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Hong Kong Baptist University





Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts 視覺藝術文學士(榮譽)


Short Description

Programme Vision
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts programme celebrates the interdisciplinary intersections within art, design and media in between. Recent developments have introduced new processes, technology and situations that have resulted in an expanded notion of artistic practices beyond the traditional ways of engaging with and learning about the visual arts. The Academy considers all creative disciplines as equally valuable outlets for creative ideas and prepares its students to think, act and respond creatively to the circumstances around them.

Teaching Philosophy
The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts Programme at the Academy of Visual Arts is a professional degree that focuses on intensive practice-led work in the visual arts supported by a programme in General Education. It emphasises creativity, versatility, and intelligent articulation, thus enabling its graduates to enter professional, studio-based careers in such fields as studio arts, design, and/or craft after earning the degree. Our BA-students have the opportunity to develop technical competencies, informed aesthetic judgment, and an understanding of the context in which contemporary work is created, rooted in the ever-shifting cultural climate of creative production.

Programme Structure
The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts Programme is a comprehensive study programme in visual arts that incorporates subjects from across the scope of fine arts, design, craft and art theory. As a guiding principle of the programme, students will progress from breadth to depth over the time of study. Accordingly upon entry to the programme and completion of the required introductory courses, all students may choose electives that match with their personal preferences, their talent, and/or professional career intentions. Based on their choices in Year 2 they will further choose their courses in Year 3 and Year 4, thereby gradually developing a focus in their studies, which will finally articulate in one of two available programme concentrations:

- Studio and Media Arts (SMA); or
- Craft and Design (CD)

Unique Features

- Leading practice-based art & design academy in Hong Kong
- International teaching team and first-class studio facilities
- Professional degree, professional career

Student Learning Experiences

We require all students of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Arts programme to undertake a self-organised non-credit-bearing work experience (internship, work placement, or similar) during their time of study. The work experience links classroom theory to professional practice and provides the student with learning experiences beyond the academic programme. Such experiences are invaluable for the student's professional and personal development, giving them the opportunity to experience the wider arenas of the creative and cultural sectors.

Career Opportunities

The majority of our graduates are full-time employed, work in their own businesses or as freelancers. Among the full-time/self-employed graduates, the greater part works in the creative and cultural sectors, with a significant proportion also in visual arts education, or in public relations and communication, marketing or research.



  • 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 (excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2));

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
a) Category A subjects (including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2));
b) Category B (Applied Learning) subjects with "Attained with Distinction (I)" or above;
c) Category C (Other Language) subjects at Grade C or above.

Remarks on other requirements:

1) Candidates are required to submit a portfolio for assessment. Shortlisted candidates are required to submit practical tests and attend the interview. Interview performance will be specially considered. For portfolio submission guidelines, assessment details as well as schedules, please visit:

2) High choice banding in JUPAS application is preferred. 

Core Subjects Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

Note 1: For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, alternative Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University (except for the programmes offered by the School of Chinese Medicine) are listed in the website:

Note 2: Equivalences to Level 3 in HKDSE English Language are listed in the website:

Note 3:

  • One of the elective subjects must be Category A subjects (excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2)).
  • Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2) and Category C subjects (Other Languages) at Grade C or above can be recognised for fulfilment of the second elective requirement.
  • Individual programmes may consider Category B subjects (Applied Learning) with “Attained with Distinction (I)” or above for fulfilment of the second elective requirement (excluding the subjects under the study area of “Applied Learning Chinese” which are recognised as an alternative Chinese language qualification for non-Chinese speaking students).
  • In general, the scores for Category A subjects are converted as follows:
    5**=7, 5*=6, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2, 1=1
  • The scores for Category B subjects are converted as follows:
    Attained with Distinction (II) =4, Attained with Distinction (I) =3
  • The scores for Category C subjects are converted as follows:
    A=7, B=5.5, C=4, D=2.5, E=1
Note 4: “Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development (CSD) will not be included in the admission score calculation. Applicants with Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies subject attained in 2023 or before would be accepted in lieu of CSD for fulfilling the GERs. Following the handling of CSD, results of Liberal Studies subject would not be given any score in score calculation starting from the 2024 entry

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 2024 entry:

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

For 2024 entry, HKBU accepts combined results and will count the best results for meeting the entrance requirements and for the calculation of admissions scores.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100


Admissions Office


Tel: (852) 3411 2200


Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 585 427 464 413 274 2163
2022 560 392 500 438 279 2169
2021 714 415 457 377 247 2210
2020 725 409 418 394 236 2182
2019 939 446 448 412 300 2545
2018 966 475 512 504 370 2827
2017 1010 522 601 578 408 3119
2016 940 610 682 692 487 3411
2015 965 643 776 817 626 3827
2014 1237 806 863 881 707 4494
2013 1347 761 931 903 735 4677
2012 1106 660 804 838 657 4065

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

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 40 0 0 0 0 40
2022 38 0 0 0 0 38
2021 53 0 0 0 0 53
2020 49 0 0 0 0 49
2019 44 0 0 0 0 44
2018 51 0 0 0 0 51
2017 57 0 0 0 0 57
2016 57 0 0 0 0 57
2015 49 0 0 0 0 49
2014 51 0 0 0 0 51
2013 46 0 0 0 0 46
2012 50 0 0 0 0 50