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Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts includes seven Departments, two Language Centres, a Music and Performing Arts Unit and four Research Centres. It currently offers 10 undergraduate major programmes and a self-financing bachelor degree Programme. All of the majors simultaneously teach advanced disciplinary competence so that interested students may pursue postgraduate studies, and important transferrable skills such as textual and logical analysis and effective written and spoken communication that prepare our graduates for careers in business, government, creative industries, and education.


The Faculty employs a hybrid model of admissions, so that students may apply directly to such majors as Chinese, Contemporary English Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Translation or Visual Studies, or apply to the Faculty, enabling them to take a year to explore various options before selecting a major in year two. Most of our programmes are interdisciplinary in nature. For example, Visual Studies combines aesthetics, art history, and film studies, while Contemporary English Studies combines the study of literature and applied linguistics. In addition to these majors, students who admit via the faculty-based admission may pursue an integrated major in Chinese Literature, History and Philosophy, or even design their own major while working closely with a faculty supervisor. The Faculty also offers a self-financing bachelor degree programme in Animation and Digital Arts starting from 2019 intake. in order to cultivate talents in the creative industries.


Professors in the Arts Faculty are recruited globally, from such places as Hong Kong, mainland China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Belgium, and India. Many of them have published books and articles with the top presses and journals in the world. The Philosophy Department has been ranked in the top 150 in the world by the QS Rankings.


Our four research centres, namely, Centre for Cinema Studies (CCS), Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), Hong Kong and South China Historical Research Programme (HKSCHRP) and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development (KFCRD) Programme are active in the community, with both service and knowledge transfer ventures. The KFCRD develops international cultural research networks and link these to training and development projects involving cultural industry and community groups, policy-makers, teachers and students. The HKSCHRP promotes historical knowledge and heritage to the wider community. Other initiatives include Lingnan Arts Festival performances and workshops by Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit (WBLMP), a Lingnan Garden tilled by our students, and service-learning courses that enable students to serve the local community.