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Postgraduate Programmes

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  1. General Admission Requirements
  2. Programme Specific Admission Requirements
  3. Alternative Admission Requirements
  4. Admission with Advanced Standing
  5. Equivalency Principles

General Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess:

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

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Programme Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

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

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific admission 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:

  • applicant's choreography consisting of a group work and solo or duet choreographed within the last three years;
  • applicant's performance in at least two contrasting roles;
  • portfolio of applicant's current dance teaching practice;
  • 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;
  • and/or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in a specialisation area(s).

Master of Fine Arts in Drama

A satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills may be required, depending on individual study plans; and

Applicants for Drama and Theatre Education major (DTE) should possess a Bachelor's degree in relevant disciplines in education, social work or equivalent and at least 2 years of drama and theatre education or applied theatre experience.

Applicants for Dramaturgy major should possess a Bachelor's degree in relevant disciplines in arts and humanities, theatre or creative arts.  Applicants possessing a Bachelor's degree in areas other than the stated ones will also be considered on the basis of their relevant work and creative experience.

Applicants for Playwriting major should have a satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills.

In addition to the general admission requirements and the above programme specific admission 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:

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

Applicants for Drama and Theatre Education (DTE) Major may submit, in support of their statement of intent, any one of the following:

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

Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must nominate their preferred area of specialisation on the application. 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

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

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

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

Master of Music

Applicants should possess:

  • Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Academy with a final year GPA of 3.3 or above in the Major 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;

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

For Performance Major (Specialisation under Chinese Music) and Conducting Major (Specialisation in Conducting for Chinese Orchestras), Band 5.5 or above in IELTS Academic Test; or 59 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a testing 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 Performance Major (Specialisation under Chinese Music) or Conducting Major (Specialisation in Conducting for 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.

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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 Academic Test; or 59 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a testing centre recognised by the Academy); and
  • Specific requirements prescribed by the respective programmes, if any.

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Admission with Advanced Standing

The Academy may admit students with advanced standing to Master's degree programmes on individual merit.  Students admitted with advanced standing shall have satisfied the entry requirements of the programme of study concerned.

Advanced standing may be granted to students who have satisfactorily completed relevant studies at an appropriate level st the Academy or at a recognised institution elsewhere, or who are in possession of significant professional experience in a relevant art discipline which in the judgement of the Academy merits exemption from some of the courses pertaining to the programme of study.

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Equivalency Principles

The evaluation of prior learning and professional activity submitted for the purpose of alternative admission or advanced standing will by 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.

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