

Considering curatorial practices as a means of creative inquiry and knowledge making, this course examines different rationales and presentation modes of exhibitions and considers how the notion of curation evolves in response to changing climates of arts and culture. It also explores how digital technology would be used to bring multiple layers of engagement in an exhibition space.

In this course, we will develop creative means to interrogate personal stories within the context of local culture and present these stories through objects, images, and text.

Time : Tue 15:30 – 18:15
Venue : Wu Ho Man Yuen Bldg 408
Course Instructor : Dr. Vivian TING
Language of Instruction : Cantonese

[NEW MINOR PROG] Minor programme in Curation and Artistic Strategies

We are pleased to announce that a Minor programme in Curation and Artistic Strategies would be offered starting from the academic year 2021 – 22. The programme is co-organized by the BA Programme in Cultural Management and the Department of Fine Arts. Students admitted in 2018-19 and thereafter are eligible to take this minor programme.

For more detailed information and the study scheme, you are encouraged to visit our website 


[New Course info] CUMT2002 Language and Practice of Cultural Management — 2nd term, 2021-22

Course Description

With special emphasis on the practical perspectives of cultural management, the course looks into a wide range of critical sides of cultural management related issues. It covers several major areas including the cultural and social implications of cultural institution and their dynamic interaction with contemporary society, mode of governance and operation of different types of cultural institutions, basic administrative and technical skills in planning and implementing various types of cultural programmes. Moreover, other major areas concerning professional ethics in arts and culture, social responsibilities and responsiveness to community needs are also covered in the course. This course also aims to help students build a foundation for future career development and further specialized studies in arts and culture.


-The course teacher will invite cultural leaders and/or outstanding practitioners with substantial achievements in arts and culture to share their precious industrial or artistic experiences.

-The course teacher will arrange substantial experiential learning for the students, including fieldtrips to cultural institutions, performances and other cultural engagements.

Time : Mon 15:30 – 18:15
Venue : Yasumoto International Academic Park 411
Course Instructor : Prof. Fanny CHUNG
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course info] CUMT4101 Special Topics in Antiquities and Heritage Management — 2nd term, 2021-22

Architectural heritage has always been an indispensable form of cultural assets for mankind. It embodies both tangible and intangible manifestions of our culture in the built environment. But how much do we know about the historical and cultural significance of the architectural heritage in our own city?

This course will take you on an investigative journey to look at a number of significant architectural heritage sites in Hong Kong, ranging from stand-alone monuments, vernacular buildings and edifices at street level, to cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes at district level, as well as how the conservation and revitalization efforts of such are relevant and applicable to cultural management.

Before it is too late, come join us on this journey to recollect collective memories and rediscover cultural identities for our beloved city, whose memory is rapidly fading.

Dr. Hugo Chan

Dr. Hugo Chan holds degrees in architecture, business administration, urban planning and built heritage conservation, and he is one of the few Hong Kong and Mainland China based professional practitioners with well-rounded expertise in the key disciplines of the built environment field. A Registered Town Planner with extensive private practice experience in architectural, conservation and urban revitalization projects in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, he was appointed a key consultant for the Yangon Heritage Trust and co-authored the conservation master-plan for the city of Yangon, entitled Yangon Heritage Strategy: Combining Conservation and Development to Create Asia’s Most Liveable City (published in August 2016). His research interests cover vernacular architecture, historic urban landscapes, heritage management and urban conservation in Asia.

Time : Mon 12:30 – 15:15
Venue : Y.C. Liang Hall 106
Course Instructor : Dr. Hugo Chan
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course info] Series in Curation: CUMT2007 & CUMT3005

“Curating”,  a word that was once only used in museums, now has applications in everything in our lives, ranging from radio station DJs to almost all types of social media content. The popularity of the word reflects the growing importance of assembling, managing and presenting data and collection, a process of gathering information that brings maximum value relevant to different audiences.


CUMT 2007 Curation in Arts and Culture (Term 1, 2021-22)

is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about both historical and contemporary examples of how culture is understood through exhibition design and curating. By covering various forms of curatorial traditions, disruptive ideas, and emergent digital practices in the ever-expanding field of curation, this course equips students with the ability to question what they take for granted and reflect on existing issues conducive to different cultures, values and beliefs. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically examine how knowledge is created inside and outside of art institutions and how curation could potentially become public knowledge.

Time : Mon 15:30 – 18:15
Venue : William M W Mong Eng Bldg 402

Course Instructor : Prof. Isaac Leung
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English


CUMT3005 Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice* (Term 2, 2021-22)

aims to provide students with hands-on experience in exhibition curation and engages students in a broad spectrum of real-world experiences and professional networking opportunities, aiming to prepare students for future curatorial projects/jobs. It covers topics such as idea conceptualization, proposal writing, pitching, budgeting, contracting, publication, exhibition design, installation and exhibition maintenance. By co-curating an exhibition in a non-profit art space in Hong Kong, students will take part in the various stages of exhibition making. With a focus on exhibition experience, audience engagement, and sociability, this course will train students in the role of being a curator and enable students to develop leadership skills and critically apply knowledge conducive to creative outcomes.

*Course prerequisite: In order to enroll in CUMT3005, students must complete CUMT2007. 

Time : Mon 15:30 – 18:15
Venue : Lady Shaw Bldg G36

Course Instructor : Prof. Isaac Leung
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English