Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Programme Code

JS2030


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 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

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

Credits Required for Graduation

128

For over 40 years the Department has provided hundreds of graduates with a practical, creative and intellectual foundation for careers in music and music related fields. Our programme is designed to enable graduates to work intelligently and creatively towards their own areas of special interest.

There are 18 full-time and over 100 part-time and adjunct teaching staff in the Department. Many of them are leading artists and academics. Students accepted into the Department study with scholars and teachers in music theory and analysis, composition, music history, music education, and performance. The programme places a special emphasis on the role of technology and computers in various aspects of music, providing students with cutting-edge equipment and facilities. These include the vast array of electronic instruments and recording technology. Performance is an important part of music education at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Students participate intensively in solo, chamber and ensemble performance throughout the years of study.

The programme is based on the premise that music graduates should have a common foundation of academic knowledge combined with advanced creative and performance skills. This foundation uses electronic, computer, and recording technologies to support the creative, performance, and intellectual goals of the programme.
 

Unique Features

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music programme provides graduates with a practical and intellectual foundation for careers in music or music-related fields. In Year 2, students declare their specialties in one of the four Concentrations: 1) Composition; 2) Directed Studies; 3) Music Education and 4) Performance. Depending on their chosen Concentration, a selection of concentration courses in Years 2 & 3 prepares students for the Honours Project in Year 4, in the format of a composition portfolio, a concerto and recital performance, a lecture-recital, or a written thesis on music history, theory, music education, or music-related topic.

Students accepted into our degree programme study with a team of composers, performers, and music scholars who specialise in music composition, music education, keyboard performance, choral and orchestral conducting, Chinese and Western music history, and music theory and analysis. They will also have the opportunity to interact with visiting scholars and artists who come from Hong Kong, China, and many other countries, in seminars, lectures, master-classes, and recitals. The strong emphasis on solo, chamber, and ensemble performance throughout the four years provides our students with a rich experience in practical music making. The programme's emphasis on the role of technology and computers in various aspects of music is supported by cutting-edge equipment and facilities, including the Electro-Acoustic Music Centre (EMC) and the Laboratory for Immersive Arts and Technology (LIATe).

Our recent graduates have launched careers in education, arts management, audio and visual productions, and other music-related fields. Other graduates have continued their studies at graduate schools in Hong Kong, the United States, and Europe.
 

Career Opportunities

The intellectual and musical elements of the core and four concentrations are basic to most music-related career options. Graduates have a wide range of employment possibilities in teaching, performance, radio/ television, music-related business, arts management and further study. People who enter a music-related profession in Hong Kong are unusually resourceful and entrepreneurial. Throughout a career, an individual's interests and goals may change but the intellectual and physical disciplines of a good degree in music are applicable to success in many fields in the artistic life of the community. 
 

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.

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

CHINESE LANGUAGE

3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

3

LIBERAL STUDIES

2

MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART

2

Elective Subject(s)

Minimum Level

ANY 2 SUBJECTS Note

3

Note: 

  1. The Programme will consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements.
  2. The Programme will consider the following subjects as the second elective subject:
  • Applied Learning subjects at Attained with Distinction (I) or above; 
  • Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

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/ IGCSE English Grade C
GCE AS or A-Level English Grade E
HKDSE English Language Level 3
HKALE Use of English Grade E
IB Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)

OR

Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)
Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

For the Bachelor of Arts in Music programme, applicants are required to submit the highest examination results of music qualification (G.5 or above in theory and G.8 or above in practical, esp. for Chinese instruments) e.g. the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music