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BA Programme YEAR 1

BA Curriculum (3 year)
+ Year 1 (60 credits)
- 1st Year prerequisites
+ Years 2 & 3 (120 credits)
- Majors/Minors
+ Direct Entry
Year 2
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The first year is a "year of exploration" designed to allow you to explore the breadth of the Arts curriculum in a combination of courses, consisting of the components shown below:

Requirements Total Credits
  1. Arts Distribution Requirement:
    You are required to take a total of 18 credits from at least two different Arts programmes* (either 6 credits each from three different programmes or 12 from one programme and 6 from another)
  1. 2 Common Core courses from 2 different Areas of Inquiry (AoI) (click here for details)
  1. Academic English for Arts Students (click here for details)
  1. Remaining courses:
    You may take the remaining credits in Arts or non-Arts courses to make up 60 credits in Year 1.
Credits: 60

*Programme means major/ minor. Please refer to their first-year pre-requisites when you plan for course selection.

You may take any first-year courses but students admitted in 2011-12 or before cannot take more than 30 credits from any one programme for the whole year.

The normal study load is 30 credits in each semester and you can take up to 36 credits. The maximum number of credits to be taken in one academic year (including the summer semester) is 72 credits.


In order to progress from Year 1 to Year 2, you will have to:

  1. complete successfully 36 or more credits in two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester); and
  2. achieve an average Semester GPA of 1.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters.

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