Research Postgraduate Programme (PhD)


Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts

(Three Year Full-time)



The Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts is based on identifying, understanding and developing creative practice as a specialized field of knowledge production. It is particularly focused on practice-led research strategies and methodologies in the visual arts with the intention of supporting the development of the individual artist’s creative works and research. The programme is studio-based, enabling the production of new bodies of work within a programme of tutorials, seminars, and lectures that requires research candidates to evaluate and reflect on a range of conceptual, philosophical, material and theoretical frameworks, and demonstrate their understanding of contemporary critical thinking and visual art practice.



Full-time residency requirement: 36 months

Degree requirements: a combination of coursework and independent practice-led creative research. Students should successfully complete a minimum of 15 units of coursework (including three units of mandatory common core courses) as laid down by the programme and achieve a minimum GPA score of 2.67. Students are required to complete an approved program of supervised practice-led research, present the findings of their research in a thesis and practical work, and pass the oral defense of the written thesis and practical work.


Programme Tuition Fee

Tuition: HK$42,100 per year


1. HKBU Postgraduate Studentship

Students will be provided with studentship of HK$15,700 (approx. US$2,000) per month.

2. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Students will be provided with studentship of HK$20,000 (approx. US$2,600) per month.

HK$42,100 (approx. US$5,400) first year tuition waiver and HK$84,200(approx. US$10,800) scholarship to cover the tuition fee for the 2nd and 3rd year of study.

More details about HKPFS:

Other Finance Support

Students receiving the scholarship will be provided HK$15,000 (approx. US$1,900) to cover research related general expenses for the entire study period.


Research Expertise

Image: Body Aesthetics and Performance Art, Chinese Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Design, Folk Art and Culture, Hong Kong Art, Interactive Media, Time-based Media, Theories of Material Culture, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Public Art and Community, and Visual Culture Studies.


Admission Requirements

1. Applicants should possess a Master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or any other qualification deemed by Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose.

2. TOEFL (iBT79) or IELTS 6.5 for students graduated from non-English speaking institutions

3. Supporting documents required by Graduate School

4. Résumé

5. Letters of recommendation

6. Examples of artwork

7. Research Proposal

(The requirement of research proposal:10 pages including summary of the research topic, research questions, an initial statement of the relationship between written and practical/visual research and research methods.)



Application forms are available at: Office of Graduate School AAB 904, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus Hong Kong Baptist University Kowloon Tong Hong Kong

On-line application:   


Application Deadline

1. HKBU Postgraduate Studentship
Applications are accepted year-round and should be sent directly to the Graduate School. Short-listed applicants may be invited to attend an interview in October (for January 2018 intake, deadline of application: 15 September 2017).

2. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Deadline: 1 December 2017



a) Applicants for admission to HKBU’s PhD programmes via HKPFS will concurrently be considered for all other research postgraduate programmes at HKBU.

b) Information on admissions procedures, regulations, and financial support can be obtained from the Graduate School