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What will I learn?

Programme Overview

Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MA in Visual Arts) is a practice-based taught post-graduate programme with international impact and cross-cultural scope in terms of student origins, staffing, course contents as well as curricular and extra-curricular collaborations with other international institutions. Students can choose from two concentrations namely Studio & Media Arts and Craft & Design. These two concentrations cover a wide range of creative practices from fine arts to applied arts; from individual expressions to socio-cultural applications to fulfill the needs of local and international creative talents

MA in Visual Arts programme structure consists of two types of courses with different emphases. The core courses introduce common knowledge and skills for practitioners in different visual arts disciplines as well as encourage interdisciplinary integration through combined group projects. The concentration-based courses provide tutorial supervision for students to investigate an identified issue/theme/creative approach in their respective creative practice. Students’ continuous development in the Concentration-based Courses will form the final creative project to be presented in the Graduation Exhibition.

Apart from the regular programme structure, students will also benefit from the interaction with visiting scholars and artists, participation in conferences and other collaborative projects with museums, the community and the industry organized by the Academy of Visual Arts.

Programme Aims and Objectives

  • to nurture creative talents with contemporary research methodologies, in-depth professional knowledge and skills as well as cross-cultural and interdisciplinary awareness in diverse visual arts studio practices;
  • to locate students’ artistic and academic practices in global and local socio-cultural contexts;
  • to enable students to develop their own creative profiles according to their research interests in a specific visual arts discipline (their declared concentration); and
  • to meet the growing demand for professional practitioners in the cultural and creative sectors in Hong Kong and beyond.


– MA in Visual Arts (Studio and Media Arts)
– MA in Visual Arts (Craft and Design)

Graduates from this programme can move into the professional sphere as visual artists, designers and/or artisans within the wider spectrum of the creative and cultural industries.

Graduates are also able to pursue further studies and research in Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts and/or Doctor of Philosophy, at the Academy of Visual Arts.

Which department am I in?

Academy of Visual Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$100,000.00 (10,15,847) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Hong Kong Baptist University

Kowloon Tong,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor's degree for admission to a Taught Postgraduate degree programme; English Language Requirements: TOEFL - 550 (Paper-based), 79 (Internet-based); or IELTS (Academic): Overall Band at 6.5; or CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 450.

For international students

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or comparable institution; or
  • An equivalent qualification.

Applicants are expected to communicate in English at an advanced level, meeting one or more of the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification earned from an English-medium institution; or
  • A band score of 6.5 or above in IELTS; or
  • TOEFL scores of 79 (internet-based); or
  • CET-6 (College English Test band 6): 450.


Applicants should have relevant experience in respective studio practice. A portfolio of past works (5-10 images of original artworks in digital format or photographs) has to be submitted with the application.

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


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