Major and Minor2023-05-18T03:34:57+00:00

Programme Requirements

We teach the history and theory of art, including painting, calligraphy, sculpture, architecture, photography, conceptual art, and related visual media. Courses examine European, American, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian artistic traditions in depth. Several courses focus on specialized skills related to museum studies. Students may major or minor in Art History and will discover many fruitful combinations between art history and other disciplines inside and outside the Arts Faculty.

Major in Art History

Students who wish to major in Art History must normally complete the following requirements:

Minor in Art History

Students who wish to minor in Art History must normally complete the following requirements:

Affiliated Courses

To fulfill the requirements of the major/minor in Art History/ Fine Arts, students may also take:

  • AFRI2018 African Art(s)
  • AFRI3008 African arts in museum: Collecting and exhibiting “Africa”
  • AMER2058 Art and law in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • AMER2064 Art, Time, and New Media
  • AMER2065 Radical Artistic Practice in the Shadow of Hollywood
  • AMER2066 Art and crime
  • AMER2067 Making money: Art, culture, and economics
For detailed regulations, please consult the Arts Faculty’s B.A. syllabus.


When do I declare my major(s)/minor(s)?2020-03-09T07:20:50+00:00

You will have to declare at least one major at the beginning of the second year of study.

Can I change my major after declaring it?2020-03-09T07:23:37+00:00

Yes, you may change your declared major(s)/minor(s) during the course selection period from the third to seventh semester.

Can I take 4000-level courses if I am not an Art History major?2020-06-16T06:19:54+00:00

Yes, you can, as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements and that the course is not full, you are eligible to enroll. Nevertheless, 4000- level courses are mainly seminar classes and in order to optimize the discussion environment for students, the class size is usually kept smaller than lower level courses.

For minors to meet the requirement of completing 30 credits of 2000- and 3000-levels Art History courses, does it mean one of these 5 courses has to be of the 3000- level?2020-06-16T06:17:28+00:00

No. As long as the 30 credits are from the “2000- and 3000- level” category, you meet the requirement. In other words, all five courses could be 2000-level courses.

BA Syllabus

Credit Transfer

This Faculty Cap Policy on Credit Transfer is applicable to:

  • All HKU students admitted to the 4-year curriculum, who take any Arts major/ minor

  • Those who go on outgoing academic exchange

Up to 50% of the transferred credits to HKU can be counted towards each of the Arts major/ minor requirements. In other words, students should complete at least 50% of each of the Arts major/ minor requirements at HKU.

Max. no. of exchange credits

allowed to be transferred to HKU

Min. no. of credits

completed at HKU

Arts major 36 36 or 42
Arts minor 18 18

Transferred credits in excess of the cap as approved by the major/ minor offering Programme(s) will be counted as free elective(s) for the undergraduate degree only. It should be noted that the above policy does not affect BA students who take non-Arts major/minors. Students concerned are required to comply with regulations or policies of respective faculties.

For more details, please refer to the new application form for credit transfer available at the faculty website; or visit the faculty FAQ section online.


When I have more questions concerning credit transfer, who should I contact?2020-03-09T09:18:56+00:00

Your first contact should be the Faculty of Arts. Your question may be redirected to either the School or to the Undergraduate Coordinator.

What information should I provide the Undergraduate Coordinator to ask for a preliminary approval?2020-03-09T09:19:59+00:00

In the email that you write to the Undergraduate Coordinator, you should attach the course syllabus(es)/ detailed course outline(s), which should state the total number of contact hours (in lectures, tutorials, etc.), weekly schedule, reference list, assessment methods and credit/ unit weighting of course(s) at the host institution, etc.


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