Prospective Students

Fine Arts Course

FINE2090   /    FINE2075

Non HKU students application deadline: 31 March 2019 (Non-local students)

                                                                     31 May 2019 (Local students)

*For HKU students, please follow the summer semester add/drop period. 

Credit bearing courses with the ARTS prefix are for exchange and visiting students only, while History courses, Philosophy courses, Music courses, Fine arts courses, Linguistics courses and courses with the GCIN prefix are for all undergraduate students, including eligible HKU students. Fee exemption/reduction applies for HKU students and students under formal HKU exchange agreements. 

Please, note that no add/drop will be permitted after the commencement of the summer courses.


FINE2090 Blockbusters, Bonanzas, and Biennales: Contemporary Arts in the Global Age (6 credits)

This course examines the global circuits of contemporary art from 1980 to the present through a consideration of various biennales, triennials, and global art fairs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The class begins by investigating two landmark exhibitions - Primitivism in 20th Century Art (New York, 1985) and Magiciens de la Terre  (Paris, 1989) - in order to explore the perception and presentation of so-called “non-western art” and to broadly historicize present-day “global” art practice.  Topics will include the reappraisal of the western/non-western division, the importance of artistic identity, and the promotion of art as cultural ambassador.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students from HKU and overseas universities 

Period of Teaching: July 15 – July 26, 2019 (two weeks); Mon to Fri, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Programme Fee: HKD14,000

Course Description: please click here


FINE2075 Collecting and Display in early modern Europe 1500–1850  (6 credits)

The practices of collecting, display and classification are integral to the value and meaning of almost everything we term ‘art.’ This course examines the emergence of strategies of collecting and display, as they developed in the West from c. 1500 to the mid-nineteenth century. Drawing on examples from Italy, France, Britain, Germany and the early years of the American republic, it will explore the history of a broad range of modes of collecting, including antiquarianism, connoisseurship, and the rise of the public art museum. We will look at the ways in which Renaissance princes, Enlightenment connoisseurs and nineteenth-century industrialists acquired and organized their collections. Through the study of institutions including the Louvre, the British Museum, the National Gallery, London, among others, the museum will be examined in its social contexts, and in relation to other culturally important institutions, including the art market, the academy, the court, and the nation-state. The summer-term version of this course will involve visits to local institutions in Hong Kong, to study the ongoing effects of these historical practices on contemporary museology.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students from HKU and overseas universities 

Period of Teaching: June 24 – July 5, 2019 (two weeks); Mon to Fri, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Programme Fee: HKD14,000