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Programme Curriculum

This MA(VAECP) programme is guided by the University’s Education-plus vision in its planning and development to promote multi-disciplinary learning. The programme aims to provide a unique exploration of the interface between art educational and artistic in the new digital era. It explores the theoretical and practical nexus between these disciplines to provide students with new flexible skill sets and the transferable knowledge they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing field of employment and professional practice.

Programme Structure

The MA(VAECP) is an one-year full-time,  24-credit point (cp) programme comprising four "Core" courses (15 cps) and three "Elective" courses (9cps), structured as follows:

 

1-Year Full-time Study Mode

 

Semester Taught Courses

Course

Code

Credit Point (cps)
1

2 Core Courses

VAC6001

VAC6002

6
2 Elective courses

VAC6005

VAC6007

VAC6008

6
2

2 Core Courses

VAC6003

VAC6004

9
1 Elective course

VAC6006

MUS6290

3
Semester Taught Courses

Course

Code

Credit Point (cps)
1

2 Core Courses

VAC6001

VAC6002

6
2 Elective courses

VAC6005

VAC6007

VAC6008

6
2

2 Core Courses

VAC6003

VAC6004

9
1 Elective course

VAC6006

MUS6290

3
Semester 1
Taught Courses

Course

Code

Credit Point (cps)

2 Core Courses 

VAC6001

VAC6002

6
2 Elective courses

VAC6005

VAC6007

VAC6008

6
 
Semester 2
Taught Courses

Course

Code

Credit Point (cps)

2 Core Courses

VAC6003

VAC6004

9
1 Elective course

VAC6006

MUS6290

3

Core Courses

15cps

Course Synopsis

This course emphases applying research methodologies for visual arts, allowing a researcher / student to incorporate their artitsic practice, creative methods and artistic output into the research practice and as a part of the research output. We provide a critical examination of the various research theories and methodologies that underpin artistic practices, through transdisciplinary / interdisciplinary perspectives. With the emphasis firmly on a holistic approach to what it means to be an artist today within the context of a variety of community and social learning settings, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to analyse, the rationales, development and expressions of contemporary arts practices. While this will be achieved primarily through active participation in forums including guided discussions, structured debates and group activities, the course will also link theory and methodology with artistic practices in the form of real-world assignments. In this way, students will be guided towards the development of a sound conceptual framework uniquely suited to their own particular situation.

Course Synopsis

This course focuses on the philosophical and theoretical frameworks of research methodologies in art education, with a particular emphasis on integrating theories into the research process. The course also discusses current issues and topics in studies in art education. Major concepts and processes in research in art education will be covered. On completion of this course, students are expected to analyse and criticise major approaches to research in art education and develop their own research methods.

Course Synopsis

This course aims to bridge artistic practice, digital technologies, and networked communications to provide students with opportunities for creative exploration and exploitation in the age of information. Interdisciplinarity will be one of study approaches, which draws upon knowledge from different fields such as design, arts, humanities, art–science collaborations, etc. Through a critical awareness of contemporary and theoretical issues in art and society and via the development of creative skills that encourage experimentation, students will blur and cross discipline boundaries in image, video, audio, electronic, time-based, and software forms. Students will develop a unique style and voice that contextualizes digital and artistic practices within current social and philosophical issues that surround the rapid expansion of digital technologies, transferable knowledge and their impact on everyday life.

Course Synopsis

The capstone project consolidates the academic and intellectual experience for the students. It is a research oriented project providing an opportunity for students to synthesise the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience they have gained on the programme. By the end of the course, they are expected to create and present a substantial project ouput along with a witten contextualising report.
Students can pursue a project, under the guidance of a supervisor, rooted in visual arts practice or within the realms of visual arts education, or an integration of these. The course presents an opportunity for students to develop and complete a personal self-initiated project revealing their deeper understanding of their chosen field and also to create a ‘portfolio’ showcasing their knowledge attributes and skills in preparation for their future professional practice and career.

Elective Courses

9cps

Course Synopsis

The course examines various theories and practices of art appreciation, criticism and interpretation that are fundamental to creative, appreciative and critical activities. The course will in particular investigate the audience’s experience with reference to the context in art museums and schools. By providing the theoretical knowledge in art criticism and human aesthetic development, the course enables students to develop and evaluate practices and strategies in art criticism and interpretation. Students will be also engaged in debates on contemporary issues related to aesthetics and examination of the nature and characteristics of museum experiences.

Course Synopsis

This is an interdisciplinary collaborative subject which aims to provide diverse opportunities and possibilities of a pedagogy for research, creative collaboration, artistic practice and education, including how art could contribute in developing the capabilities of the artist-entrepreneur. It would not only bring different parties to work with students in order to suggest a new, sustainable and organic learning and creative experience, but also to provide insight into the business aspect of the students’ chosen professional discipline. Collaborative relations between artists, institutions, creative parties and audiences have become an increasingly familiar aspect of artistic practice. This qualitative collective experience suggests a more complex perspective of artistic collaboration in practice and pedagogy, a view that is grounded in the work of contemporary artists, creative visual designer and art educators. This subject therefore, simply aims to connect all into one.

Course Synopsis

This course will examine the evolving paradigm that is informed by the complexity of visual art practices in the 21st century. Using approaches drawn from critical theory and cultural studies, this course will explore how visual art practices are influenced by key philosophical and cultural discourse in the field of contemporary art. Through lectures and gallery visits, students will learn how to problematize, contextualize and articulate various timely theoretical and critical perspectives. It is designed for students committed to developing their artistic production and research in a critical and creative manner. It will equip students with the ability to put theory into action.

Course Synopsis

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop in-depth artistic production in their chosen area of practice and interest, drawing upon their previous experience, further informed by knowledge gained from the programme’s curriculum. The course will introduce strategies for contemporary art making in a critically reflective context, enhancing the student’s ability to develop as an autonomous learner and as a collaborative professional praticioner. The student will propose a self-initiated visual arts project, negotiate and confirm its context and structure with the Course Tutor and then carry it out within a given deadline. The student will learn how to identify and present their concept, conduct theoretical and visual research, plan and manage a creative approach with an associated schedule, and self-evaluate their outputs. It will arm students with an entrepreneurial personal strategy for undertaking research-based creative production in the future, either as an independent visual artist, a collaborative arts practicioner, or for transmission into different realms of arts and cultural education.

Course Synopsis

This course examines the social, economic, and political environment of the arts in Hong Kong and the role of arts managers in management and dissemination of the arts. Students study the historical development of cultural policy and funding models of the arts in Hong Kong. Different aspects of arts management and dissemination including strategic planning, programming and project management, venue management, marketing, audience development, financial management, human resources management, board functions, fundraising will be investigated. Through investigation of current theories, contemporary issues and practical skills, students will acquire knowledge and insights on arts management.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the Course and the manner in which the Course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.