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 Degree

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

Programme Aims

  • 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

Programme Structure

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.

Programme Requirement
Core Courses
• SM5303 Introduction to New Media Arts - Theories, Technologies, Aesthetics
• Studio courses

3 credit units
21 credit units
Elective Courses
• 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

Lisa Park (MFACM, 2015)

Lee Kai Chung (MFACM, 2014)

Kathleen McDermott (MFACM, 2014)

Entrance Requirements

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 is encouraged.

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 fulfill 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 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

Tuition Fees

  • 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 Scheme

  • 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.

Programme Leader

Deputy Programme 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 - 30 April 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

Portfolio Submission

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 at the Portfolio section of the School Admissions website.


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
Mr LEUNG Chi Wo Programme Leader (852) 3442 5980 (852) 3442 0408
Dr Tobias KLEIN Deputy Programme Leader (852) 3442 2172 (852) 3442 0408