Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Music in Creative Industries

Programme Code


Year of Entry

Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2019

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000^ (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation


The Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Creative Industries Programme will offer professional training in scoring and popular music performance for film, television, video games, and other visual media. The Programme will provide a new articulation path for students with two options in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Game and Popular Music Performance and Song-writing. Students will study and develop skills in scoring for film and television, video games and visual media, popular music performance, song-writing, and music technologies for media production.


Unique Features

This programme offers comprehensive training to aspiring composers, vocalists, and instrumentalists for careers in the creative and entertainment industries. Students in the Popular Music Performance and Song-writing Concentration will develop capabilities that will enable them to enter the music industry as performer-songwriters, lyricists, instrumental and/or vocal performers, arrangers, and music producers. Students in the Scoring for Film, Television and Video Game Concentration will develop musical skills and knowledge to function as composers, orchestrators, music supervisors, music editors, conductors, and music producers in the film, television, recording, and video game industry.

Within the framework of a liberal arts university, apart from the professional training they receive through their major, students will gain insights into the larger issues of Preview Programme science, society, human community, global cultures – knowledge that is essential for the education of professional artist-musician in music and media.


Career Opportunities 

Graduates of this programme will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in the creative and entertainment industries, functioning as film and video games composers, songwriters, contemporary music performers, and music producers.



# Subject to annual review and the University's approval.

We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).


Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Final Year Students/ Holders

AD/ HD holders or final year students may apply for Year 1 or Year 3 entry.


Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Non-final Year Students

Non-final year students studying AD/ HD programmes at a higher education institution recognised by the University are eligible to apply for Year 1 entry only. These applicants are required to fulfill the Entrance Requirements for HKDSE or equivalent qualifications.


Transfer Students

Transfer students are current students enrolled in a full-time or sandwich government-funded or self-financed degree programme at a recognised institution.

Applicants who have completed at least one year of study of a degree programme may apply for Year 1 entry. They should fulfil the University and the Programme Entrance Requirements.

Inter-institutional transfer of students enrolled in a local government-funded programme is considered on a case-by-case basis.


Degree Holders

Holders of Bachelor’s/ Master’s/ Doctoral Degree or students studying in the final year of a degree programme may apply for Year 1 or Year 3 entry.


General Entrance Requirements

For Applicants with HKDSE:

General Entrance Requirements

Core Subject(s)

Minimum Level









Elective Subject(s)

Minimum Level



- This programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as unspecified elective subject.


For Applicants with other International Qualifications, please refer to International Qualifications.


English Language Requirements

The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:

Public examination results
Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6.0
SAT Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
ACT Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading
GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE First Language English Grade C/ Grade 4
IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B/ Grade 5
GCE AS or A-Level English Grade E
HKDSE English Language Level 3
HKALE Use of English Grade E

Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)


Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)

Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

The programme seeks candidates who are creative, collaborative, and open to new ideas; who are problem solvers and entrepreneurs; and who have something extra that sets them apart from other music students. We consider every aspect of a candidate's strengths, including but not limited to: melody writing, harmony usage, ensemble collaboration, industry knowledge, arrangement, orchestration, visual media comprehension, computer software competence, etc. We are looking for evidence of either 1) a talent for enhancing visual media with music composition, and with a mind-set of a storyteller; or 2) strong performance, artistic, and creative abilities.

All applicants must have both a good result in Grade 8 ABRSM practical or its equivalent and at least Grade 5 in ABRSM Theory (or its equivalent), and/or show other evidence of distinction in music.

In addition to the general admission requirements by the University and the Department, applicants are required to submit a portfolio and to attend a written test and an interview/audition.

The applicant's ability can be assessed by the following criteria: interview/audition, portfolio (for scoring) or audition / video recording (for performance), and written test.


  1. For the applicants for “Scoring for Film, Television and Video Game Concentration”: 2 to 3 pieces of contrasting music (visual media optional), preferably with notated scores. The scoring portfolio should demonstrate potential in various styles of composition, such as orchestral or electronic context, and in musical storytelling for visual media.
  2. For the applicants for “Popular Music Performance and Songwriting Concentration”: short video of performance of existing music, plus recordings of original compositions. The performance portfolio should demonstrate performance (instrumental or vocal), songwriting, and other creative ability.

Interview/audition and written test
After screening of portfolios, select applicants will be invited to an interview / audition that aims to know more about their passion as well as knowledge in and related to the creative industry. They will also be given a written test that aims to gauge their ability in music theory and aural skills on an instrument.