What is the MACM

The Degree

The Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) is a new degree offered with effect from 2015/16, replacing the Master of Arts in Media Cultures (MAMC). The MACM offers a humanities-oriented curriculum intended to complement the School of Creative Media’s mission to investigate the most significant artistic, professional, and socially relevant aspects of contemporary mediated expression.  Successful applicants will join one of two streams within the degree: Curating Art and Media (CAM) or Media Cultures (MC). The distinctive area of creative media studies represented by each stream caters to diverse student interests under a curriculum structure that provides a broad and flexible academic framework.

The Streams

The Curating Art and Media Stream(CAM) aims at developing the creative, intellectual, and technological competence required of future leaders in the art and media curating sector. It emphasizes the impact of digital media on all aspects of art, with a focus on developing capabilities in using new technologies in curating, exhibiting, and communicating art. Graduates will gain a critical understanding of key issues in contemporary practice of art and media, as well as solid skills in research, curating, collection, and exhibition to become successful in their careers or further studies in research degree programmes.

The Media Cultures Stream (MC) is intended to complement the Master of Fine Arts (MFACM) offered by the School of Creative Media, through an emphasis on the critical consideration of significant areas of media history, theory, and criticism. In keeping with the School’s mission, the curricular emphasis is in areas of digital media, but traditional media forms (e.g. film) are also addressed. This stream is intended to provide postgraduate level preparation especially for media professionals and graduates, and for applicants from other professional areas in which the role of being a media specialist is increasingly desirable or necessary.

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About This Programme

Programme Structure

The total requirement for the programme is 30 credits: including 15 credits of Required Courses (3 credits of a programme core course and 12 credits of stream core courses) and 15 credits of elective courses. Required courses explore key topics, methodologies, and issues in media studies, as well as field-specific material within each of the three streams, while elective courses provide students with the opportunity to explore relevant subject areas of personal interest.

Elective courses are divided into two areas to align with the streams. Students will complete 4 or 5 elective courses (a total of 15 credits), including at least 2 courses from the students’ home stream. This design allows students to individualize their own study paths. Because of the practical and scholarly interconnections among the streams, students within each stream will complete both stream-specific courses and courses from the other streams. This provides students of each stream with plentiful opportunities to interact, collaborate, and exchange ideas with their peers, while ensuring that students within each stream develop unique knowledge and expertise.

Entrance Requirements

Each applicant must apply to one specific stream. Admissions will be stream-based.

Applicants normally must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements  for taught postgraduate programmes, i.e. they should be graduates of an accredited bachelor’s degree programme or equivalent. Both fresh graduates and individuals with some working experience in relevant industries are invited to apply. Applicants without the specified qualifications may still be considered for admission to the programme if they are able to present equivalent qualifications. All applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to pursue the programme.

The School assumes that applicants will have achieved a basic level of computer literacy. Accepted students may be advised to take intensive courses or take additional coursework together with MACM courses to make up for knowledge/skills gaps.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • A score of 500 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or other equivalent qualifications

Mode of Study

  • 2 years (part-time) Or 1 year (full-time)
  • Maximum Study Period
    -Full-time: 2.5 years -Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees

  • Combined Mode, Self-financing

    For students admitted to MACM in 2018/19, the tuition fee schedule below will apply.

Academic Year Local Students Non-Local Students
2018/19 HK$4,200 per credit HK$4,370 per credit
2019/20 HK$4,200 per credit HK$4,370 per credit
2020/21 HK$4,370 per credit HK$4,540 per credit
2021/22 HK$4,540 per credit HK$4,710 per credit
2022/23 HK$4,710 per credit HK$4,880 per credit

  • The tuition fee for the last academic year indicated in the above schedule will apply until the end of the students' study in this programme.
  • The tuition fee schedule for students admitted in 2019/20 will be announced.

Minimum Credits Required

  • 30

Programme Leader

Stream Leaders

  • Dr Damien CHARRIERAS (Media Cultures) BA (Lyon Institute of Political Studies) MA (Pantheon-Assas University) PhD (Sorbonne Nouvelle University) PhD (University of Montreal) Posdoc (McGill)

Programme Information

Please click here for the details of the programme in the University’s Admission Information.

Programme Curriculum

Please click here for downloading the curriculum.

Application Period

Sept Intake 2018

Application deadline:
  • 15 November 2017 - 30 April 2018

Application Details

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For enquiries on admissions:
Name Address Tel Fax Email
General Office School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong
Level 7
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
18 Tat Hong Avenue
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
(852) 3442 8049 (852) 3442 0408
Ms Peony CHAN - (852) 3442 9426 (852) 3442 0408

For enquiries on programme curriculum:
Name Role Tel Fax Email
Dr Kimburley CHOI Programme Leader (852) 3442 2765 (852) 3442 0408
Dr Harald KRAEMER Stream Leader (Curating Art and Media) (852) 3442 2275 (852) 3442 0408
Dr Damien CHARRIERAS Stream Leader (Media Cultures) (852) 3442 4713 (852) 3442 0408