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Orientation Week - Performing Arts Research Unit

Welcome to the Orientation Week page for the Performing Arts Research Unit!

Greetings from the Performing Arts Research Unit!​

This page will give you a brief introduction about what our unit does, where to find us and how we support your academic work. If you would like to learn more about us, you could visit our unit’s website or contact us at

As part of the orientation week program, PAR unit is organised a Zoom meeting on Monday, 28th September 2020 to help the postgraduate students embark on the journey of postgraduate study and research. The recording can be viewed below.

What Does the Performing Arts Research Unit Do?

The Performing Arts Research (PAR) Unit fosters education and training focusing on Practice-as-Research (PaR) in the performing arts and related technical arts. The unit provides academic support to the undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as the faculty members in the Academy. ​

PAR seeks to build a culture of engaging in Practice-as-Research within the Academy through the formation and nurturing of a community of reflective practitioners. A range of activities and resources have thus been developed, including Certificate Course on PaR for Teaching and Learning, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Postgraduate Student Workshop Series, Undergraduate Academy Elective Course, PaR film series, online resources, and various workshops and events.​

You will be able to find more about the above events on the PAR website.​

►Click here to learn more about what is PaR

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Undergraduate Studies

The Academy is committed to equipping its students with the tools and skills necessary for knowledge acquisition through PaR in the performing arts, and nurturing students to become reflective practitioners. To introduce PaR at the undergraduate level, our unit offers an Academy-Elective course, designs and delivers tailor-made workshops for different disciplines and year levels in collaboration with faculty members from schools.

Below are some of the workshops we have delivered:​

  • Workshop on Reflective Practice​
  • Workshop on Articulated Learning​
  • Workshop on incorporating PaR elements in final year projects

The Academy-Elective Course our unit offers:​

  • LAAEB3401 Reflective Practice in Performing Arts

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Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Competency Courses

Our unit coordinates a list of Postgraduate Competency Courses for master's students. These courses, either taken as required courses or electives, aim to develop core competency and general knowledge in areas like research, academic writing, performance studies and performing arts education.

Course offerings for Semester 1, 2020/21 can be found on the Intranet here.

Postgraduate Student Workshop Series​

These extracurricular workshops aim to provide opportunities for postgraduate students to practise research skills and to get academic support on research. ​

Workshop offerings, Semester 1, 2020/21:​

  • Research Design​
  • Data Documentation & Preservation​
  • Qualitative Data Analysis​
  • What is an Exegesis?​
  • Exegesis Writing Skills​
  • Presenting Research​

Click here for further details

Student testimonials

The Research Clinic

The Research Clinic provides in-depth advice and individualised support to postgraduate students on issues related to their research projects at any stage. The Research Clinic is open on Wednesdays or Thursdays to provide one-on-one consultation by the academic staff in our unit. ​

Click here for further details


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Resources on Research and Practice-as-Research

Our Unit develops learning resources providing you with a range of materials on Practice-as-Research, including examples of projects conducted by Practice-as-Researchers in different performing arts disciplines, and sharing of views from experts on key things that we need to consider when undertaking PaR projects.

Check out our website and Canvas site (login needed) to look for these materials. ​

To get to our website from the HKAPA homepage, go to the dropdown menu for "Library & Resources" and click on "Performing Arts Research":

Our homepage will show you the following menu:

To view materials on Canvas from the HKAPA homepage, scroll to the bottom and click on "Canvas LMS". You will be taken to the login page. Click on "APA Staff and Students" to login with your HKAPA e-mail account credentials. When you enter Canvas, you should see the CPAR Resources (Students) option.

There you can find resources such as worksheets, videos and materials. See below for a sample video clip:

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How to Contact Us

Contact us at

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