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Postgraduate Programmes

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  1. General Admission Requirements
  2. Programme Specific Admission Requirements
  3. Alternative Admission Requirements
  4. Admission with Advanced Standing
  5. Equivalency Principles

General Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess:

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree in relevant discipline 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
  • Band 5.5 or above in IELTS, 450 or above in CET-6, or 79 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a recognised testing centre)*, if the Bachelor’s degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English; and
  • Specific requirements prescribed by the respective programmes, if any.

*For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please visit here.

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Programme Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Applicants should possess an overall programme grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree or equivalent.

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit a digital video file or online links to, at least one of the following, in support of their statement of intent:

  • applicant's choreography consisting of a group work and solo or duet choreographed within the last three years;
  • applicant's performance in at least two contrasting roles;
  • portfolio of applicant's current dance teaching practice;
  • 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;
  • and/or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in a specialisation area(s).

Master of Fine Arts in Drama

A satisfactory level of Chinese comprehension and writing skills may be required, depending on individual study plans; and

Applicants in Drama and Theatre Education major (DTE) should also possess at least 2 years of drama and theatre education or applied theatre experience. (For DTE applicants, an undergraduate degree in relevant discipline may refer to an undergraduate degree in education, social work or equivalent).

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit the following supporting application materials:

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

  • Digital video file / photographs of applicant's past work;
  • Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  • Digital video file / photographs and / or past portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s).

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

  • Digital video file / photographs / written record of applicant's drama teaching activities;
  • Digital video file / photographs / written record of any drama education / applied drama / theatre activities designed or facilitated by the applicant;
  • One or more drama education syllabus devised by the applicant in the past.

Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Production

In addition to the general requirements, 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 an overall programme grade of B (3.0) or above in the undergraduate degree or equivalent.

In addition to the general requirements and the above programme specific requirements, applicants are also required to submit, in support of their statement of intent, at least one of the following:

  • Digital video file / photographs of applicant's work completed within the last three years;
  • Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's current work;
  • Digital video file / photographs and / or portfolio of applicant's relevant work in specialisation area(s) within the last three years.

Master of Music

Applicants should possess:

  • Bachelor of Music degree from the Academy with a final year GPA of 3.3 or above in the Major Study and an overall programme GPA of 2.7 or above; or

Bachelor’s 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.

  • For Western Music Performance and Composition Majors, Band 6 or above in IELTS, 450 or above in CET-6, or 79 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a recognised testing centre),* if the Bachelor’s degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

For Chinese Performance Majors, Band 5.5 or above in IELTS, 450 or above in CET-6, or 79 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a recognised testing centre),* if the Bachelor’s degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.

  • Applicants 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.

*For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please visit here.

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Alternative Admission Requirements

Applicants who have reached the age of 25 on or before 1 September of the year in which they seek admission, and who do not fulfil the general admission requirements, may apply for alternative admission if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • Significant work or professional experience in areas relevant to the chosen arts discipline at a level of achievement which is deemed by the Academy as comparable to the general admission requirements; and
  • Band 5.5 or above in IELTS, 450 or above in CET-6, or 79 or above in TOEFL iBT (from a recognised testing centre)*; and
  • Specific requirements prescribed by the respective programmes, if any.

*For details of acceptable TOEFL centres, please visit here.

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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.

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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:

  • Appropriateness - the learning or activity is the same type, and in the same or equivalent subject areas;
  • Level, depth, and quality - the learning or activity is of equivalent standard, encompassing similar depth at a sufficiently advanced level;
  • Currency - the learning or activity is up-to-date;
  • Length of time required, frequency, and other quantifiers – the learning or activity demands an equivalent time to complete at a similar intensity and frequency;
  • 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, 
  • Artistic, creative, and scholarly content - the learning or activity has appropriate content.

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