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  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art is a four-year programme. Applicants can apply for admission to Senior Year.

    Senior year entry*   Programme code: BFAHPDAJS
    * Applicants will be considered for admission to different years of the study programme depending on individual academic merits and other relevant factors. Senior year entry applicants/students of this programme are NOT eligible for subsidy under SSSDP.

    This programme offers creative studies in cinematic design and photographic digital art, with a particular emphasis on the development of creativity and a personal style. Students are nurtured in an environment that opens them up to new ideas. The development of a personal artistic vision is central to the curriculum, which puts equal emphasis on the acquisition of skills. Students are provided with the essential professional and conceptual frameworks for creating their own works drawing inspiration from film, literature, videos and other art forms. The programme focuses on the mastery of traditional photographic technology and techniques under the contemporary context of digital imaging for still and moving images.

    Entry Requirement



    The programme aims to provide students with an in-depth education and training in the artistic practices of cinematography, photography and digital imaging technology. Courses in this programme cover various aspects of the aesthetics and technological development of cinematic design and photographic imaging, ranging from traditional video-based techniques to modern digital reproduction using projection and gallery prints. Some examples are communicative photography, photojournalism, cinematography and photographic design, digital darkroom and retouching techniques and expended imaging.

    Career prospects

    Opportunities are available in the following fields:

    Film and television
    Newspaper and magazine
    Public relations and advertising
    Art and design
    Online media
    Interpretative documentation — social, heritage and historical events
    Alternative video and photography production

    Further studies

    Graduates of this programme could further study in Hong Kong or overseas for postgraduate degrees in:

    Curatorial Studies
    Exhibition Design
    Imaging/Photographic/Video Design and Production
    Installation Art
    Visual Design

    Programme recognition

    Upon completion of the BFAHPDAJS degree programme, students will be eligible to apply for memberships of the following professional bodies (subject to additional requirements from individual organizations):

    The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
    Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographer (HKIPP)
    The Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA)
    Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
    The Photographic Society of Hong Kong (PSHK)
    Photographic Society of America (PSA)
    Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

    Programme structure

    Please click the hyperlink(s) below to view the programme structure:

    Senior year entry   Programme code: BFAHPDAJS

    Language of instruction

    English and Chinese

    Duration of programme

    • Senior year entry: 2 / 3 years

    Contact information
    Dr. Amic Ho (Programme Leader)
    (852) 3120 2519
    Mr Man Tin (Co-Programme Leader)
    (852) 3120 2520
    Mr Makin Fung (Co-Programme Leader)
    (852) 3120 2489
    For more details about the programme information, please refer to the programme website.

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    Student sharing

    Lewis Lau Tsz-kin
    Year 3 student (Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art)

    Lewis Lau Tsz-kin’s interest in photography started in secondary school. He learnt about the OUHK’s professional photography programme before sitting the HKDSE, and gladly included it in his list of programme choices. He was admitted, and is now in the third year of studying the above programme.

    His studies have developed his artistic sense and expanded his knowledge of photography. He said confidently, ‘I’ve made the right choice!’ For someone who dislikes a deskbound office job, flexible, creative work is the natural first choice. In pursuing a career as a professional photographer, Lewis already has plans to form a production team, before he goes after his ultimate dream of owning a studio.

    Jimmi Ho Wing Ka
    Year 3 student (Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art)

    It has only been four years since Jimmi first took up photography, but in that time he has collected several awards. Most recently, he added three prestigious international prizes to the list — winner of the ‘City and Space’ category of the Royal Observatory Greenwich 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award, first prize in the Hong Kong section of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards and second place in the ‘Cities’ category of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2016.

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