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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.

The Academy awards bachelor honours degrees and master’s degrees that are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. Diploma and advanced diploma programmes are also offered in Chinese Opera, Dance and Music.

Aside from the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the institution’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2007.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts capitalises on its position within a dynamic and diverse cultural metropolis and its strong industry and community partnerships to provide students with an innovative, multidisciplinary and globally focused education.

Five Senses- HNGW Multimedia Show was the Master of Arts and Events Management student Xavier Yu's graduation project. Its concept was to let people with any physical conditions to have equal access to experience arts. Via performing, special lights and stage effect showing on the stage, consistent studying and translation of sign language, the project aimed to serve for more visually impaired the hearing disabled audience, and explored ways to overcome the VI & HI audiences to enjoy entertainment shows. The show consisted of 5 units of performers, including music writer Pam Chung, BeatBox performer INK, HK well-known guitar player Joey Tang, vocal of Hong Kong famous band Taichi Patrick Lui and Kung Fu dance group HitHut.

In the area of editing the School aims to develop the creative and technical competence of students to the professional standards. Students will learn the craft of creatively work with layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as actors’ performances to effectively create or “re-create” the film as a cohesive whole.

With the advent of digital post production, the School has equipped high quality digital facility. Editing students will be taught up-to-date digital technology. They will also learn and experience other aspects of post production crafts, such as visual effects and colour grading in order to be an all-round post production creative practitioner. Editing students will be encouraged to see themselves as partners and advisors to the director and producer capable of suggesting solutions, both creatively and technically, and creating a cohesive whole from the raw material.

The Academy’s strategic plan outlines our mission - “Cultivating 21st century performing artists: an Asian heart, a global view”. It also celebrates our most unique attribute - our location in Hong Kong - which provides a very rich learning environment for our students with an emphasis on Chinese and Western cultures. Interdisciplinary learning is another unique attribute of the Academy. Under one roof are housed six performing arts disciplines – Chinese opera, dance, drama, film and television, music, and theatre and entertainment arts – providing students with many opportunities to learn from their peers and from other disciplines to enrich their learning experience.

Our students and alumni are passionate about the performing arts, and are supported by faculty who are amongst the most distinguished performing artists in the region. Every year the Academy presents more than 300 public concerts and performances to showcase its versatility and talent. Over the past 31 years the Academy has trained over 7,600 performing artists who have contributed significantly to enriching and reshaping the cultural landscape of Hong Kong.

Equally important is the Academy’s strong focus on connecting with its community through a network of educational outreach programmes. They include our junior programmes in music and dance, our community engagement programmes for primary and secondary students, and a wide range of performing arts courses provided by EXCEL, the continuing education arm of the Academy. All these programmes have touched and enriched the lives of thousands of people of Hong Kong over many years. We invite you to learn more about the Academy by visiting our campus and attending concerts and performances by our alumni, faculty and students. You are also welcome to stay connected with us on Facebook and by exploring this website. We are sure that you will be impressed by the dynamism, creativity and artistic excellence of the Academy community.

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