Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Creative Industries 創意產業音樂學士 (榮譽)
2020 - 2021 Admission

Programme Code: JS2050

Duration: 4-year Full-time

Medium of Instruction: English, except for those courses that are granted exemption
The Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Creative Industries programmeme provides comprehensive training to aspiring composers, vocalists, and instrumentalists for careers in the creative and entertainment industries, and plenty of opportunities to hone their skills in music technology, composition, performance, production, and entrepreneurship. It offers a new career pathway for students with the following two concentrations:
  1. Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games
  2. Popular Music Performance and Songwriting

Students in the Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games Concentration will develop musical skills and knowledge to function as composers, orchestrators, music supervisors, music editors, conductors, and music producers in the film, television, recording, and video game industry. Students in the Popular Music Performance and Songwriting Concentration will develop capabilities that will enable them to enter the music industry as performer-songwriters, lyricists, instrumental and/or vocal performers, arrangers, and music producers.

About the Programme


  • Provide a rigorous, progressive and relevant curriculum that develops musical knowledge and skills in media music

  • Train students to be professionally competent for the creative and entertainment industries

  • Enable each student to a high level of musical proficiency and achievement in the areas of popular music and composition for screen

  • Deliver a strong tertiary programmeme to enhance students’ creative, intellectual, and performance abilities necessary for a variety of careers in music

  • Nurture creative talents in a liberal arts education setting


After successful completion of the B.Mus (Honours) in Creative Industries, students should be able to:

  • Synthesize and apply knowledge in creativity to of various fields in media music for creative industries

  • Demonstrate versatile skill sets by evaluating professional requirements in musical multimedia environments

  • Produce professional level portfolios at levels and standards expected in creative industries

  • Display a critical sense of cultural understanding by reflecting on of creative practice in a wider social-economic context

  • Demonstrate capacities for by assessing their professional competence and proficiency suitable for careers in various creative industries

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programmeme will be prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in the creative and entertainment industries, functioning as film and video games composers, songwriters, popular music performers, and music producers.

Programme Structure

Curriculum Structure and Total Number of Units for Graduation (4-year programmeme):

Major Required Courses

75 units

Major Core Courses

26 units

Honours Project

6 units

Concentration Core Courses

28 units

Major Electives

15 units

General Education Courses

31 units

Core Requirements

13 units

Distribution Requirements

18 units

Free Electives

22 units


128 units

Major Core Courses (32 Units)

Course Code (MUSI) & Course Title

Total Units


Musicianship I, II

2 (1 unit each)


Music Theory I, II

6 (3 units each)


Western Music



Exploring Musical Cultures Worldwide



Music Technology for Media



Music and Media



Special Topics in Music I, II

4 (2 units each)


Ensemble I, II

2 (1 unit each)


Honours Project I, II (3 units each)

6 (3 units each)

Concentration Courses (28 units)

* Courses indicated with [Sem1/ 2] refers to the respective semester in Academic Year 2019-20

Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games Concentration

Course Title & Course Code (MUSI)


Contextual Studies

Introduction to Film Music [Sem 2]



Skill Development

Composition for Screen I [Sem 1], II [Sem 2], III, IV


8 (2 units each)

Applied Orchestration for Screen



Techniques of Sound Design




Scoring Seminar I – IV


8 (2 units each)

Collaborative Screen Project



Popular Music Performance and Songwriting Concentration

Course Title & Course Code (MUSI)


Contextual Studies

Introduction to Music Business and Music Marketing



Introduction to Anglophone Popular Music [Sem 2]



Skill Development

Songwriting I, II


4 (2 units each)

Arranging for Songwriters



Instrumental / Vocal Techniques for Songwriters I [Sem 1], II [Sem 2], III, IV


4 (1 unit each)


Live Performance Workshop I – IV


8 (2 units each)

Production Seminar for Songwriters I, II


4 (2 units each)

Honours Project

The Honours Project constitutes an integral part of the B.Mus (Hons) in Creative Industries programmeme. It enables students to complete a piece of significant, independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. The objective of the honours project is to guide the student in the development of creative or performance processes and to foster in the student initiatives to appreciate, analysis , and interpret a critical learning concept in a coherent academic product. Projects may include, but are not limited to a composition or portfolio of compositions or media projects; a significant performance; a lecture-recital; or a written paper documenting case studies, analysis, surveys, or other projects approved by the Department.

General Admission Requirements and Departmental Entry Requirements

University Requirements
For Hong Kong students taking HKDSE for admission via JUPAS in 2020, the General Entrance Requirements are:

HKDSE Core Subject(s)

Minimum Level

Chinese Language


English Language


Liberal Studies


Mathematics Compulsory Part


Elective Subject(s)*

Minimum Level

Any 2 Subjects


*This programmeme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as unspecified elective subject.

Departmental Requirements
All applicants must have a good result in Grade 8 ABRSM practical or its equivalent (especially for Chinese Instruments) and at least Grade 5 in ABRSM Theory (or its equivalent), and/or show evidence of distinction in music.

Applicants are required to identify the concentration they wish to apply for, concentration change during the application process and after the admission can only be made with proper justification. In addition to the general admission requirements by the University and the Department, applicants are required to submit a portfolio and to attend an interview/audition for the respective concentration. The applicant's ability will be assessed by both the interview/audition, and portfolio.

Scoring for Film, Television and Video Game Concentration
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio containing the following items:

  1. A 1-minute self-introduction video
  2. Short video(s) of instrumental performance of existing music
  3. Audio recordings of the applicant’s original composition(s) relevant to the concentration
  4. Music Score(s) of the above original composition(s) (if applicable)
Popular Music Performance and Songwriting Concentration
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio containing the following items:

  1. A 1-minute self-introduction video
  2. Short video(s) of instrumental and singing performance of existing music
  3. Audio/video recordings of the applicant’s original composition(s) or arrangements/covers of existing music performed by the applicant or other musicians.
  4. Music Score(s) of the above original composition(s) (if applicable)

*Applicants will be notified of the portfolio submission platform at a later stage.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to sit for an audition/interview, for which they should prepare the following:

  1. An 8-minute audition on their major instrument or voice, consisting of i) 1 piece of classical music, and ii) 1 piece of popular/contemporary music (preferably an original music composed by the applicant)
  1. A 7-minute interview

Important Notice:
Please note that the B.Mus(Hons.) in Creative Industries is NOT a part of broad-based admissions to the Faculty of Arts. Students who wish to study the BM(Hons.) in Creative Industries will continue to apply directly via JUPAS or non-JUPAS channels for admission to the degree programme in Year 1. It is not possible for students admitted through broad-based admissions to choose the B.Mus (Hons.) in creative industries at the end of Year 1.

For further information, please contact the Department of Music or the HKBU Academic Registry.

How to Apply

1. The Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) is designed to assist students with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results and is the main application route for admission. JUPAS applicants should submit their application via JUPAS website.

2. Local and non-local applicants with post-secondary education background may apply for admission to our full-time government-funded undergraduate programmes through the Direct (Non-JUPAS) Admissions Scheme. They include:

• Current students or graduates of a full-time Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma programme at an institution in or outside Hong Kong
• Transfer students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree programmes at a local or non-local university
• Holders of a Bachelor’s/ Postgraduate Degree

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate degree programmemes for the 2019-20 academic year are HK$42,100 for local students and HK$120,000 for non-local students per annum respectively.

Financial Assistance

Full-time local students may apply for the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) administered by the Student Finance Office (SFO) under the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA), HKSAR Government. For more information, students should contact the SFO or visit its website at

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