Academic Counselling Session for Freshmen

Date : 25 August 2020 (Tuesday)
Time : 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Mode : Online Session via ZOOM
ZOOM Meeting ID : 999 0714 5845
ZOOM Meeting Link : https://cuhk.zoom.us/j/99907145845


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[New Course Info] CUMT 4101 Special Topics in Cultural Management (Ritualistic Cantonese Opera and Local Culture of Hong Kong)— Term 1, 2020-21

Have you ever thought about these? 你知道嗎?

What is Ritualistic Opera?

Why are operas staged for Queen of Heaven on her birthday?

Is it true that in average no less than 300 ritualistic Cantonese operas and another 1000 commercial shows are staged yearly?

Who are the performers? Are they professionals? Can they make a living?

Some top stars of Cantonese opera are paid up to $25000 per day, is it true?

How much does it cost for hiring an opera company to perform for a 5-day ritual series?

How much does it cost for erecting a bamboo theatre that seats 1000 people?

The first ritualistic opera was staged in Hong Kong some 230 years ago, is it true?

What is Rite of Purification? What is Ghost Festival? Why are operas necessary?

Once the principal form of Cantonese opera performance and still forming a tradition that has lasted over 230 years, ritual opera staged for a variety of religious events in Hong Kong is gradually in decline due to a number of factors.

This course explores Cantonese opera in terms of its development, repertory, libretto, performing techniques, troupe organisation, and training of artists, aiming at unfolding to students how an art form is preserved and developed within the traditional and local religious and ritualistic context of Hong Kong.




Time : Tue 15:30 – 18:15
Zoom meeting ID : 940 7413 0725 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Prof. CHAN Sau Yan
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course Info] CUMT 4101 Special Topics in Cultural Management (Film appreciation and film curatorship) — Term 2, 2020-21

This course is an introduction to the elements of film language and aesthetics as well as an examination of film as a powerful art form and cultural phenomenon. It also offers a historical, intellectual and conceptual understanding of film festival and curatorial practice. The students will learn about the various film festivals and events in Hong Kong.  Through the lectures, screenings, combination of individual and group work you will learn how to integrate theoretical knowledge and critical thinking with professional skills, such as creative collaboration, funding, programming, establishing industry links, sourcing films, promotion and communicating with diverse audiences.

About Mr. Vincent CHUI

Graduated from Communications Arts Department of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Started his career in Hong Kong Broadcast Television Company. He’s been working in the independent field since 1993. Founded Ying E Chi, a Hong Kong Independent film Collective, with the fellow independent filmmakers to promote and distribute their films in the 1997. Now the artistic director of the above organization and has been curating the Hong Kong independent film festival since 2011. Made his first feature Leaving in Sorrow in 2001.  The second feature Fear of Intimacy was selected in competition category in Moscow International Film Festival, 2004. The most recent film was Fig(2013). In recent years, he has produced two documentary films Yellowingand Lost in the Fumes.

Time : To be Confirmed
Venue : To be Confirmed
Course Instructor : Mr. Vincent CHUI
Language of Instruction : Cantonese

[New Course Info] CUMT 4007 Museum Studies — Term 2, 2020-21

What do museums do? How can we draw inspirations from museological thinking to foster local cultural development?

Museums have undertaken many roles, such as being repositories of antiques, temples of genuine artworks, guardians of knowledge and platforms for life-long learning. This course looks museum practices, such as collecting, cataloguing, researching, and exhibition-making, and considers how museums can shape a new form of public life around a full range of cultural and heritage resources.

Drawing from case studies and recent museological debates, this course also examines how museums balance their diverse roles and responsibilities against a backdrop of changing social agendas, commercial competition and a world of diversifying communication technologies? It challenges to what extent a museum can serve its public as a community power house.


Course Instructor : Dr. Vivian TING
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English
Time & Venue : To be Confirmed

[New Course Info] CUMT 3004 Public and Community Art — Term 2, 2020-21

Working in public sphere becomes an important trendy practice of contemporary art starting from the mid 90’s, artists of new generation are getting more interests in conceiving their work in public sphere, instead of private studio and gallery, where art was normally produced and displayed. 

Practice of art in public sphere has changed the rules of games in art making, artist needs to take into consideration of being responsible to the others, how to work with others, especially with those who doesn’t necessarily has compassion in art. When artists consider themselves as the stakeholder in the society, the definition and function of art expand and change considerably, resulting the changes in media, techniques and purposes.

 The course will touch on two main focuses: 

1) How artist engages community and produce values

2) Institutional operation of public art


Course Instructor : Prof. CHAN Yuk Keung Kurt
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English
Time & Venue : To be Confirmed

[New Course Info] CUMT 2010 Music, Culture and Outreach — Term 2, 2020-21

With appreciating and an analysis of a wide spectrum of musical genres and major masterpieces throughout the history of music as an entry point, and through a critical review of the contemporary trends and issues of outreach and education in music, the course seeks to explore:

  • What are the major landmarks in the history of music? How do they provide different perspectives on the development of culture, society, and music?
  • What is “educated listener”? How to nurture educated audience in music?
  • Is music a powerful means in the phenomenon of human development, in terms of cognitive development, social-emotional wellbeing, neuroscience, aesthetics, creativity, self-esteem, overall academic achievement, etc.?
  • What are the new ideas and current trends in outreach and music education?
  • What are the contemporary theories, practices, and pedagogies of music education that inform the formulation of strategies for achieving a wide range of musical and non-musical outcomes?
  • How do performing arts organizations’ outreach programmes reflect their keen efforts in engaging with the community, publicizing the arts, and nurturing talents?

The above will be discussed through lectures, music listening and analysis, guest sharing, and other experiential learning experiences.

Course Instructor : Prof. Fanny Chung
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English
Time & Venue : To be Confirmed

[New Course Info] CUMT 3003 New Media Arts Management — Term 1, 2020-21

The course aims to provide basic introduction of new media arts management to the students, enhance their knowledge towards the understandings of the art and cultural environment in Asia based on the global new media arts development. The objective is to introduce the importance of how management skills could be applied in creative industries, and how the management processes enhance a media art project from curatorial idea to execution. The course will also provide an overall picture to the students about the current new media arts scene in Asia, and serve as a basic foundation to enhance their understandings and interest in the arts and cultural field. During the semester, we will go through the basic knowledge about the artforms, explore various idea research methods as well as the project management skills for new media art projects/ programmes by various case studies. Practicum will be offered in collaboration with Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2020 to widen students’ horizon in working with art practitioners and in contact with artists and creators.

Joel Kwong, an experienced media art practitioner, a columnist and transmedia specialist, who devoted more than 15 years in curating and producing media art and design programmes in Asia will share her expertise throughout the course.


Time : Thu 15:30 – 18:15
Zoom meeting ID : 970 0817 3390 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Ms. Joel Kwong
Language of Instruction : Cantonese

[New Course Info] CUMT 3001 Visual Arts Management — Term 1, 2020-21

How do you turn your creativity into managerial skills?

How do you make changes through creative means?


The endeavour of visual art management encompasses the pursuit of excellent art programes, the means of management practices and the tools of audience development.

This course comprises two sections:

  1. Researching into artists’ practices, it considers how art projects could be developed;
  2. Examining notions of contemporary art, it reviews management practices, especially what art can do for communities.

To facilitate online learning experiences, this course will be conducted through case studies, creative exercises, and interviewing artists and art managers.


Time : Tue 12:30 – 15:15
ZOOM Meeting ID : 982 7981 2167 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Dr. Vivian TING
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course Info] CUMT 2009 Introduction to the Art Market — Term 1, 2020-21

This course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills on how to identify the dynamic roles and activities of key players and institutions in the art market. It begins with an introduction to the history of art market, patronage system and art market logic. Various practical skills are covered, including art valuation methods, techniques of buying and selling art, and agreements and laws that govern art transactions. In addition to practical skills, this course also encourages students to critically evaluate the complex relationships between the economy, aesthetic values and social behaviors within the global marketplace. Special focus will be on emerging technologies and platforms concerning the global online art market.


Time : Mon 12:30 – 15:15
ZOOM Meeting ID : 941 0391 3625 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Prof. Isaac Leung
Language of Instruction : Cantonese and English

[New Course Info] CUMT 2006 / UGED 2286 Understanding Chinese Art through Exhibitions — Term 1, 2020-21

The course uses “exhibition” as an entry point to engage with issues concerning Chinese art. The course will first examine the theory and history of exhibition. Then, it will proceed to explore important exhibitions that have shaped our understanding of Chinese art. Students will design an exhibition on a topic of their choice as their final project.

Time : Mon 15:30 – 18:15
Zoom meeting ID : 988 9736 0709 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Prof. Hye-shim Yi
Language of Instruction : English

[New Course Info] CUMT2004 / UGED2285 Chinese Material Culture — Term 1, 2020-21

This is a cross-disciplinary course straddles the studies of history, anthropology, and sociology from the perspective of material objects. The course intends to achieve two goals: first, it leads students to identify and appreciate the traditional Chinese values, embodied in the many production types pertinent to what we now regard as Chinese; and second, it explains how those various material types ended up being included and translated as the representative categories of Chinese civilization throughout the historical times.

The course will begin from the basic by introducing the mainstream material productions from ancient to modern China: jades, antique bronzes, lacquer, ceramics, architecture, silk, as well as grave goods. The discussions instruct students to appreciate these essential elements of Chinese culture from the perspectives of their physical qualities, craftsmanship, and historical values. They are also to encourage students to think about the roles of material objects in shaping cultural, ethnic, and even national identities.

Time : Thu 12:30 – 15:15
ZOOM Meeting ID: 914 6304 3699 (This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Prof. PENG Peng
Language of Instruction : Putonghua and English

[New Course Info] CUMT2001 Chinese Archaeology and Food Culture — Term 1, 2020-21

Archaeology reveals many interesting findings about ancient social lives. Food has always been an essential category in human culture. The amount of food surplus determines the strength and social bonding of a society; and rituals are usually revolved around food preparation, presentation, and distribution. In China, a large number of archaeological sites contained remains of food, and occasionally drink. This course picks the representative sites to illustrate what food meant to a society that can be summarized in categories listed below:
1. Consumption of staple food: rice and noodles;
2. Perception of tastes: sweetness and bitterness;
3. Cooking methods: steaming and roasting;
4. Exotic food: what had been imported to China and when?
5. Drinks: tea and wine;
6. Rituals that involved food.

Time : Wed 12:30 – 15:15
Zoom Meeting ID : 999 1545 8923(This ID will be used for first three weeks)
Course Instructor : Prof. PENG Peng
Language of Instruction : Putonghua and English