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Undergraduate and Post-secondary Programmes

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  1. General Admission Requirements
  2. Admission with Advanced Standing
  3. Mature Applicants

General Admission Requirements

The Academy selects applicants for admission on the basis of the General Admission Requirements specified for the various academic programmes as well as applicants’ talents, attainments and relevant training, in the chosen disciplines. Applicants may be asked to attend an audition and/or an interview or to submit a portfolio or to sit an entry test, or a combination of these as deemed necessary by the schools which offer the respective programmes. Details of audition, interview and selection requirements are given under the School information sections.

Bachelor Honours Degree Programmes

Attained (1) the required results in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination; or one of the qualifications listed in (2) Other Recognized Qualifications or (3) Recognized Non-local/ International Qualifications listed below.

(1) Attained in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination

  1. Level 3 or above in English Language*; and
  2. Level 3 or above in Chinese Language*; and
  3. Level 2 or above in Mathematics; and
  4. Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies

And preferably:

  1. Level 2 or above in one elective subject; or
  2. Attained with Distinction in one Applied Learning subject (subject to the requirements of the respective school)

*The recognised English and Chinese qualifications listed in paragraph (4) and (5) are accepted as alternatives for satisfying the language requirements.

(2) Other Recognised Qualifications

Obtained one of the following qualifications:

  Qualification Grade/Score
a Diploma from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • Satisfactory completion of a relevant foundation diploma and/or diploma and/or advanced diploma programme; and
  • Attainment of relevant GPA scores stipulated by the school; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
b Associate Degree/Higher Diploma from a recognised post-secondary institution or Degree level study
  • ​​​​Satisfactory completion of an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma; or
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of a Bachelor's degree programme
c GCE Advanced Level Examination
  • Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects, and Grade D and Grade E or above in two AS-level subjects; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
d International Advanced Level Examination (International A-Level)
  • Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or Grade E or above in two A-Level and two AS Level subjects; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
e International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • An IB Diploma of 24 points or above; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
f Others
  • A level of academic and/or professional achievement in the chosen art discipline which is deemed by the Academy as comparable to the general admission requirements; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes

(3) Recognised Non-local / International Qualifications

Counrty Qualification
Australia
  • A minimum score of 50 in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR); and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Canada
  • A recognized high school diploma including British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Quebec Diploma of College Studies
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
China
  • A satisfactory overall score in National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE); or A Postsecondary Diploma (Zhuanke or Gaozhi Certificate of Graduation); and
  • Satisfactory score in English/score in one of the recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
UK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Obtaining one of the following:
    • GCE A-level Examination: Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects, and Grade D and Grade E or above in two AS-level subjects;
    • A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Grades PPP or above;
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Indonesia
  • Completion of SMA Ujian Sekolah and preferably completion of SMA Ujian Nasional; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
New Zealand
  • The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Singapore
  • Obtaining one of the following:
    • Passes in at least 2 Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level H2 subjects and a pass in the General Paper (H1) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2);
    • Diploma awarded by one of the following institutions: Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Macau
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma/Certificate
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Malaysia
  • Obtaining one of the following:
    • Passes in 3 subjects at Grade C or above in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM); or
    • Passes in 6 subjects at Grade B6 or equivalent in aggregate scores in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Senior Middle Level; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Philippines
  • Completion of the first two years of a bachelor's degree programme at a recognised university (for applicants who have not completed senior high school Grades 11 and 12 ); or
  • Completion of senior high school Grade 12; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Thailand
  • Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6)); and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
Taiwan
  • A satisfactory overall score in General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) in Taiwan; and
  • Recognised English Language qualifications for admission to degree programmes
United States of America
  • A composite score of 23 or above in American College Test (ACT); or
  • Grade 3 or above in two subjects in Advanced Placement (AP)

(4) Recognised English Language Qualification for Admission to Degree Programme

Obtained one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Examination Grade/Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Only

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Grade 4 in Standard or Higher Level English Language (Syllabus A 1 or A2); or
Grade 4 in Higher Level English Language (Syllabus B); or
Grade 5 in Standard Level English Language (Syllabus A)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – for recognised test centres, please consult the Academic Services Office

79 in Internet-based Test (iBT)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination in English Language

Level 3 or above

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (A-Level) in English Language

Grade E or above

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in English Language

Level 3 or above (taken after 2007)

National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE /Gaokao) A score of 110 or above in JEE English Language
General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examination (GCE A-Level) in English Grade E or above
General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in English; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in English; or
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in English
Grade C or above
Australian State or Tertiary High School Certificate Examination Grade 12 English At least 70%
Canadian Grade 12 English At least 70%
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English Language Grace C6 or above
Singapore Cambridge GCE O-level English Language Grace C6 or above
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Senior English Language Grade B6 or above

The Academy reserves the right to accept language qualifications in conjunction with in-house proficiency tests.

(5) Recognised Chinese Language Qualification for Admission to Degree Programme

Obtained one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Examination Grade/Score
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination in Chinese Language

Level 3 or above

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in Chinese
Language; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Chinese Language; or International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in Chinese First Language

Grade C or above

Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)
Not applicable to Cantonese Opera
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education; or
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools.
Attained

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Advanced Diploma Programmes

(1) Attained in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination

  1. Level 2 or above in English Language; and
  2. Level 2 or above in Chinese Language; and
  3. Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies;

And 

  1. A diploma awarded by the Academy, including the attainment of relevant GPA scores; or an equivalent qualification deemed acceptable by the Academy.

(2) Other Acceptable Qualifications

Attained one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Examination Advanced Diploma in Dance / Music Advanced Diploma in Cantonese Opera
Grade/Score Grade/Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test Only

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Prospective students are not required to satisfy the English Language Admission Requirement

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT for recognised test centres, please consult the Academic Services Office

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Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in English Language

Level 2 or above
(taken after 2007)

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in English; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in English; or
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in English

Grade D or above

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in Chinese Language; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Chinese Language; or
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in Chinese First Language

Grade C or above

Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)
Not applicable to Cantonese Opera
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education; or
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools.

Attained

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The Academy reserves the right to accept language qualifications in conjunction with in-house proficiency tests.

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Diploma Programmes

(1) Attained in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination

  1. Level 2 or above in English Language; and
  2. Level 2 or above in Chinese Language; and
  3. Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies;

And preferably:

  1. Level 2 or above in one subject; or
  2. Attained in one Applied Learning subject (subject to the requirements of the respective school)

(2) Other Acceptable Qualifications

Qualification Grade/Score
Yi Jin A Yi Jin Diploma

(3) Alternate English Language Qualifications

Attained one of the following qualifications:

Examination Diploma in
Dance / Music
Diploma in Cantonese Opera
Grade/Score Grade/Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Academic Test Only

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Prospective students are not required to satisfy the English Language Admission Requirement

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT for recognised test centres, please consult the Academic Services Office

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Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in English Language

Level 2 or above (taken after 2007)

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in English; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in English; or
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in English

Grade D or above

The Academy reserves the right to accept language qualifications in conjunction with in-house proficiency tests.

(4) Alternative Chinese Language Admission Requirements

Attained one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Exmination Grade/Score
General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) in Chinese Language; or
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Chinese Language; or
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) in Chinese First Language
Grade C or above
Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)
Not applicable to Cantonese Opera
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education; or
  • Students have learnt Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools.
Attained

Certificate in Theatre and Entertainment Arts (Fast Track Vocational)

Applicants should have completed secondary school education and also show a genuine passion, interest and desire to work in theatre, the entertainment arts, preferably in one of the specialist areas offered. Acceptance is based on an interview and review of portfolio work where applicable.

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Admission with Advanced Standing

The Academy will consider admission with advanced standing for applicants who have satisfactorily completed relevant studies at an appropriate level at the Academy, or a recognised institution elsewhere, or who are in possession of significant professional experience in a relevant art discipline which in the judgement of the Academy merits exemption from some of the courses within the programmes. The Academy may admit such applicants with advanced standing and grant them credits by exemption for some courses within the programmes, subject to the entry requirements of the respective programmes being met, and to the regulations of the Academy on admission with advanced standing.

Credits by exemption are normally granted for not more than half of the total number of credits required for graduation from the programme concerned. To be considered for graduation, students admitted with advanced standing are required to study at the Academy for a minimum period which is equivalent to half of the normal period of study for the programme and to gain by study at the Academy at least half of the total number of credits required for graduation. A student admitted with advanced standing is required to study on a full-time basis unless special approval for otherwise is granted by the Academy.

There is no provision for application from an uncompleted diploma programme to an advanced diploma/bachelor’s degree programme, or from an uncompleted advanced diploma programme to a bachelor’s degree programme unless under very exceptional circumstances and with special approval of the Academy.

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Mature Applicants

Applicants who have reached the age of 25 on or before 1 September of the year in which admission is sought may be admitted on an exceptional basis if they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. Significant work or professional experience in areas relevant to the chosen art discipline at a level of achievement which is deemed by the Academy as comparable to the general admission requirements; and
  2. A satisfactory pass in the diagnostic test of the school; and
  3. A satisfactory score in one of the recognised alternative English Language qualifications for admission to Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree programmes.

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