MA Creative Media

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Day and Evening sessions

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 Year; Part-time: 2 Years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
BA (Lyon Institute of Political Studies), MA (Pantheon-Assas University), PhD (Sorbonne Nouvelle University), PhD (University of Montreal)Posdoc (McGill)
+852 3442 4713
Admissions Tutor
Dr Harald KRAEMER (Curating & Media Stream)
MA (Viennese Institute for Cultural Studies), PhD (University Trier/Moselle)
+852 3442 2275
Admissions Tutor
Dr Yuk HUI (Media Culture)
BEng (University of Hong Kong), MA, PhD (Goldsmiths College)
3442 5725
General Enquiries
General Office, School of Creative Media
+852 3442 8049
Programme Aims and Objectives

The Degree

The Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) offers a humanities-oriented curriculum intended to complement the School of Creative Media’s mission to investigate the most significant artistic, professional, and socially relevant aspects of contemporary mediated expression.  Successful applicants will join one of two streams within the degree: Curating Art and Media (CAM) or Media Cultures (MC). The distinctive area of creative media studies represented by each stream caters to diverse student interests under a curriculum structure that provides a broad and flexible academic framework.

The Streams

The Curating Art and Media Stream (CAM) aims at developing the creative, intellectual, and technological competence required of future leaders in the art and media curating sector. It emphasizes the impact of digital media on all aspects of art, with a focus on developing capabilities in using new technologies in curating, exhibiting, and communicating art. Graduates will gain a critical understanding of key issues in contemporary practice of art and media, as well as solid skills in research, curating, collection, and exhibition to become successful in their careers or further studies in research degree programmes.

The Media Cultures Stream (MC) emphasizes on the critical consideration of significant areas of media history, theory, and criticism. In keeping with the School’s mission, the curricular emphasis is in areas of digital media, but traditional media forms (e.g. film) are also addressed. This stream is intended to provide postgraduate level preparation especially for media professionals and graduates, and for applicants from other professional areas in which the role of being a media specialist is increasingly desirable or necessary.

Entrance Requirements

Each applicant must apply to one specific stream. Admissions will be stream-based.

Applicants normally must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements for taught postgraduate programmes, i.e. they should be graduates of an accredited bachelor’s degree programme or equivalent. Both fresh graduates and individuals with some working experience in relevant industries are invited to apply. Applicants without the specified qualifications may still be considered for admission to the programme if they are able to present equivalent qualifications. All applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to pursue the programme.

The School assumes that applicants will have achieved a basic level of computer literacy. Accepted students may be advised to take intensive courses or take additional coursework together with MACM courses to make up for knowledge/skills gaps.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • A score of 500 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland; or
  • other equivalent qualifications
Course Description

The Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) programme consists of 30 credit units. The requirements for Curating Art and Media (CAM) and Media Cultures (MC) Stream are listed below: 

Programme Requirement CAM Stream MC Stream
Programme Core Course 3 credit units 3 credit units
Stream Core Courses 12 credit units 9 credit units
Elective Courses (at least 6 credit units belonging to the students’ home stream) 15 credit units  18 credit units
Total: 30 credit units 30 credit units

The required programme core courses and stream core courses explore key topics, methodologies, and issues in media studies, as well as field-specific material within the stream, while elective courses provide students with the opportunity to explore relevant subject areas of personal interest.

Elective courses are divided into two areas to align with the streams. Because of the practical and scholarly interconnections between the two streams, students will complete both stream-specific courses and courses from the other stream which allows them to individualize their own study paths. This provides students with plentiful opportunities to interact, collaborate, and exchange ideas with their peers, while ensuring that students develop unique knowledge and expertise within their own stream.

Bonus Features

Assessment in all courses normally will be entirely through coursework, which will consist primarily of written assignments (e.g. analytical essays, research papers, thought pieces, journals, critical responses and reviews, ethnographic study). Practical assignments involving the use of various media technologies (e.g. Web design tools, video, sound recording, animation) may be incorporated within individual courses.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.