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Admission & Audition

Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes

The Academy selects applicants for admission on the basis of the general admission requirements for the Master’s Degree programmes, the programme specific requirements and applicants’ talents, attainments and relevant training, in the chosen disciplines.

Applicants may be asked to attend an audition and/or an interview or to submit a portfolio or to sit an entry test or a combination of these as deemed necessary by the schools which offer the respective programmes.

Details of audition, interview and selection requirements please refer to the School sections.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess :

  1. Bachelor (Honours) degree in relevant discipline from the Academy; or undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution; or another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution; and
  2. Band 5.5 or above in IELTS; or 59 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a test centre recognised by the Academy), if the Bachelor’s Degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English; and
  3. Specific requirements prescribed by the respective programmes, if any.

For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please consult the Registry at aso.admission@hkapa,edu.

 

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess an overall programme grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Supporting Materials

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit a digital video file of, or online links to, at least one of the following, in support of their statement of intent:

  1. applicant's choreography consisting of a group work and solo or duet choreographed within the last three years;
  2. applicant's performance in at least two contrasting roles;
  3. portfolio of applicant's current dance teaching practice;
  4. applicant's dance film, animation, or reconstruction project completed within the last three years, or portfolio of dance notation score of at least 15 pages in length;
  5. and/or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in a specialisation area(s).

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DRAMA

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

  1. A satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills may be required, depending on individual study plans; and
  2. Applicants in Drama and Theatre Education major (DTE) should provide some evidence of their previous engagement or experience in the field of drama education or applied theatre for the School's consideration. (For DTE applicants, an undergraduate degree in relevant discipline may refer to an undergraduate degree in education, social work or equivalent).

Supporting Materials

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit the following supporting application materials:

Applicants for Directing, Playwriting and Dramaturgy Majors are required to submit, in support of their statement of intent, at least one of the following:

  1. Digital video file / photographs of applicant's past work;
  2. Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  3. Digital video file / photographs and / or past portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s).

Applicants for DTE Major may submit, in support of their statement of intent, any one of the following:

  1. Digital video file / photographs / written record of applicant's drama teaching activities;
  2. Digital video file / photographs / written record of any drama education / applied drama / theatre activities designed or facilitated by the applicant;
  3. One or more drama education syllabus devised by the applicant in the past.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CINEMA PRODUCTION

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

There is no programme Specific Admission Requirements for MFA in Cinema Production programme.

Please refer to the "General Admission Requirement" section for requirement details.

Supporting Materials

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must nominate their preferred area of specialisation on the application form. Additionally, a written personal statement, together with relevant samples of previous experience and creative work, in film and/or related fields, should be submitted in support of the application.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT ARTS

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess an overall programme grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Supporting Materials

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit, in support of their statement of intent, at least one of the following:

  1. Digital video file / photographs of applicant's work completed within the last three years;
  2. Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  3. Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s) within the last three years.​

MASTER OF MUSIC

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess:

  • Bachelor of Music degree from the Academy with a final year GPA of 3.3 or above in the Major Study and an overall programme GPA of 2.7 or above; or

Bachelor’s degree in music from a recognised institution, normally with honours not lower than Second Class (upper division), or an average grade not lower than B in undergraduate courses; or

Another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution.

  • For Western Music Performance, Conducting (Western Orchestras) and Composition Majors, Band 6 or above in IELTS; or 78 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a test centre recognised by the Academy), if the Bachelor’s Degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

For Chinese Performance and Conducting (Chinese Orchestras) Majors, Band 5.5 or above in IELTS; or 59 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a test centre recognised by the Academy), if the Bachelor’s Degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

  • Applicants applying for a Major Study in Performance (Chinese Instruments) or Conducting (Chinese Orchestras) whose entrance qualification has not been obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is Chinese are required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills.

For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please consult the Registry at aso.admission@hkapa,edu.

Alternative admission requirements

Applicants who have reached the age of 25 on or before 1 September of the year in which they seek admission, and who do not fulfil the general admission requirements, may apply for alternative admission if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • Significant work or professional experience in areas relevant to the chosen arts discipline at a level of achievement which is deemed by the Academy as comparable to the general admission requirements; and
  • Band 5.5 or above in IELTS; or 59 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a test centre recognised by the Academy); and
  • Specific requirements prescribed by the respective programmes, if any.

For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please consult the Registry at aso.admission@hkapa,edu.

 

Admission with advanced standing

Applicants with previous postgraduate credit from another institution or with relevant professional experience may be admitted with Advanced Standing status. Credit exemption is determined by audition, interview, and official transcripts, course descriptions from catalogues, syllabi from classes, performance assessments, employment/professional placement reports, and/or published reviews to evaluate credits and experiences. Normally, work applied towards exemption must have been completed within five consecutive years prior to application.

In general, a student will not be granted more than 50% exemption of the required number of credits, and must normally complete a minimum full-time registration period of one year, equivalent to half of the normal period of study, to qualify for award of the master's degree.

Equivalency principles

The evaluation of prior learning and professional activity submitted for the purpose of admission with Advanced Standing or as equivalent to the normal admission requirements, is guided by principles that take into account various factors. A panel of three reviewers carry out evaluation to help ensure a balanced assessment. Among factors considered are:

  • Appropriateness - the learning or activity is the same type, and in the same or equivalent subject areas;
  • Level, depth, and quality - the learning or activity is of equivalent standard, encompassing similar depth at a sufficiently advanced level;
  • Currency - the learning or activity is up-to-date;
  • Length of time required, frequency, and other quantifiers – the learning or activity demands an equivalent time to complete at a similar intensity and frequency;
  • Peer and industry assessment - the activity is acknowledged by peers or within the field as significant, or the learning is at a recognised and / or accredited institution; and, 
  • Artistic, creative, and scholarly content - the learning or activity has appropriate content.

Admission

Application

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Application for the Academy's postgraduate programmes starts from the beginning of December each year, via Online Application System from here.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend auditions, interviews and/or tests. Successful applicants will normally receive an individual notification from the Registry within two months of the final audition/interview. 

Auditions, Interviews, and Tests

For MFA programmes, selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and/or take the Academny tests. For MMus programmes, selected applicants will be invited to attend a preliminary audition as well as a final audition, interview, and diagnostic assessment test, if further short-listed. 

MFA in Dance

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. At the interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. their planned study timeline, i.e. full-time or part-time, daytime or evening, etc.;
  2. their focus areas; and
  3. their expectations of the captioned programme.

MFA in Drama

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. At the Interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. ​their planned study timeline, i.e. full-time or part-time, daytime or evening, etc.;
  2. their focus areas;
  3. their expectation of studying the captioned programme; and
  4. their background and portfolio.

MFA in Cinema Production 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. At the interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. a short film screened before the interview for interview discussion;
  2. their focus areas;
  3. their motivation for and expectation of studying the captioned programme; 
  4. their prior education in film, related work experience and portfolio works​; and
  5. their understanding towards the captioned programme.

MFA in Theatre and Entertainment Arts

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. At the Interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. ​their planned study timeline, i.e. full-time or part-time, daytime or evening, etc.;
  2. their focus areas;
  3. their expectation of studying the captioned programme; and
  4. their background and portfolio.

Master of Music

Please click the following links for audition requirements and sample papers for diagnostic assessment.

Audition Requirements

Diagnostic Assessment Sample Paper - Western Music Theory and Analysis

Diagnostic Assessment Sample Paper - Western Music History

Diagnostic Assessment Sample Paper - Chinese Music Analysis

Diagnostic Assessment Sample Paper - Chinese Music History


Admission Notification 

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Successful applicants will normally be notified within two months of the final audition / interview. Applicants may consider their applications unsuccessful if they do not hear from the Academy thereafter.


Visa Application for Non-local Students

Non-local applicants are advised to submit their application forms as early as possible to allow time for application for student visa after audition/interview successful.

Non-local applicants must obtain a student visa via the Academy in order to study in Hong Kong. Visa application must be submitted to the HKSAR Immigration Department via the Academy. Normally it takes 8 to 10 weeks for student visa to be processed by the HKSAR Immigration Department. In the case of a non-local applicant who has entered Hong Kong on a visitor/tourist visa, the Academy will not register him/her as a student and will not allow him/her to commence his/her studies until he/she obtains a student visa.

According to the Hong Kong immigration policy, Mainland students can only apply for entry into Hong Kong to take up full-time postgraduate degree programmes at the Academy.

In accordance with the laws of Hong Kong currently in force, a non-local student who studies at the Academy on a student visa is not allowed to undertake any employment, whether paid or unpaid. Non-local undergraduate and postgraduate degree students with the relevant "No Objection Letter" (NOL) issued by the HKSAR Immigration Department are permitted to participate in curriculum-related internship, and take up part-time oncampus employment for not more than 20 hours a week throughout the academic year; and employment during the summer months (1 June to 31 August) without any limit in relation to nature of work, work hours and location.

In-person Registration and Course Registration

Student in class

Students are required to come to the Registry personally for registration. Students unable to register on the scheduled dates are required to apply to the Registry in writing for deferred registration before the set due date.  If students fail to come for registration on the scheduled dates and do not notify the Registry for any deferred registration, a late registration fee will be levied.

Students are also required to attend a scheduled course advising session for course selection. Students register courses through a web-based self-service system.


Accommodation

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At present the Academy has no hostel facilities. The Academy has quite a number of non-local students. They take the initiative to organise their own private accommodation either on an individual or a sharing basis. Assistance will be provided by the Student Affairs Office in student accommodation matters as and when requested by students.