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Admission & Audition

Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

Applicants should possess :

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in Dance from the Academy; or
    undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution; or
    another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution; and
  2. Final year grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree major study or equivalent; and
  3. Band 5.5 or above in IELTS. For applicants who cannot demonstrate achievement in the IELTS test, the Academy English admission tests will be considered an acceptable alternative. 

Applicants are also required to submit a DVD of, or online links to, at least one of the following, in support of their statement of intent:

  1. applicant's choreography consisting of a group work and solo or duet choreographed within the last three years;
  2. applicant's performance in at least two contrasting roles;
  3. portfolio of applicant's current dance teaching practice;
  4. applicant's dance film, animation, or reconstruction project completed within the last three years, or portfolio of dance notation score of at least 15 pages in length;
  5. and/or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in a specialisation area(s).

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DRAMA

Applicants should possess :

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in Drama from the Academy; or
    undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution; or
    another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution (for applicants in Drama and Theatre Education (DTE) this may be an undergraduate degree in education, social work, or equivalent); and
  2. Final year grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree major study or equivalent; and
  3. Band 5.5 or above in IELTS. For applicants who cannot demonstrate achievement in the IELTS test, the Academy English admission tests will be considered an acceptable alternative; and
  4. A satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills may be required, depending on individual study plans; and
  5. Applicants in DTE should also possess at least 2 years of drama and theatre education or applied theatre experience.

Applicants for Directing and Playwriting Majors are also required to submit, in support of their statement of intent, at least one of the following:

  1. DVD / photographs of applicant's work completed within the last three years;
  2. DVD / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  3. DVD / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s) within the last three years.

Applicants for DTE Major may submit, in support of their statement of intent, any one of the following:

  1. DVD / photographs / written record of applicant's drama teaching activities;
  2. DVD / photographs / written record of any drama education / applied drama / theatre activities designed or facilitated by the applicant;
  3. One or more drama education syllabus devised by the applicant in the past.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CINEMA PRODUCTION

Applicants should possess :

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in Film and Television from the Academy; or
    undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution; or
    another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution; and
  2. Final year grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree Major Study or equivalent; and,
  3. Band 5.5 or above in IELTS. For applicants who cannot demonstrate achievement in the IELTS test, the Academy English admission tests will be considered an acceptable alternative.

Applicants must nominate their preferred area of specialisation on the application form. Additionally, a written personal statement, together with relevant samples of previous experience and creative work, in film and/or related fields, should be
submitted in support of the application.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT ARTS

Applicants should possess :

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts (formerly Technical Arts) from the Academy; or
    undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution; or
    another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution; and
  2. Final year grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree major study or equivalent; and
  3. Band 5.5 or above in IELTS. For applicants who cannot demonstrate achievement in the IELTS test, the Academy English admission tests will be considered an acceptable alternative.

Applicants are also required to submit, in support of their statement of intent, at least one of the following:

  1. DVD / video / photographs of applicant's work completed within the last three years;
  2. DVD / video / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  3. DVD / video / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s) within the last three years.​

MASTER OF MUSIC

Applicants should possess:

  1. Bachelor of Music degree from the Academy with a final year GPA of 3.3 or above in the major study and an overallprogramme GPA of 2.7 or above; or
    Bachelor degree in music from a recognised institution, normally with honours not lower than second class (upper division), or an average grade not lower than B in undergraduate courses; or
    another qualification of equivalent standard from the Academy or from another recognised institution, and
  2. ​For Western performance and composition majors, Band 6 or above in IELTS. For Chinese performance majors, Band 5.5 or above in IELTS. For applicants who cannot demonstrate achievement in the IELTS test, the Academy English admission tests will be considered an acceptable alternative.
    Candidates applying for a major study in Chinese music whose entrance qualification has not been obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is Chinese are required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills.

ALTERNATIVE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants who do not satisfy the normal admission requirements above may be considered exceptionally if they possess:

  1. A level of achievement in a relevant discipline that is judged by the Academy to be comparable to the standard of the honours degree; and
  2. High level of English comprehension and writing skills.

ADMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING

Applicants with previous postgraduate credit from another institution or with relevant professional experience may be admitted with Advanced Standing status. Credit exemption is determined by audition, interview, and official transcripts, course descriptions from catalogues, syllabi from classes, performance assessments, employment/professional placement
reports, and/or published reviews to evaluate credits and experiences.Normally, work applied towards exemption must have been completed within five consecutive years prior to application.

In general, a student will not be granted more than 50% exemption of the required number of credits, and must normally complete a minimum full-time registration period of one year, equivalent to half of the normal period of study, to qualify for award of the master's degree.

EQUIVALENCY PRINCIPLES

The evaluation of prior learning and professional activity submitted for the purpose of admission with Advanced Standing or as equivalent to the normal admission requirements, is guided by principles that take into account various factors. A panel of three reviewers carry out evaluation to help ensure a balanced assessment. Among factors considered are:

  1. Appropriateness - the learning or activity is the same type, and in the same or equivalent subject areas;
  2. Level, depth, and quality - the learning or activity is of equivalent standard, encompassing similar depth at a sufficiently advanced level;
  3. Currency - the learning or activity is up-to-date;
  4. Length of time required, frequency, and other quantifiers - the learning or activity demands an equivalent time to complete at a similar intensity and frequency;
  5. Peer and industry assessment - the activity is acknowledged by peers or within the field as significant, or the learning is at a recognised and / or accredited institution; and,
  6. Artistic, creative, and scholarly content - the learning or activity has appropriate content.

Admission

Application

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Application for the Academy's postgraduate programmes starts from the beginning of December each year. The application form can be downloaded here.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend auditions, interviews and tests. Successful applicants will normally receive an individual notification from the Academic Services and Student Affairs Office (ASO) within two months of the final audition/interview. 

Academy English Admission Tests

Admission Test in progress

All shortlisted applicants are required to sit the Academy English admission tests comprised of a 30-minute written test, a spoken assessment, and a set of computer-based multiple choice questions testing grammar, vocabulary usage, and listening ability. Based on the results of these tests the applicant may be required to take the Intensive English Enhancement Course as a condition of their acceptance.

MFA in Dance

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and the Academy English admission tests. At the interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. their planned study timeline, i.e. full-time or part-time, daytime or evening, etc.;
  2. their focus areas; and
  3. their expectations of the captioned programme.

MFA in Drama

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and take the Academy English admission tests.​

Applicants for Directing will also be invited to direct a scene of play; Playwriting applicants will be asked to write a short piece on a given topic; and Acting major applicants will be required to act a scene of play. Drama and Theatre Education applicants will be asked to demonstrate a theatre game for teaching. Further details of the play topic and arrangements for actors will be outlined in the admission interview invitation letter.

MFA in Cinema Production

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview, and the Academy English admission tests. At the interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss:

  1. their focus areas;
  2. their expectations of the captioned programme; and
  3. their background and portfolio.

Applicants must nominate their preferred area of specialisation on the application form. Additionally, a written personal statement, together with relevant samples of previous experience and creative work, in film and/or related fields, should be submitted in support of the application.

MFA in Theatre and Entertainment Arts

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and the Academy English admission tests. At the Interview, applicants should be prepared to discuss in English:

  1. ​their planned study timeline, i.e. full-time or part-time, daytime or evening, etc.;
  2. their focus areas;
  3. their expectation of studying the captioned programme; and
  4. their background and portfolio.

Master of Music

Please click the following links for audition requirements and sample papers for diagnostic assessment.

Audition Requirements

Western Music History Diagnostic assessment sample papers

Chinese Music Analysis assessment sample papers

Chinese Music History Diagnostic assessment sample papers


Admission Notification and Registration Package

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Once the individual notification has been issued from the ASO, successful applicants are required to return the “acceptance form” indicating the acceptance of offer together with a non-refundable initial payment of HK$10,000.00 towards tuition fees and other necessary documents in seven working days. The offer will be null if the initial payment is overdue.

For non-local students, the initial payment should be settled by mailing a bank draft payable to “The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts”. In the meantime, students are required to undergo a medical examination by any registered medical practitioner at the student’s own cost. The medical report of this particular examination forms part of the student record for future reference on any necessary health services provided in the Academy or designated medical centres.

Non-local students need to apply for a student visa to enter and stay in Hong Kong for the period of study. Please click here for visa application procedures.

After receiving the completed acceptance form, the initial payment of tuition fees and other necessary documents, the ASO will mail the students a registration package which contains instructions on further admission procedures such as in-person registration, course advising and orientation programmes.


Visa Application for Non-local Students

Entry Arrangements for Mainland Students

 
Presentation in progress

After receiving the completed acceptance form, the initial payment of tuition fees, and the completed visa application documents*, the Academic Services Office (ASO) will submit the visa application for Mainland students to the Hong Kong Immigration Department.  It normally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process a visa/entry permit application.  Once the application is approved, the Hong Kong Immigration Department will then issue a self-adhesive entry permit label to the Academy for onward transmission to the students.

Once the Mainland student receives the self-adhesive entry permit label sent from the Academy, together with the individual notification of offer, s/he must immediately apply for an 'Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau' (EEP) and a relevant exit endorsement from the Public Security Bureau (PSB) office where her/his household registration is kept. The entry permit label should be affixed onto a blank endorsement page of the EEP for arrival clearance upon entry to Hong Kong. Remember the entry permit label must NOT be affixed onto the PRC passport or other travel documents. For detailed application procedures, please refer to the Mainland’s PSB office.

Entry Arrangements for Overseas Students, including Students from Macau and Taiwan

Student Activity

After receiving the completed acceptance form, the initial payment of tuition fees and the completed visa application documents*, the ASO will submit the visa application for students from Macau, Taiwan or overseas to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. It normally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process a visa/entry permit application. Once the application is approved, the Hong Kong Immigration Department will then issue a self-adhesive visa label to the Academy for onward transmission to the students.  

Once the overseas students receive the self-adhesive visa label sent from the Academy, they must affix the visa label onto their travel documents, or "Visit Permit for Residents of Macau to HKSAR" for applicants from Macau, and enter Hong Kong on strength of that document.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department will issue a single entry permit to the Academy for onward transmission to full-time students from Taiwan. The student must enter Hong Kong on the strength of the entry permit.

*The required visa application documents include:

  1. Duly completed Application forms ID(C)936A, ID(C)936E and ID(C)936L (Chinese version) or ID(E)936A, ID(E)936E and ID(E)936L (English version);
  2. Duly completed Declaration on Applicant's living cost and financial proof (ID(C)936K (Chinese version) or ID(E)936K (English version)); and
  3. Copies of the valid travel documents and other supporting identification papers.

Further details can be found in the Immigration Policy on Education of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Important: In the case of a non-local student who has entered Hong Kong on a visitor/tourist visa, the Academy will not register her/him as a student and will not allow her/him to commence her/his studies until s/he first obtains a student visa.


In-person Registration and Course Registration

Student in class

Students are required to come to the Academic Services Office (ASO) personally for registration.  Students unable to register on the scheduled dates are required to apply to the ASO in writing for deferred registration before the set due date.  If students fail to come for registration on the scheduled dates and do not notify the ASO for any deferred registration, a late registration fee will be levied.

Students are also required to attend a scheduled course advising session for course selection. Students register courses through a web-based self-service system.


Accommodation

Photo of students

At present the Academy has NO hostel facilities. Non-local students need to take the initiative to organise their own private accommodation either on an individual or a sharing basis. Students are strongly recommended to seek prior advice and assistance from friends or relatives in Hong Kong and have all the arrangements confirmed before departure.  Below are some useful links for reference:

Renting Notes

Caritas-Hong Kong Hospitality Services

YMCA of Hong Kong

YWCA of Hong Kong

GovHK

For a few selected non-local scholarship students, the Academy may arrange accommodation for them subject to availability. This is usually a fully furnished flat with beds, desks, shelves, kitchen and bathroom shared by two to four students. Utilities such as electricity and water are charged to the student’s own account.