What is the MACM

The Degree

The Master of Arts in Creative Media (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) emphasizes 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 Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) programme consists of 30 credit units. The requirements for Curating Art and Media (CAM) Stream and Media Cultures (MC) Stream are listed below:

For students admitted in 2019 and thereafter: (Sample Study Path)

Programme Requirement CAM Stream MC Stream
Programme Core Course 3 credit units 3 credit units
Stream Core Courses 12 credit units 9 credit units
Elective Courses (at least 6 credit units belonging to the students’ home stream) 15 credit units 18 credit units
Total: 30 credit units 30 credit units

For students admitted in 2017 and 2018: (Sample Study Path)

Programme Requirement CAM Stream MC Stream
Programme Core Course 3 credit units 3 credit units
Stream Core Courses 12 credit units 12 credit units
Elective Courses (at least 6 credit units belonging to the students’ home stream) 15 credit units 15 credit units
Total: 30 credit units 30 credit units

The required programme core courses and stream core courses explore key topics, methodologies, and issues in media studies, as well as field-specific material within the stream, 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. Because of the practical and scholarly interconnections between the two streams, students will complete both stream-specific courses and courses from the other stream, which allows them to individualize their own study paths. This provides students with plentiful opportunities to interact, collaborate, and exchange ideas with their peers, while ensuring that students develop unique knowledge and expertise within their own stream.

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 59 (revised paper-delivered 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

Period of Study

  • Normal Period of Study: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Maximum Period of Study: 2.5 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time)

Minimum Credits Required

  • 30

Tuition Fees
  • Combined Mode, Self-financing

    For students admitted to MACM in 2019/20, the tuition fee schedule below will apply.
Academic Year Local Students Non-Local Students
2019/20 HK$4,200 per credit HK$4,710 per credit
2020/21 HK$4,200 per credit HK$4,710 per credit
2021/22 HK$4,370 per credit HK$4,880 per credit
2022/23 HK$4,540 per credit HK$5,050 per credit
2023/24 HK$4,710 per credit HK$5,220 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 2020/21 will be announced later.

Programme Leader

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

Stream Leader

Programme Information

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

Application for September 2020 Intake

Application Period
  • 13 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 (tentatively)
(Applications for taught postgraduate programmes are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.)  

Application Details


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 Damien CHARRIERAS Programme Leader (852) 3442 4713 (852) 3442 0408
Dr Harald KRAEMER Stream Leader (Curating Art and Media) (852) 3442 2275 (852) 3442 0408
Dr Yuk HUI Stream Leader (Media Culture) (852) 3442 5725 (852) 3442 0408