Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing

Programme Code

JS2022


Year of Entry

JUPAS - HKDSE: 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

First Year Intake Number

14

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

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

Credits Required for Graduation

128

Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements
HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS Notes 3


Notes:
1) The first elective must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The second elective can be any of the following subjects:
a) Category A subjects;
b) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

 

Programme Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative and Professional Writing Programme of the Hong Kong Baptist University is the first UGC-funded undergraduate programme in Hong Kong tertiary institutions dedicated to creative and professional writing learning in both Chinese and English languages. Apart from cultivating students to write in creative and professional fields, the Creative and Professional Writing Programme also aims to nurture students' academic potential, cultural dimensions and sense of creativity, and to enhance their professional value.

The Programme emphasises the following general aims:

  • To provide students with a vigorous curriculum to develop creative and professional writing skills in Chinese and English languages;
  • To develop students' abilities when writing professionally in different genres and contexts to enhance students' career opportunities;
  • To cultivate students to produce original works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction;
  • To enhance students' cultural literacy which would act as a solid basis for their creative and professional writing;
  • To build up their knowledge for self-directed and life-long learning in the world of professional writing and publishing.


Unique Features

The Programme carries certain distinguishing characteristics:

  • Bilingual Teaching and Learning: Students will read, write and speak in Chinese as well as English, developing their skills in both languages. Bilingual ability enables students to respond to Hong Kong's specific linguistic environment.
  • Interdisciplinarity: All the Creative and Professional Writing courses are designed to ensure that students are exposed to the writing demands and strategies of diverse disciplines, including art criticism, language, literature, history, philosophy, media studies, business and science.


Student Learning Experiences

Overseas Exchange – The Department of Humanities and Creative Writing (HMW) is an active participant in the university overseas exchange programme. The Department exchange co-ordinator communicates very well with the International Office to promote this event among HMW students.

Writing Internship – The Creative and Professional Writing Programme has designed a required course "Writing Internship" to create opportunities for students to learn by participating in real-life experiences and working for different institutes. The potential internship opportunities include literary agencies, magazine or book publishers, theatre or film groups, non-profit arts organisations, book reviewers, advertising agencies, websites, etc.

Summer Study Tour – The Study Tour is a long-standing tradition of HMW. In the past we made arrangements with overseas universities to provide a rich learning experience for the students.

Career Opportunities

The practicum of the Creative and Professional Writing Programme has two focuses: one is on creative writing while another one on professional writing. Not everyone can become a great creative writer, but professional writing always includes a significant creative component. Our society urgently needs writers of all kinds. The professional writing portion of the curriculum, with good infusion of the creative side, can prepare students to work for a great variety of future careers. It goes without saying that graduates with excellent writing skills, both in English and Chinese, are of great demand. It does not only meet the demand of the market in creative industry, news media, publishing houses, editorship of journals, government offices, non-profit and charity organisations, education sector, etc., but also in business, industrial, and financial sectors. There would be a strong demand for the graduates of this Programme from the education sector that increasingly emphasises the writing education. The interdisciplinary approach would also build a solid foundation for students to pursue postgraduate studies.

Employers are likely to choose someone who graduated with creative mind with good language and writing skills, because the graduate with a proficiency in languages will take years to cultivate, and creative mind is greatly in need.

Admissions Scholarship

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a new scholarship starting from the 2020 intake:

Sum of HKDSE Score
(4 Core plus 2 electives)
Amount of Scholarship
30 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
29 $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)


The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study (HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme) will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme.  

Please refer to the website for more details.

Remarks

Students may take an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree plus a Diploma in Education.

The Programme will consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements and as a whole subject in score calculation.

The Programme will NOT consider any Applied Learning subjects as an unspecified elective subject.

The Programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as the second elective subject.

In general, the scores for the Other Language subjects (Category C) are converted as follows:

A=5**, B=5*, C=5, D=4, E=3

  1. Upon score calculation and compilation of interview results (if any), eligible applicants will be given a rank in the Merit Order List to the JUPAS Office. The Merit Order List will be generated according to the priority given to the list of Tie-breakers. During the admissions process, the following are the most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University.
     
    The most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University
    Tie-breakers Remarks
    HKDSE Academic Score (plus interview score, if any) Derived from the score formula of individual programme
    (The programme will consider 4 core subjects plus 2 best electives in Academic Score calculation.)
    Interview Performance Applicable to School Principal's nominees / applicants with a disability / OEA applicants / regular applicants with interview
    Band Band A applicants will be ranked first then Band B, and so on.
    A (Prog. Choice 1 - 3) >
    B (Prog. Choice 4 - 6) >
    C (Prog. Choice 7 - 10) >
    D (Prog. Choice 11 - 15) >
    E (Prog. Choice 16 - 20)
    HKDSE English Score Take the best score of HKDSE English Language Result
     
  2. If a programme ranks the tie-breakers as: '1' to 'HKDSE Academic Score', '2' to 'Band', '3' to 'HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score', applicants with highest HKDSE Academic Score will be ranked first. If there are two applicants having the same HKDSE Academic Score, the one who places the programme in a higher band choice will be ranked higher. If the two applicants are the same on the first 2 tie-breakers, their HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be compared, the one with higher HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be given a higher rank, and so on.

 

Note:

As programmes select students not only on the basis of the HKDSE results, the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.). Please be reminded that information listed above is for reference ONLY and is subject to change, and should NOT be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme.