School of Creative Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts

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 classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

Class Start Date

September 2024

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$160,000 (non-local) i

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Description

Programme Vision

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts programme celebrates the interdisciplinary intersections within art, design and media in between. Recent developments have introduced new processes, technology and situations that have resulted in an expanded notion of artistic practices beyond the traditional ways of engaging with and learning about the visual arts. The Academy considers all creative disciplines as equally valuable outlets for creative ideas and prepares its students to think, act and respond creatively to the circumstances around them.

Teaching Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts Programme at the Academy of Visual Arts is a professional degree that focuses on intensive practice-led work in the visual arts supported by a programme in General Education. It emphasises creativity, versatility, and intelligent articulation, thus enabling its graduates to enter professional, studio-based careers in such fields as studio arts, design, and/or craft after earning the degree. Our BA-students have the opportunity to develop technical competencies, informed aesthetic judgment, and an understanding of the context in which contemporary work is created, rooted in the ever-shifting cultural climate of creative production.

Programme Structure

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts Programme is a comprehensive study programme in visual arts that incorporates subjects from across the scope of fine arts, design, craft and art theory. As a guiding principle of the programme, students will progress from breadth to depth over the time of study. Accordingly upon entry to the programme and completion of the required introductory courses, all students may choose electives that match with their personal preferences, their talent, and/or professional career intentions. Based on their choices in Year 2 they will further choose their courses in Year 3 and Year 4, thereby gradually developing a focus in their studies, which will finally articulate in one of two available programme concentrations:

- Studio and Media Arts (SMA); or

- Craft and Design (CD)

Unique Features

  • Leading practice-based art & design academy in Hong Kong
  • International teaching team and first-class studio facilities
  • Professional degree, professional career


Student Learning Experiences

We require all students of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts programme to undertake a self-organised non-credit-bearing work experience (internship, work placement, or similar) during their time of study. The work experience links classroom theory to professional practice and provides the student with learning experiences beyond the academic programme. Such experiences are invaluable for the student's professional and personal development, giving them the opportunity to experience the wider arenas of the creative and cultural sectors.


Career Opportunities

The majority of our graduates are full-time employed, work in their own businesses or as freelancers. Among the full-time/self-employed graduates, the greater part works in the creative and cultural sectors, with a significant proportion also in visual arts education, or in public relations and communication, marketing or research.



Candidates are required to submit a portfolio for assessment. Shortlisted candidates are required to attend practical tests and an interview. Interview performance will be specially considered. For portfolio submission guidelines, assessment details as well as schedules, please visit:


  1. Subject to University annual review.