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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Drama

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Drama

Launched in 2012, the four-year BFA (Honours) Degree in Drama programme is structured to produce professional practitioners with a vision of the arts in society, and a concern for their importance, relevance and development. To a rigorous regimen of practical craft-skills work are added conceptual knowledge of the development of theatre practice, both historical and contemporary, Western and Asian. This is complemented with courses that offer a wider appreciation of the performing arts, liberal arts, humanities and languages.

The BFA acting major provides professional and systematic training in acting through formal classes, which are then honed, developed and explored in both contemporary and classical drama performances. The programme addresses the growing complexity of student needs in the current Hong Kong and greater China market, thereby giving its graduates a better competitive advantage. In line with most drama schools of international standing, the programme is progressively more industry-focused, providing a plethora of opportunities for the practical application of their training in productions, in touring, industry showcase and other related acting work. Towards their final year, students will acquire higher skills levels and greater interdisciplinary dexterity, in fields such as musical theatre, physical theatre, devising theatre and applied theatre.

The craft of directing is taught by extensive experience in directing workshops, assistant to director and dramaturgical work, and where possible, with internships in local professional companies. Contemporary and classic texts are explored and performance contexts from the mainstream to devising and site specific are investigated. A high level of aesthetic sophistication will be developed as well as excellence in communication and leadership skills. The course is intensive and as it is taught in Cantonese, Putonghua and English, students are expected be biliterate and trilingual.