The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) is the first university academy of its kind in Hong Kong, providing visual arts degree programmes linked to international exchange, current arts development and the fast-growing creative industries. AVA offers excellent teaching and is committed to nurturing creative and professional talent of international renown.
The Academy of Visual Arts endeavours:
- To become a leading academy of visual arts of high renown in the region;
- To develop a curriculum of high standard and ensure quality teaching through collaboration with other faculties and schools of the University as well as external parties and international exchanges, with a view to developing first-class BA and MA programmes in visual arts;
- To engage in practice and theoretical research in visual arts and other disciplines so as to pursue creative artwork and formulate innovative projects;
- To nurture graduates with a holistic personality, aesthetic capabilities, skills of artistic creation, a broad range of cultural perspectives, knowledge of the latest technology and media, understanding of Chinese cultural heritage and an awareness of the developments in the world of visual arts;
- To nurture capable professionals for the visual arts field and creative industries;
- To become a stronghold of knowledge and arts and an ideal platform for students and staff as well as scholars and artists from both the mainland and overseas, to pursue creative work, teach, conduct exchanges, hold exhibitions and lead forums.
Being Hong Kong’s pioneering institution of its kind, Academy of Visual Arts strives to provide the best education in visual arts, combining studio-based research on contemporary issues of the visual arts and sustainable service for the cultural and creative sectors as well as for the community at large.
The establishment of the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University was announced in November 2004 by the former President Ng Ching-fai, and in the following year, AVA launched its Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Arts Degree Programme in September 2005 on Kai Tak Campus, the historical building premises previously the Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess. Professor Chung Ling, then Dean of Faculty of Arts, served as AVA’s Interim Director and Professor Wan Qingli as Founding Director. The Academy of Visual Arts was officially inaugurated on 13 January 2006.
The Academy expanded in 2011, into the Communication and Visual Arts Building in Kowloon Tong, and in 2012, Professor John Aiken joined as Director of Academy of Visual Arts. In 2013, the University entered into a 10-year lease of the Kai Tak Campus with the Government; the historical campus now houses kaitak, AVA’s Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts. The Centre is the research and social engagement arm of the Academy and conducts projects for the development of visual arts in Hong Kong and around the region through its three units: Research Hub, the VArtCommunity (VAC) and the Young Artist Agency (YAA).
The Academy of Visual Arts is fully equipped with workshops and studios for Craft Arts, Design Arts, Studio Arts and New Media Arts, computer laboratories, galleries, as well as student studios. AVA offers academic programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and at the same time cultivates the development of art and culture in Hong Kong.
Baptist University Road Campus
The Communication and Visual Arts Building was completed in 2011. AVA studios are located on the third and fourth floor of the building, including Chinese Arts Studio, Glass Studio, Jewellery Design Studio, Installation Studio, 3D Studio, Prototyping Lab, Graphic Arts Studio, Lens-media Studio, Darkroom and Computer Labs. There is also two floors of exhibition space in the Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, located on the ground floor and first floor of the building.
Kai Tak Campus
The Kai Tak Campus is the former Royal Air Force (RAF) Officers’ Mess. The 3,500-square-metre building, with its unique early 20th century colonial architectural style, is a Grade I historic building. Its high ceilings, spacious rooms, and scenic views are conducive for creative work and for the teaching of visual arts. The renovated building is equipped with a Painting Studio, Drawing Studio, Printmaking studio, Ceramics studio, Sculpture studio, Metal Foundry, and a Gallery as well as student studio spaces.