The Department starts to offer the one year, full-time MA in Art History (MAAH) programme. It is the first MA in Hong Kong to focus on art history. Susanna McFadden, who specializes in art and archaeology of the Greco-Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean, joins the Department as the MA Programme Coordinator. Opher Mansour and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts leave the Department. But with the new MA programme and the expansion of the Department, Susan Cooke, Peter Cobb, Angie Baecker and Sim Hinman Wan, are hired as part-time lecturers. They offer courses in ancient Mediterranean, Mediterranean/ Classical and Near Eastern archaeology, modern and contemporary Chinese art, and global Early Modern art and architecture respectively. The Department organizes a series of public lectures, namely Art and its Histories, as part of its broader dedication to promoting the importance and relevance of art history in Hong Kong. Carman Lau is hired as the administrator for the MA programme.
The Department celebrates its 40th anniversary with an alumni dinner at Loke Yew Hall in September. In light of the 40th anniversary, a group of Fine Arts alumni established the HKU Fine Arts Alumni Association (HKUFAAA). In response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University switches to online teaching. Many of the Departmental activities are either postponed or cancelled due to Covid.