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Hong Kong Baptist University

JS2022

Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing 創意及專業寫作文學士

BA(CPW)

Short Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative and Professional Writing Programme of the Hong Kong Baptist University is the first UGC-funded undergraduate programme in Hong Kong tertiary institutions dedicated to creative and professional writing learning in both Chinese and English languages. Apart from cultivating students to write in creative and professional fields, the Creative and Professional Writing Programme also aims to nurture students’ academic potential, cultural dimensions and sense of creativity, and to enhance their professional value.

The Programme emphasises the following general aims:

  • To provide students with a vigorous curriculum to develop creative and professional writing skills in Chinese and English languages;
  • To develop students’ abilities when writing professionally in different genres and contexts to enhance students’ career opportunities;
  • To cultivate students to produce original works of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction;
  • To enhance students’ cultural literacy which would act as a solid basis for their creative and professional writing;
  • To build up their knowledge for self-directed and life-long learning in the world of professional writing and publishing.


Unique Features

The Programme carries certain distinguishing characteristics: 

  • Bilingual Teaching and Learning: Students will read, write and speak in Chinese as well as English, developing their skills in both languages. Bilingual ability enables students to respond to Hong Kong’s specific linguistic environment. 
  • Interdisciplinarity: All the Creative and Professional Writing courses are designed to ensure that students are exposed to the writing demands and strategies of diverse disciplines, including art criticism, language, literature, history, philosophy, media studies, business and science.


Student Learning Experiences

Overseas Exchange – The Department of Humanities and Creative Writing (HMW) is an active participant in the university overseas exchange programme. The Department exchange coordinator communicates very well with the International Office to promote this event among HMW students. 

Writing Internship – The Creative and Professional Writing Programme has designed a required course “Writing Internship” to create opportunities for students to learn by participating in real-life experiences and working for different institutes. The potential internship opportunities include literary agencies, magazine or book publishers, theatre or film groups, non-profit arts organisations, book reviewers, advertising agencies, websites, etc.

Summer Study Tour – The Study Tour is a long-standing tradition of HMW. In the past we made arrangements with overseas universities to provide a rich learning experience for the students. 

Career Opportunities

The practicum of the Creative and Professional Writing Programme has two focuses: one is on creative writing while another one on professional writing. Not everyone can become a great creative writer, but professional writing always includes a significant creative component. Our society urgently needs writers of all kinds. The professional writing portion of the curriculum, with good infusion of the creative side, can prepare students to work for a great variety of future careers. It goes without saying that graduates with excellent writing skills, both in English and Chinese, are of great demand. It does not only meet the demand of the market in creative industry, news media, publishing houses, editorship of journals, government offices, non-profit and charity organisations, education sector, etc., but also in business, industrial, and financial sectors. There would be a strong demand for the graduates of this Programme from the education sector that increasingly emphasises the writing education. The interdisciplinary approach would also build a solid foundation for students to pursue postgraduate studies.

Employers are likely to choose someone who graduated with creative mind with good language and writing skills, because the graduate with a proficiency in languages will take years to cultivate, and creative mind is greatly in need.

Admissions Scholarship

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a new scholarship starting from the 2020 intake: 

Sum of HKDSE Score

(4 Core plus 2 electives) 

Amount of Scholarship
30 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
29    $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)

The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study (HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme) will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme. 

Please refer to the website for more details. 

Remarks:

Students may take an integrated programme by extending their undergraduate study by one year, leading to the award of a bachelor's degree plus a Diploma in Education.

Programme Website

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements

Notes for elective subjects: 

1) One of the electives must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
    a) Category A subjects;
    b) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGENote1 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGENote2 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTSNote3 3

Note 1: For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, alternative Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University are listed in the website: http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/jupas

Note 2: Equivalences to Level 3 in English are listed in the website:
http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/jupas

Note 3:

  • The elective subjects must be Category A subjects (unless specified) excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2).
  • Individual programmes may consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2), Category B subjects (Applied Learning) and/or Category C subjects (Other Languages) for fulfillment of elective requirement. Please refer to the programme entrance requirements of individual programmes for details.

Remarks on admissions score: Individual programme would adopt different score formulae for calculating applicants’ admissions scores. Please refer to the following link for the updated score calculation and subject weights of our programmes for 2021 entry: http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/dse_weighting.


First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

Admissions Office

Email: 334jupas@hkbu.edu.hk

Tel: 3411 2200

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 152 220 339 346 253 1310

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 8 3 1 0 1 13