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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

(1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination

The applicant shall have obtained the following:

(a) Level 3 or above in English Language; and
(b) Level 3 or above in Chinese Language; and
(c) Level 2 or above in Mathematics; and
(d) Level 2 or above in Liberal Studies; and ;
(e) Level 2 or above in at least one of any other subject (or “attained” for Applied Learning Subject)

(2) Other Recognised Qualifications

Qualification Grade/Score English Language Qualifications
a) Bachelor Degree from a local recognised post-secondary institution Satisfactory completion of at least one year of a Bachelor Degree Not Required
b) Associate Degree/Higher Diploma from a local recognised post-secondary institution Satisfactory completion of at least one year of an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma Programme with GPA 2.0 or above
c) Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
  • Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or
  • Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects and Grade E or above in two AS Level subjects
Recognized English Language qualifications for admission to Bachelor Honours Degree Programme
d) General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examination (GCE A-Level)
  • Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or
  • Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects and Grade D and E or above in two AS Level subjects
e) International Advanced Level Examination (IAL)
  • Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or
  • Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects and Grade E or above in two AS Level subjects
f) International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points or above
g) American College Test (ACT) A composite score of 24 or above
h) Advanced Placement (AP) Grade 3 or above in two subjects
i) Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) BTEC Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Grades MP or above;
BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) at Grades MM or above;
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Grade D or above;
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma at Grade M or above;
BTEC Level 4 or above Diploma
j) Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Total score of 1190 out of 1600 (from March 2016); or
Combined score of 1650 out of 2400 in SAT reasoning test (before March 2016)

(3) Recognised International Qualifications (By Country)

Country/Area Qualification English Language Qualification
Australia A minimum score of 50 in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Recognized English Language qualifications for admission to Bachelor Honours Degree Programme
Canada A recognized high school diploma including British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Quebec Diploma of College Studies
China
  • A satisfactory overall score in National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE); or
  • A Postsecondary Diploma (Zhuanke or Gaozhi Certificate of Graduation)
India A minimum average score of 75% at Standard XII (Grade12) in India Senior School Certificate Examination (SSC)/Higher School Certificate (HSC)/Indian School Certificate (ISC)
Indonesia Completion of SMA Ujian Sekolah and preferably completion of SMA Ujian Nasional
Macau Senior Secondary School Graduate Diploma/Certificate
Malaysia Obtaining one of the following:
  • At least two subjects (other than language subjects) at Grade C or above in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STMP); or
  • At least four subjects passes and with aggregate score of 15 in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Senior Middle Level
  • Completion of the Foundation Studies in Creative Arts offered by the Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)
New Zealand The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3
Philippines
  • Completion of Senior High School Grade 12; or
  • Completion of the first two years of a bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university (for applicants who have not completed senior high school Grades 11 and 12)
Singapore
  • Diploma awarded by one of the following institutions: Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts; or
Not required
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level: passes in at least 2 H2 subjects and a pass in General Paper (H1) or Knowledge and Inquiry (H2); or
  • IBCP Diploma awarded by The School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)
Recognized English Language qualifications for admission to Bachelor Honours Degree Programme
Taiwan
  • A satisfactory score in General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) overall five subjects; or
  • Completion of Year 3 (Pre-University) of the Taiwanese 7-year programmes
Thailand Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6))
UK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) Obtaining one of the following:
  • GCE A-level Examination: Grade E or above in three A-Level subjects; or
  • GCE A-level Examination: Grade E or above in two A-Level subjects and Grade D and E or above in two AS Level subjects; or
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Grades MP or above;
    BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) at Grades MM or above;
    BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Grade D or above;
    BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma at Grade M or above;
    BTEC Level 4 or above Diploma
United States of America
  • A composite score of 24 or above in American College Test (ACT); or
  • Grade 3 or above in two subjects in Advanced Placement (AP); or
  • A total score of 1190 or above in Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) [from March 2016]; or
    combined score of 1650 or above in SAT Reasoning Test [before March 2016]

Recognized English Language Qualifications for Admission to Bachelor Honours Degree Programmes

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

5.5

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

72 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) in English Language A score of 100 or above in JEE English Language
International Baccalaureate (IB) in English Language

Grade 4 in Standard or Higher Level English Language (Syllabus A1 or A2); or
Grade 4 in Higher Level English Language (Syllabus B); or
Grade 5 in Standard Level English Language (Syllabus A)

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examination (GCE A-Level) in English Language 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%
India Senior School Certificate Examination (SSC)/Higher School Certificate (HSC)/Indian School Certificate (ISC) At least 70% of score in Standard XII (Grade 12) English Language
Philippine Grade 11 or 12 English At least 70%
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English Language Grade C/6C or above
Singapore Cambridge GCE O-level English Language Grade C6 or above
Singapore IBCP Standard/Higher Level English Language Grade 4 in IBCP Standard/Higher Level English Language (Syllabus A1 or A2); or
Grade 4 in IBCP Higher Level English Language (Syllabus B); or
Grade 5 in IBCP Standard Level English Language (Syllabus A)
Malaysia 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.

Alternative recognized Chinese Language qualifications of HKDSE Chinese Language for admission to Bachelor Degree Programmes (Only apply to HKDSE applicants)

Attained one of the following qualifications for HKDSE applicants who do not meet Level 3 or above in Chinese Language:

Examination 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

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Advanced Diploma Programmes

The applicant shall have obtained the following:

(1) A diploma awarded by the Academy, including the attainment of relevant GPA scores; or an equivalent qualification deemed acceptable by the Academy; and a recognized English qualification for Advanced Diploma in Dance and Advanced Diploma in Music.
 

(2) Other acceptable qualifications

(a) Attained one of the following qualifications:

  • Associate Degree/Higher Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution or Degree level study; or
  • Zhuanke Diploma from Mainland China postsecondary institutions and relevant work and professional experience; or
  • Gaozhi Diploma from Mainland China postsecondary institutions and relevant work and professional experience; or
  • Full time career performer with 5 years or above of performing experience; and

(b) A recognized English qualification for Advanced Diploma in Dance and Advanced Diploma in Music.

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

5.0

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

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - for recognised test centres, please consult the Registry

46 in Internet-based Test (iBT)

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

Diploma in Foundations Programmes*
(New Programmes starting from 2019/20 Academic Year)

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

(a) Level 2 or above in English Language# and Chinese Language#; and
​(b) Level 2 or above in any other three subjects (Attained in one Applied Learning subject can be counted towards fulfilling one HKDSE subject requirement)

(2) Other Acceptable Qualifications

Diploma Yijin

# Attained one of the following qualifications for applicants who do not meet the English Language and/or Chinese Language requirements:

Alternative English Language Qualifications

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

5.0

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

46 in Internet-based Test (iBT)

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

Alternative Chinese Language Qualifications

Examination 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)
  • 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

* Offer of the Diploma in Foundations programmes is subject to approval by the Academic Board of the Academy.

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Diploma in Cantonese Opera Programme

The applicant shall have obtained the following:

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

(a) Level 2 or above in Chinese Language*; and
​(b) Level 2 or above in any other three subjects (Attained in one Applied Learning subject can be counted towards fulfilling one HKDSE subject requirement)

(2) Other Acceptable Qualifications

Diploma Yijin

* Attained one of the following qualifications for local applicants who do not meet HKDSE Level 2 or above in Chinese Language:

Examination 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

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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:

(a) 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
(b) A satisfactory pass in the diagnostic test of the school; and
(c) A satisfactory score in one of the recognised alternative English Language qualifications for admission to Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Degree programmes.

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