Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Studies



What will I learn?

In keeping with the Liberal Arts mission of Lingnan, Visual Studies emphasises transferable skills and a whole-person approach to education. Visual Studies adopts a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the study of art, aesthetics, and visual expression and its appreciation. Experiential learning is an integral part of the curriculum and central to the studio, internship, and service learning courses. A well-established Artist-in-Residence programme, involving local as well as non-local artists, provides ample opportunities for active engagement with the art world.


  1. To provide students with a grounding in art history, philosophical aesthetics, cognitive film studies and museum studies, and to develop students’ capacity to make cross-disciplinary connections amongst these areas through an issues-oriented approach;
  2. To provide students with opportunities to engage in research expression, understood as the exploration of research questions through art practice;
  3. To foster values that result in lifelong engagement with creativity, art and community.


Visual Studies graduates work in a wide variety of fields such as:

  • Arts administration
  • Art education
  • Art facilitation
  • Art practice
  • Fashion, jewelry and graphic design
  • Media
  • Museums and galleries
  • Photography
  • Universities

The employment track record of our graduates is also proven in many different sectors, including:

  • Airlines
  • Banking and finance
  • Journalism
  • Nursing

VS graduates have also been successful in securing admission to competitive graduate programmes in Hong Kong and abroad. They have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in different prestigious institutions, including:

  • New York University
  • Stockholm University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Columbia University
  • Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, and
  • King's College London

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,84,466) per year
Application deadline

Expected May, July 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grade 4 in one of the following English Language subjects: English A, English B, English Literature and Performance

For international students

One of the following:

  • A degree or a sub-degree awarded by a recognised post-secondary institution
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma or its equivalent at a recognised post-secondary institution

Entry requirements vary country by country.

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants are also required to fulfill one of the following English language requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Grade 4 in English Language
  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 6.0 in Academic Module

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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