School of Creative Media

BA Creative Media

Academic Year of Entry
Admission Code

1042 (JS1042)

Indicative Intake Target

Local Places:

20 (For First Year and Advanced Standing I Entries)*

Non-Local Places  
(For Overall Direct Applications):

Around 300

Normal Duration of Programme
4 years
Programme Website
Major Leader
Prof. Phoebe MAN

BA (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), MFA (San Francisco Art Institute), DFA (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

General Enquiries
Contact Type
Contact Value

+852 3442 8049

Contact Type
Contact Value

* for JUPAS and non-JUPAS admissions

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Programme Brochure
About Programme
Why BA Creative Media?

The BACM major crosses the boundaries between different digital media arts practices and combines critical studies and creative practice. You will acquire both breadth learning and specialist training in media arts and study courses in photography, computational art, gaming and interactive media, sound, animation, film and media art installation. 

Our Target

This major is an innovative programme that advocates inter-medial creative practices. The programme fuses art, culture and media technology, covering a wide range of subjects such as cinema, animation, photography, sound, installation, interactive media, video game and new media art etc. The curriculum places strong focuses on applied learning and integrative training of creativity and technology. Students are expected to develop professional competency and creative and critical thinking via hands-on learning and studio practice. This major is designed to train creative talents and practitioners who not only possess cultural sensibility but are also equipped with strong technological literacy, ready and adaptable for the cultural sphere, creative industry and media sector of the 21st century.

Entrance Requirements
JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS Entrance Requirements

JS1042 BA Creative Media
HKDSE SubjectMinimum Level Required
English LanguageLevel 3
Chinese LanguageLevel 3
MathematicsLevel 2
Citizenship and Social DevelopmentAttained
Elective 1Level 3
Elective 2Level 3

- Besides Category A elective subjects, Mathematics extended modules (M1/M2) and “other languages” (at grade E or above) can also be used to meet the elective requirement. If students take both M1 and M2, they are counted as one subject only.   
- For details of the alternative Chinese Language qualifications acceptable by the University for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, please click here.

Notes for Elective subject(s)

"Attained with Distinction I or II" in the following Applied Learning subjects may be accepted as one elective subject for JS1042:

Subjects from the following course clusters (subject list available at the Education Bureau website):

• Design Studies   
• Media Arts   
• Performing Arts   
• Films, TV and Broadcasting Studies   
• Media Production and Public Relations   
• Medical Science and Health Care   
• Psychology   
• Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering   
• Information Engineering   
• Services Engineering   
• Business Studies ('Data Application for Business' course only)   
Portfolio Submission

All JUPAS applicants who select the School of Creative Media (SCM) (JS1041/JS1042/JS1043/JS1044) as their Band A or B choice are highly recommended to submit a portfolio of creative work via an online system to SCM. JUPAS applicants who select SCM (JS1041/JS1042/JS1043/JS1044) as their other band choice are also welcome to submit a portfolio. Please refer to the School’s portfolio web page for the most up-to-date submission deadlines and specifications for the portfolio. Portfolio materials may include still photography, paintings/drawings, sculptures, musical compositions/performances, films/videos, software, multimedia productions, academic or creative writing, science projects or other forms of imaginative activity.

Consideration may be given to students' employment records, travel and other examples of life experience.

Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Direct/ Non-JUPAS Applicants Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

Portfolio Submission

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and/or other assessment processes so that the School of Creative Media can gauge their creative potential. All direct applicants for SCM programmes (1041/1042/1043/1044/1456A/1468A/1471A) are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio of creative work via an online system to SCM. Please refer to the School’s portfolio web page for the most up-to-date submission deadlines and specifications for the portfolio. Portfolio materials may include still photography, paintings/drawings, sculptures, musical compositions/performances, films/videos, software, multimedia productions, academic or creative writing, science projects or other forms of imaginative activity.

Consideration may be given to employment records, travel and other examples of life experience.

Curriculum Structure

Subject Area

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

School Requirement


Creative Media Studio I



Interdisciplinary Practices in Art, Science and the Humanities


Gateway Education (GE)@

(To be taken throughout the 4 years of study)

  • School-specified Courses


New Media Art



Creative Coding



Introduction to Media Computing


  • GE English Courses *


University English



Word, Sound and Image: Writing for Creative Media


LC0200A  and LC0200B

English for Academic Purposes 1 #

English for Academic Purposes 2

(for students who score Level 3 in HKDSE English Language or Grade E in HKALE AS-level Use of English, or as determined by Language Centre)



  • GE Chinese Course


Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy


  • GE Distributional Courses

(To be selected by students)


For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the 'Undergraduate Catalogue'.

@ Students may be required to complete CHIN1001 University Chinese 1 according to their entry qualification in Chinese.

* Depending on students’ HKDSE English Language test scores.

# Students who achieve a grade B or above in their overall course results for LC0200A will be permitted to exit the programme at this point. They will achieve 3 credits and will be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses.


After completing the common School requirements, students will study a group of major core courses that distinguish BACM from the other two SCM majors. The core courses are Creative Media Studio II (cinematography, sound and video post-production), Physical Computing and Tangible Media, Critical Theory and Socially Engaged Practices and Narrative Strategies and Aesthetics of Time-based Media for a variety of media contexts such as moving image, animation, experimental videography, documentary works, games, hypertextual environments and non-linear screen storytelling.

Beyond the School and major core requirements, students are free to take any elective courses from various areas such as animation, game, cinema and new media. These electives are meant to assist students in designing their own study paths based on their personal and professional objectives.

All students undertake a research-based Graduation Thesis/Project, which can be a creative art or critical writing project. Optional internships and overseas exchange programmes are also in place to provide students with networking experience before they graduate. Throughout their studies, students will have broad exposure to world-class artists and creative media professionals who visit SCM as guests or artists-in-residence on a regular basis.

Students can also take free electives or minor(s) according to their personal or career interests to fulfil the credit requirement for graduation. A strong Student Advising Scheme is in place to provide students with essential guidance and mentoring as part of their study plan.

Career Prospect

Graduates are qualified for a broad range of positions in media, art, design and film industries. We expect our graduates to obtain jobs in areas such as animation, film, television, video production, advertising, media art, Internet and multimedia design, art-writing, art/media education, art/cultural management and exhibition design. The BACM curriculum also addresses the professional environment in which competent and socially engaged media art professionals are needed outside the media industry. BACM graduates should be prepared for careers in artistic and cultural fields through good networking and the ability to contribute sound knowledge of multimedia and interdisciplinary creative thinking. The design of the curriculum also allows students to develop secondary areas of interest to broaden their employability and graduate-level higher education opportunities.

Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme

Students also have the opportunity to study in international joint degree programmes. The Joint Degree in Creative Media and Digital Media, in collaboration with the BA Digital Media programme at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, is available for students in the BACM and BAS majors. Students study for four semesters at CityU and four semesters at the host university. They complete 50% of the graduation requirements of both programmes, and get two degrees – one from CityU in Hong Kong and another from the Leuphana University in Germany. Please visit for details.

Student Exchange / Internship

Semester-long exchange study opportunities are offered worldwide. European venues include UK, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Asian venues include Mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Students are also encouraged to join month-long overseas summer study programmes of various themes, such as animation, creative computing and enhancement on English proficiency.

The internship programme complements the SCM curricula by coordinating with companies and organizations in providing on-the-job training to students. A broad variety of local and overseas internship opportunities are available to prepare students for the exciting challenges of the fast-growing creative industries.  

What's More?
Did You Know?

The School encourages students to join media art competitions and festivals locally and internationally. Our students and alumni have participated in many competitions and made outstanding achievements such as the following:

• The Golden Nica in Artificial Intelligence & Life Art Category, Prix Ars Electronica 2023 
• Gold Award (2018, 2022) and Silver Award (2015, 2019, 2022) in the Media Art Category, Best Local Work (2017), and Emerging Talent Award (2016), the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) 
• ABC TV Award, The 17th Osaka Asian Film Festival 2022 
• Artist of the Year (Media Arts) (2021, 2022), Award for Young Artist (Media Arts) (2012-14, 2018-20, 2022), Award for Young Artist (Film) (2012), Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) (2017), and Artist of the Year (Film) (2017), Award for Arts Promotion and Education (2022), the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 
• Best New Director, the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards, 2022 
• Grand Prize and Regional Gold Award (2020) and Asia Grand Prize (2019, 2022), DigiCon6 Asia 
• Best New Director, the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild 2021 Awards 
• The Audience Choice Award, The Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2021 
• Best Abstract Film Award, The London International Animation Festival 2021 
• Best Art Direction, the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards, 2020 
• The Golden Nica in Digital Communities Category, Prix Ars Electronica 2020 
• Giga-Hertz Production Prize, Giga-Hertz Award 2020 
• Gold Award (2011-2013, 2015-2017, 2020) and Silver Award (2012-2013) in the Open Category, the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) 
• Gold Award (2014, 2020), Silver Award (2014, 2016, 2018) and Excellence Award (2018) in the Animation Category, the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva) 
• WMA Masters Award 2013, 2016 and 2020, WMA Commission Recipient 2018 
• Gold Award, Tier 1 - Animation Start-ups, The 7th Animation Support Program, 2020 
• Best Animated Feature, the Oscars, 2018 
• Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards, 2018 
• One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong, 2018 
• Best New Director, the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards, 2017 
• Grand Prix, the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival, 2017 
• Best Makeup and Costume Design, the 54th Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan, 2017 
• Best New Director, the 11th Hong Kong Film Directors Guild Awards, 2016 
• Best Director and Best Screenplay, the 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, 2016 
• Best New Director, the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan, 2016 

Many of our graduates have gone abroad to study for their master's degrees in various fields of specialisation in prestigious schools and universities such as the following:

• Carnegie Mellon University, USA (media art) 
• Concordia University, Canada (media art and sculpture) 
• Duke University, USA (experimental and documentary media) 
• Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (human-computer interaction) 
• Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (urban photography, visual anthropology) 
• Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan (media design) 
• King’s College London, UK (critical theory) 
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (media design; art, culture and technology) 
• National Film and Television School, UK (animation) 
• Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK (sculpture) 
• The Royal College of Art, UK (visual communication design) 
• University of the Arts London, UK (fine arts, fashion photography) 
• University of California, Los Angeles, USA (media design) 
• University of Oslo, Norway (media studies) 
• University of Southern California, USA (digital media) 
• University of Washington, USA (digital media art)

Bonus Features

Housed in the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, the School provides a regular schedule of in-house exhibitions and presentations by SCM faculty and students, along with internationally recognised media artists and scholars.

CityU Tiger Programme

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) launched the CityU Tiger Programme ( to advance society by nurturing the talents of tomorrow and transforming students into future global leaders. The programme targets both newly-admitted undergraduate students with outstanding academic performance as well as high-achieving first-year students. With constant guidance and support from world-class faculty members, these talented students can enrich their knowledge, cultivate their talents in their respective fields of study, and prepare themselves for a promising future. CityU also offers the Talents Programme, which provides tailored options for ambitious students who are committed to pursuing excellence and willing to go the extra mile to maximize their learning experience at CityU. 

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