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Creative Writing and Film Arts (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
The Creative Writing and Film Arts (Honours) programme of the Open University of Hong Kong is a programme focusing on training creative talents for Hong Kong’s cultural industries, especially in filmmaking, advertising, creative writing and publishing. Students will learn various aspects of the creative industries and related practices.
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General Description of the Programme

This is a 4-year programme offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences in the face-to-face teaching mode. The Creative Writing and Film Arts (Honours) programme of the Open University of Hong Kong provides students with an in-depth education and professional training in Creative Writing and Film Arts. Students will be assessed continuously on the quality of assignments, projects, essays, presentations and/or examinations. Programme facilities include film/TV production studios, film editing labs, computer graphics labs, arts studios and sound studios.

Graduates of the programme will be fully equipped to work in a range of jobs in the media and creative industries, such as script writer, director, cinematographer, editor, reporter, copywriter, film critic, novelist and multimedia writer. They can also further their studies in the area of film studies, film making, literature, media and cultural studies, or other related subjects.

Aims and Objectives

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Master the skills in novel writing, screen writing and film criticism;
  • Produce critiques on creative writings of different genres;
  • Put into practice the knowledge learned in the history, theory and aesthetics of world cinema; and
  • Master the techniques and skills in film and video production.

Career Prospects

With a BA (Hons) Degree in Creative Writing and Film Arts, students are well suited for a wide range of careers in the creative media industries such as advertising design, film production, publishing, mass media, teaching, office work and management.

Further Studies

Opportunities for postgraduate studies in film studies,  film production, literature, design, media, or related fields such as performance studies and communication,  are available in Hong Kong and abroad. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Film Art 
  • Writing
  • Genres of Drama
  • World Cinema
  • Media Production Skills
  • Art and Culture of Chinese-language Cinemas

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) qualifications are required to obtain Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, as well as Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and an elective subject3 (or equivalent).
  • Applicants with local academic qualifications other than HKDSE are required to:
  • Complete Year 1 study of a recognized Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programme; or
  • Obtain Grade E or above in AS Chinese Language & Culture4 and Use of English, and 2 AL / 1 AL plus 2 AS / 4 AS subjects in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (or equivalent).
  • Applicants with non-local academic qualifications are required to obtain:
  • Grade E or above in 2 AL / 1AL plus 2 AS subjects5 in the General Certificate of Education AL / International AL; or
  • An overall minimum score of 24 in the International Baccalaureate Diploma; or  
  • Other equivalent overseas academic qualifications (as determined by the University).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11271 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11271 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    8671 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8671 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • National: 67,200 HKD per year
  • International: 87,360 per year

Living costs for Hong Kong

  • 13720 - 23420 HKD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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