What will I learn?

This programme is research-oriented. A student is required to:

  • Complete an approved programme of supervised research;
  • Present a written thesis which demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the candidate’s field of study and which describes and summarizes the research undertakings and findings;
  • Satisfy the Board of Examiners in an oral examination (and any other examination if deemed necessary), on matters relevant to the subject of the thesis; and
  • Comply with supervision, attendance and all coursework requirements as laid down by the respective Faculty/ School/AVA.

Academy of Visual Arts

Our research postgraduate programme is based on identifying, understanding and developing creative practice as a specialised field of knowledge production. It is particularly focused on practice-led research strategies and methodologies in the visual arts with the intention of supporting the development of the individual creative arts practitioners' works and research. The programme is studio-based, enabling the production of new bodies of work within a structure of tutorials, seminars, and lectures that requires research candidates to evaluate and reflect on a range of conceptual, philosophical, material and theoretical frameworks, and demonstrate their understanding of contemporary critical thinking and visual art practice.

Practice-led Research is concerned with the nature of practice and leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that practice. The focus of the research is to develop knowledge about practice, or to advance knowledge within practice. The output of practice-led research will accumulate as a written thesis, which may also include a creative outcome. By comparison, Practice based Research is an original investigation undertaken to gain new knowledge partly by means of practice and the outcomes of that practice.

Current areas of research expertise include but are not limited to: Body Aesthetics and Performance Art, Chinese Arts (practical and theoretical), Contemporary and Modern Art, Design, Hong Kong Art and Culture, Interactive Media, Time-based Media, Material Culture, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Public Art and Community, and Visual Culture Studies.

Which department am I in?

Academy of Visual Arts

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
Government/Research Grants Funded: HK $42,100 /year; Self-funded Fees: HK $84,200 /year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

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

Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree programme should possess:

  1. a bachelor’s degree with honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  2. a qualification deemed to be equivalent; and shall, if required, satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.

Normally, only first and second class honours graduates will be considered to have met the admissions criterion under paragraph (1). Graduates with third class honours degrees, with a period of relevant work experience and satisfactory results in the qualifying examination may also be considered.

An applicant seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 550(PBT)/79(IBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5.

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

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