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Frequently Asked Questions

Part I: General Matters

• What is the application period for the master's degree programmes?
Application starts from December every year.

• Application deadlines for 2020/21 admission?  

Spring Intake

(Semester Two of the 2020/21 academic year commences on 9 March 2021)

Application start from: 10:00 am on Monday 14 September 2020 (Hong Kong Time)

Application deadline^: 5:00 pm on Friday 11 December 2020 (for Local Applicants)

                                   5:00 pm on Friday 9 October 2020 (for Non-local Applicants)

​^Application Deadline: all postgraduate degree programmes operate on a rolling admission basis, i.e. applications received after the specified application deadline will be considered by respective Schools on an on-going basis. Please submit the application at your earliest convenience. 

Programmes available for application in Spring intake

  • Master of Fine Arts in Drama
  • Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production (part-time only)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Entertainment Arts

Non-local students must possess valid student visa before entry to Hong Kong. Normally it takes 8 to 10 weeks for student visa to be processed by the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng).

For enquiry please contact the Registry by email to aso.admission@hkapa.edu.

For details, please refer to Admission section.

 • What are the general entry requirements for the master's degree programmes?  
Please refer to the General Entry Requirements section.

• What is the duration of the master's degree programmes?  
The normative study period for full-time mode is 2 years and 3 to 4 years for part-time mode.

• How many credits do I need to take for the master's degree?  
​The credit requirement is 60 credits. Please refer to the Prospectus for details.

• Am I eligible for admission to a master's degree programme if I do not have a bachelor's degree?  
The Academy may exceptionally consider professional experience and qualifications as alternatives if the applicant does not satisfy the normal entry requirements. Please refer to the Alternative Admission Requirements and Equivalency Principles sections.

• Do I have to submit IELTS scores?     
These are required for MFA and MMus applicants, but vary by programme and department.  Please refer to the Admission Requirements section.

• When do I need to submit the IELTS scores?  
Language test scores are required to be submitted along with the application form or at the latest by the date of audition/interview.

• When will the audition/ interview take place?  

September 2020 Intake : February to May 2020
Please also refer to Important Dates
Auditions, interviews and tests are to be arranged.

• Do non-local applicants need to attend auditions/ interviews in person?  
For some programmes, non-local applicants may submit DVD/ video and have a Skype interview in lieu of attendance at the audition. However, since places in the programmes are limited and admission is highly competitive, applicants are strongly recommended to attend the audition in order to best present their strengths. Please refer to the Prospectus for details.

• Is there any accommodation service provided for non-local students?  
At present the Academy has no hostel facilities. Current non-local students at the Academy take the initiative to organise their own private accommodation. However, non-local students on full scholarship will normally be offered student accommodation on a shared basis.

• How much is the tuition fee of the master's degree programmes?
In view of the self-financing status of the Academy's master's degree programmes and regular increases in delivery costs, tuition fees are reviewed and subject to increases on an annual basis. When letters of offer are issued to prospective students, the actual tuition fee for students' first year of study is indicated. Subsequent tuition increases are announced at the end of each academic year and these increases are applied to tuition fees for both continuing and new students.

Tuition fees for the full-time programmes in 2020/21 are HK$101,000 (Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production programme's tuition fee is HK$122,000) per year and payable in two instalments. The first instalment is due before September and second instalment is due before February of each academic year. Any fees paid are not refundable.

Tuition fees for the part-time programmes in 2020/21 are HK$67,400 (Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production programme's tuition fee is HK$81,400) per year and payable in two instalments per year. The first instalment is due before September and second instalment is due before February of each academic year. All part-time students are required to register for a minimum of 15 credits per year (except in the final year of study). Any fees paid are not refundable.

When letters of offer are issued to prospective students, the actual tuition fee for student's first year of study is indicated. Subsequent tuition increases are announced at the end of each Academic year and these increases are applied to tuition fees for both continuing and new students.

Registration beyond the normative study period# will incur a charge per semester (in 2019/2020, the charge is HK$6,740 per semester).

# Normative study period > full-time: 2 years, part-time: 3 or 4 years

• What kinds of financial aid are available to master's degree students?  
Scholarships may be available for both local and non-local master's degree students. Scholarships are awarded on both academic merit and financial need bases.

Local master's students (both full-time and part-time) who have the right of abode in Hong Kong or have resided or have had their homes in Hong Kong continuously for three complete years immediately prior to the commencement of their academic programmes at the Academy are eligible to apply for the Government’s Non-Means-Tested Loan. Please refer to the Fees and Financial Assistance section.


Part II: Study Content

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

• What courses does the programme include?  
The programme consists of three main component

  1. Specialisation courses, practice, independent projects, internships and apprenticeships imparting advanced skills and techniques in the creation, performance and dissemination of dance and an advanced understanding of state-of-the-art knowledge bases of dance;
  2. Courses instilling core research and analytical competencies central to postgraduate study and advanced practice in dance;
  3. A major thesis project demonstrating consolidation of knowledge and skills acquired through postgraduate study.

Please refer to the Curriculum Charts in the Prospectus for details.

• What are the specialised study areas for the MFA in Dance?  
All MFA in Dance degree students are admitted to the postgraduate programme on the basis of her/his clear articulation of career goals. Within a common structure, study programmes are tailored to each student's career goals in areas such as choreography, dance education, documentation and technology for dance, somatics and performance. Programmes are intended for applicants who seek to specialise in one or more of these areas, or to combine study in these areas with specialisations offered at the other Academy schools.

• Do I need to write a thesis for the MFA in Dance?  
Students are required to complete a thesis project for graduation. Components of the thesis project vary and may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Choreography concert
  • Presentation of choreographic work within School of Dance concert(s)
  • Series of performances within School of Dance concerts
  • Video choreography project
  • Animation choreography project
  • Notation documentation project
  • CD-ROM documentation project
  • Reconstruction or movement analysis project
  • Lecture demonstration project
  • Collaborative projects with recognised professional dance organisation(s)
  • including curriculum development, presentation of choreography,
  • performance,  reconstruction, or documentation
  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Integrated project(s) on performance, education, choreography, documentation and/or direction

The thesis project includes practical exposition and documentation in appropriate formats such as DVD, CD-ROM, extended essay, or dance notation/analysis score, or combinations thereof.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DRAMA

• What courses does the programme include?  
The programme comprises study modules consisting of: major study courses including Professional Practice; specialisation courses, laboratories, and workshops; postgraduate competency courses; and the thesis project.

Please refer to The Curriculum Charts in the Prospectus for details.

• What are the major study areas for the MFA in Drama?  
The programme offers three major streams: Directing, Playwriting, Drama and Theatre Education, and Dramaturgy* .
*Subject to approval by the Academic Board of the Academy

• Do I need to write a thesis for the MFA in Drama?  
Students are required to complete a thesis project for graduation.

For directing: the thesis project involves actual participation and practice in school productions, performance projects, workshops and directing projects, as well as outside internships. Detailed production proposals and planning are required for presentation.

For playwriting: students are required to complete two projects: a documentary drama project and a playwright thesis project that is a presentation of an original full-length play or a series of shorter plays constituting a full evening performance in the theatre.

For drama and theatre education: Create or implement an educational drama/ theatre piece or applied drama/ theatre for a specific target group with clear educational/ empowering purpose and objectives, with consultation and agreement of the discipline leader. The praxis should be submitted with a detailed reflective exegesis which demonstrates the deep theory and practice understanding of the student in Drama education and his/her evaluation of the project outcome with literature review.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CINEMA PRODUCTION

• What courses does the programme include?  
The curriculum covers traditional and contemporary approaches to cinema production. It comprises study modules consisting of major study courses, postgraduate competency courses and the thesis project.

Please refer to The Curriculum Charts in the Prospectus for details.

• What are the features of the programme?  
It is an intensive and rigorous programme in high-end ciinema production. Students are required to work collaboratively and to participate in a creative team, shooting a feature-length dramatic cinema production. Students will be required to work, as part of a creative cinema team within one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Producer (including Production Manager)
  • Director (including Assistant Director)
  • Cinematographer (including camera operation and lighting)
  • Editor (including continuity)
  • Sound Designer (including recording, editing and mixing)
  • Production Designer
  • Screenwriter

• Do I need to write a thesis for the MFA in Cinema Production?  
Students are required to develop, complete, and defend a thesis project that is carried out in comprehensive detail in accordance with the highest professional standards for graduation. The thesis project is generally based on a final production assignment.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT ARTS

• What courses does the programme include?  
The programme comprises study modules consisting of major study courses, postgraduate competency courses and the thesis project.

Please refer to The Major Study in the Prospectus for details.

• What are the major study areas for the MFA in Theatre & Entertainment Arts?  
The programme offers two major study options: Contemporary Design and Technologies and Arts and Event Management. Within each major study option, there will be a number of specialisation studies as follows:

Contemporary Design and Technologies 

  • Projection Design specialisation
  • Interactive Media specialisation (launching in the Academic Year of 2021/22)
  • Spatial Design specialisation
  • Wearable Arts specialisation

Arts and Event Management

  • ​Arts and Event Management

​• Do I need to write a thesis for the MFA in Theatre & Entertainment Arts?  
Students are required to develop, complete, and defend a thesis project that is carried out in comprehensive detail in accordance with the highest professional standards for graduation. The thesis project is generally based on a final production assignment.

MASTER OF MUSIC

• What are the major study areas for the MMus?
The programme offers two major study options: Performance (Western Music and Chinese Music including Conducting for Chinese Orchestras) and Composition. Within the Performance major, there are a number of specialisation studies as follows:

Western Music
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Harp
Classical Guitar
Flute
Clarinet
Oboe
Bassoon
Saxophone
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani and Orchestral Percussion
Piano
Collaborative Piano
Voice
Chinese Music
Gaohu
Banhu
Erhu
Yangqin
Liuqin
Pipa
Ruan
Sanxian
Zheng
Guqin
Dizi
Sheng
Suona
Chinese Percussion
 
 
 
 
 

 

• How is the Composition major at the Academy different from those offered by the other universities in Hong Kong?  
The compositional training at the Academy has a strong practical emphasis. Students will have ample opportunity to work with performers and colleagues in the other schools within the Academy, have their works aired in public concerts, and acquire experience in concert organisation and promotion of their own compositions.


• What other courses does the programme include? 

The programme has three main components:

  1. Courses of major studies imparting specialisation;
  2. Courses of academic studies instilling associated research and analytical competencies requisite of postgraduate music practitioners;
  3. A set of graduation requirements that would be considered equivalent to a thesis.

​Please refer to The Curriculum Charts in the Prospectus for details.