MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE MEDIA (MFACM)
What is the MFACM
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. A degree with a long history in many prestigious European and North American universities, the MFA is commonly regarded as the highest level of academic qualification available in the creative arts. While the MFA once was primarily associated with the traditional fine arts, such as music and painting, it has since the 1960s become the standard “terminal” degree in programmes specializing in more technology-intensive creative fields, including computer-based media production.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media (MFACM) emphasizes the integration of art, culture and technology. As an internationally-recognised terminal degree in the creative arts, the MFACM provides intensive and advanced training in digital audiovisual media and culture, animation, computer graphics, film/video production, interactive media and new media art. A cutting-edge art programme with a global vision, the MFACM is a hub and a laboratory for creative exchanges and professional collaboration regionally as well as internationally.
Our students come from all over the world including Canada, Mainland China, France, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States. Non-local students are encouraged to apply since we are strongly committed to artistic and cultural diversities.
About This Programme
- To develop the artistic and intellectual competence required for contemporary artists and future leaders of the creative industry
- To nourish a critical and cross-disciplinary understanding of issues in contemporary art-making and creative industries
- To equip students with knowledge of artistic and technological development in relevant areas with an emphasis on the creative processes involved
- To provide the local and overseas industry with graduates who demonstrate a high level of originality and a commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics, and who are capable of taking on significant responsibilities and leadership roles in the industry
The MFACM is designed as an intensive, project-based programme. The programme consists of 54 credit units, and will be offered in a full-time (two-year) mode. The curriculum includes 24 credit units of required courses, and 30 credit units of elective courses. Out of the 24 credit units of required courses, a total of 21 credit units are dedicated to studio classes for the thesis project, which will be concluded in the MFACM thesis exhibition. The other required course within the curriculum is “SM5303 Introduction to New Media Arts - Theories, Technologies, Aesthetics”, a Year 1 Semester A course intended to provide students with a contextual foundation in aesthetic, cultural, and theoretical principles relevant to the programme.
The elective courses will be organized into three different areas, namely: Practice, Context and Benchmark. Students are required to take a minimum number of credit units within each area.
• SM5303 Introduction to New Media Arts - Theories, Technologies, Aesthetics
• Studio courses
3 credit units
21 credit units
• Category A: Practice
• Category B: Context
• Category C: Benchmark
|30 credit units|
|Total:||54 credit units|
For the sample study plan, please click here.
Words from MFACM Alumni
To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements for taught postgraduate programmes and must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with preferably some working experience in the arts or creative industry. You should submit a portfolio of creative work with an artist statement (please see the Portfolio section of the School Admissions website).
Applicants without the specified qualifications may still be considered for admission to the programme if they are able to present equivalent qualifications and artistic credentials. 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. Also, some prior experience with photography and/or video production
Applicants may be required to attend an interview so that the School can gauge their creative potential.
English Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also
- 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 the Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
- other equivalent qualifications
Period of Study
- Normal Period of Study: 2 years
- Maximum Period of Study: 5 years
Minimum Credits Required
- 54 credit units
- Full-time Mode, Self-financing
For students admitted to MFACM in 2019/20, the tuition fee schedule below will apply.
|Academic Year||Local Students||Non-Local Students|
|2019/20||HK$4,370 per credit||HK$4,880 per credit|
|2020/21||HK$4,370 per credit||HK$4,880 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.
- Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. Local students admitted to the programme will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.
- Mr LEUNG Chi WoMFA (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Deputy Programme Leader
- Dr Tobias KLEIN Dip.Arch. (Dist.), MArch, University College London
Application for September 2020 Intake
- 13 November 2019 - 30 April 2020 (tentatively)
- To apply, please visit https://www.cityu.edu.hk/pg/taught-postgraduate-programmes/apply-now.
Applicants should submit a portfolio of creative work with an artist statement to the School of Creative Media. Portfolio materials may include still photography, paintings/drawings, sculpture, musical compositions/performances, film/videos, software, multimedia productions, academic or creative writing, or other forms of imaginative activity. See details
|General Office||School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
18 Tat Hong Avenue
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
|(852) 3442 8049||(852) 3442 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Peony CHAN||-||(852) 3442 9426||(852) 3442 email@example.com|
|Mr LEUNG Chi Wo||Programme Leader||(852) 3442 5980||(852) 3442 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Tobias KLEIN||Deputy Programme Leader||(852) 3442 2172||(852) 3442 email@example.com|