Established by Government Ordinance in 1984, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a leading Tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia.
It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses the following:
- Chinese Opera
- Film and Television
- 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 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.
HKAPA School of Music
The School of Music provides comprehensive and performance-focused training for students to become professional performers, composers and teachers of music. Hong Kong has seen a rapid and continued expansion of the performing arts scene in recent years, with a corresponding increase in job opportunities. The School of Music offers an ideal training environment which prepares its students for the demands likely to be placed on them when they enter the music profession.
Courses in Chinese and western music run side-by-side. Students may choose to major in a Chinese instrument, a western instrument, voice, or composition and electronic music.
Major Study Areas
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani and Orchestral Percussion, Piano, Voice
Gaohu, Banhu, Erhu, Zhonghu*, Gehu (Cello)*, Bass Gehu (Double Bass)*, Yangqin, Liuqin, Pipa, Ruan, Sanxian*, Guzheng, Guqin, Dizi, Suona, Guan*, Sheng, Chinese Percussion, Conducting for Chinese Orchestra**
* Only available for undergraduate and post-secondary programmes
** Only available for master’s degree programmes
Composition and Electronic Music
HKAPA EXCEL runs continuing education programmes in performing arts, uses performing arts components as tools to provide corporate training, and organises performance-based productions for custom-made clients.
The concept of life-long learning is a world-wide phenomenon, and has been given impetus by the HKSAR Government. Established in 2001, HKAPA EXCEL, the continuing education arm of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is proud to be making its contribution within the sphere of the performing arts, related technical arts, and film and television.
Partnering with and on behalf of the Academy, EXCEL aspires to be a platform to promote creativity in performing arts, and enhance arts literacy, interest and appreciation through offering high quality life-long learning performing arts education programmes, as well as custom-made professional training for corporate and government clients, and the production of corporate events that require performing arts expressions.
Since 2006, EXCEL has been innovatively using drama techniques to help corporations with staff training and development.
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