The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)
Developments within the visual arts in the last century have introduced new processes and situations, which have resulted in an expanded notion of creative practice beyond the traditional concepts of art and/or design, bringing forward new practices that are no longer based upon strictly distinguished disciplines or particular media, but are rather a hybrid of many. Accordingly, the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts Programme operates in the interdisciplinary area of creative practice that lies across and between media, thus it does not distinguish between fine arts and design. Instead at the Academy of Visual Arts we consider all creative disciplines as equally valuable outlets for creative ideas and concepts.
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.
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:
- Craft & Design (CD); OR
- Studio & Media Arts (SMA).
- First practice-based art & design academy in Hong Kong
- International teaching team and first-class studio facilities
- Professional degree, professional career
- Top 100 art and design schools in QS World University Rankings 2017
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 students' professional and personal development, giving them the opportunity to experience the wider arenas of the creative and cultural sectors.
The majority our graduates are full-time employed, work in their own businesses or as freelancers. Among the fulltime/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.
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).
General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma & SAT
GCE: Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.)
IB: IB Diploma. Applicants should request the IB organisation to send their scores to the University via internet (HKBU institution code: 000247).
SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8. Applicants should request the College Board to send scores to the University (HKBU institution code: 7904).
Other Overseas Qualifications by Region
Applicants who apply for admission on the basis of overseas qualifications should refer to particular region for details. Given the diversity of education systems around the world, the acceptable overseas qualifications listed may not cover every region.
The University normally expects applicants to have obtained 12-year pre-university years of schooling. School-leaving qualifications that are acceptable for admission to universities in other places may not necessarily be acceptable or sufficient for admission to the University.
English Language Requirements
The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:
|Proficiency Tests||Minimum Requirements|
|TOEFL||Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-delivered test - a sum score of 60
(TOEFL MyBestTM Score is not accepted.)
|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|
|AP||Score 4 or above in AP English Language and Composition/ AP English Literature and Composition|
|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|
|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)
Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)
|Cambridge English C1 Advanced/ C2 Proficiency||Grade C|
|Others||Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University|
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: https://ava.hkbu.edu.hk/en/bachelor/admission/admission-ex/2