Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual ArtsCurriculum

Major Required Courses / 33 units
Major Elective Courses / 51 units
Core Requirements / 26 units
University English

Course code: University English
6 Units

These courses aim to develop students’ general proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and foster appropriate communicative strategies and greater effectiveness in the use of English in academic, professional, and social settings.

After completing these two courses, students should be able to:

1.     Identify and evaluate the main ideas in English texts in a range of genres;

2.     Comprehend English that is spoken in standard international accents in a variety of genres;

3.     Write English essays of an academic, expository or argumentative nature, expounding a theme or topic in a logical and coherent manner, with good grammar and choice of vocabulary;

4.     Participate in oral discussions and presentations in English in a coherent and effective manner;

5.     Improve their English proficiency independently using self-access multimedia resources.

For details, please visit the website of General Education Office

University Chinese

Course code: University Chinese
3 Units

The course aims to enhance students’ competence and interest in reading, writing, speaking and Chinese language knowledge, and to foster the linguistic proficiency and communication skills that are essential to their study and future careers.

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the main ideas in Chinese texts in a variety of genres;
  2. Write Chinese essays of an academic, expository or argumentative nature, expounding a theme or topic in a logical and coherent manner, with correct grammar and appropriate choice of vocabulary;
  3. Speak and debate in public with effective techniques and confidence;
  4. Clearly describe the cultural content of Chinese language through concrete analyses of Chinese characters and idioms;
  5. Improve their Chinese proficiency independently using self-access multimedia resources.

For details, please visit the website of General Education Office

Public Speaking

Course code: Public Speaking
3 Units

The course aims to develop students’ public speaking skills in English and Putonghua for the purpose of effectively expressing their points of view in a variety of settings.

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a grasp of key concepts, principles, and theories underlying effective communication;
  2. Conduct audience analysis to prepare speeches for intended audiences;
  3. Draw upon a variety of sources to enrich their oral presentations;
  4. Apply principles of effective communication to the preparation and delivery of presentations;
  5. Analyze and evaluate presentations produced by themselves and others.

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Information Management Technology

Course code: Information Management Technology
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to enhance students’ ability (1) to keep track of the latest developments in information technologies and (2) to use modern technologies to access, organize, store, manipulate, interpret and present information, and thus to empower them to be more ready for problem solving and creative applications in their respective disciplines using computer-aided means.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the important principles, new opportunities and challenges behind the latest development of information technologies;
  2. Use appropriate IT tools to manage numerical, textual, and multimedia information for problem-solving and creative applications;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to pursue independent information acquisition using electronic means;
  4. Manipulate quantitative data to find meaningful patterns using electronic means;
  5. Create charts and reports of different types for summarizing quantitative data.

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Numeracy

Course code: Numeracy
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to strengthen students’ mathematical proficiency in order to enhance their ability to identify, model, and solve everyday problems mathematically. These courses will also improve students’ ability to reason and relate relevant phenomena in our society, and to understand and acquire new mathematical skills whenever necessary.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Manipulate the tools of mathematics for exploring quantitative relationships;
  2. Demonstrate a broad numerical awareness;
  3. Apply mathematical reasoning to identify, model and solve relevant problems in our society;
  4. Understand and explain the interrelationships between everyday phenomena and mathematics.

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Physical Education

Course code: Physical Education
2 Units

Courses in this category aim to help students acquire the fundamental knowledge and motor skills of selected sports, as well as understand the principles of an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, they will learn how to apply these principles to their own lives.

After completing two courses in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the rules and safety knowledge of at least one individual and/or team sport;
  2. Participate in at least one individual and/or team sport at a social level;
  3. Apply sports science knowledge to learning sports and to developing an active and healthy lifestyle;
  4. Develop a sense of sportsmanship, fair play, and team work.

For details, please visit the website of General Education Office

History and Civilization

Course code: History and Civilization
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to enhance students’ critical thinking ability when using a historical perspective to understand the past and present in academic, professional, and social/political situations.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Identify major trends and historical periods and figures in civilization in order to relate past events to present issues;
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the uses and limitations of different historical evidence;
  3. Use appropriate tools and resources to conduct an inquiry into a current issue from a historical/cultural perspective;
  4. Evaluate their own historical tradition and heritage.

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Values and the Meaning of Life

Course code: Values and the Meaning of Life
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to engage students in reflection on moral beliefs and practices, through inquiry into questions of ethics and morality as presented in one or more philosophical and/or religious traditions. These courses will help students to identify, understand and reflect on ethical issues, and to articulate, assess and defend moral judgments in an informed and thoughtful way.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories behind ethical issues in one or more philosophical and/or religious traditions;
  2. Reason and argue about moral beliefs and practices, by questioning and evaluating the reasons for and against adopting particular moral concepts, theories and practices;
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to concrete dilemmas of the sort they are likely to encounter in real life;
  4. Explain their personal values and beliefs, and appreciate value systems different from their own.

For details, please visit the website of General Education Office

Distribution Requirements / 12 Units
Arts

Course code: Arts
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to foster an appreciation of the height and depth of human achievement through its literature, language, performance, culture and thought. Courses will stress critical thinking skills, creativity, and the reflection on the role of the Arts and Humanities in society.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the critical elements and principles that define one or more of fields of inquiry in the Arts and Humanities;
  2. Evidence a broader understanding of the place of the Arts and Humanities in human history and experience;
  3. Demonstrate a sensitivity to the importance of the Arts and Humanities in enhancing whole person education;
  4. Analyze one or more major works/art forms, or utilize sets of skills in the Arts and Humanities.

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Business

Course code: Business
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to enhance students’ understanding of the role of business and management principles in shaping contemporary human experience.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Explain key principles underlying business and management decisions;
  2. Apply business and management concepts and/or economic principles in analyzing business issues;
  3. Evaluate business, management, or economic activities using the principles learned in the course.

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Science/ Chinese Medicine

Course code: Science/Chinese Medicine
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to instill students with a solid understanding of the basic principles and concepts of science or medicine with the focus of Chinese medicine and their relevance to daily life. Designed for non-science majors, they also feature many of the major concepts/theories of science or Chinese medicine, presented in a way that will encourage students to appreciate their significance. Class lectures will be supplemented with demonstration, observation and/or experimentation so that students will learn to think critically and to develop a questioning mind.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Use real-life and contemporary examples to explain fundamental concepts/theories in science or Chinese medicine;
  2. Apply critical and independent thinking to solving scientific/health-related problems;
  3. Explain the significance of science or Chinese medicine in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and/or preserving the environment;
  4. Understand the implications of scientific advancements on the quality of life.

For details, please visit the website of General Education Office

Social Sciences

Course code: Social Sciences
3 Units

Courses in this category aim to enhance students’ comprehension of the contribution of social science approaches to understanding human behavior and events, and social and cultural life. Courses will address at least one of the following key social science areas: identity and citizenship; community; social environment; human, physical and social development; education, the individual and society; fairness and social justice; cultural heritage; public policy; spatial patterns and processes.

After completing a course in this category, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of social science approaches to the study of human activity;
  2. Explain key social science concepts in relation to one of the above areas;
  3. Use evidence-based social science approaches to evaluate an event in everyday life;
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to be a responsible citizen with a sense of ethics and civility.

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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Arts programme is a professional degree that focuses on intensive practice-led work in the visual arts supported by a programme in General Education. It emphasises creativity, versatility, and intelligent articulation, thus enabling its graduates to enter professional, studio-based careers in such fields as studio arts, design, and/or craft after earning the degree.

The programme consists of a set of required courses and a number of elective courses to be taken from two concentrations: Studio and Media Arts and Craft and Design. It provides students with solid foundations in their personal choice of areas including drawing, painting, Chinese arts, media arts, graphic arts, sculpture, glass, ceramics, object design, experience design, and is supported by required courses in art history and theory, visual and material culture.

The underlying philosophy of the programme is rooted in the idea of the ever-shifting climate of creative production in the context of society. Studio teaching is conducted through a combination of workshops, and individual and group tutorials, and is founded on the belief that art and design practice is fundamentally a social phenomenon. The aim of the staff and students is to participate in social interaction and discussion through visual arts.

The programme is offered in two distinct modes: in the ‘professional mode’ as an undergraduate degree programme that enables graduates to enter professional careers in such fields as design, fine arts, and/or craft; or in ‘liberal arts mode’, which may or may not prepare them for careers as visual arts professionals, as career preparation is not a primary objective of liberal arts education.

The structure of the curriculum in Professional Mode is as follows:

I) Major Courses 75 units
II) Honours Project 9 units
III) General Education 38 units
IV) Free Electives 6 units
128 units

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