Welcome to the Master of Arts in Art History!

Our new MAAH is the first MA in Hong Kong to focus on art history. It provides advanced training for students and specialists pursuing either academic study in art history or professional careers in museum, curatorial, and other art-related fields. The application for 2020/21 is available here, with applications for admission due on June 15, 2020. All teaching and learning in the MAAH is conducted in English, led by full-time teachers in the Department of Fine Arts, all of whom hold PhD degrees from leading international universities. Admission is competitive, with a maximum intake of 20 students per year.

The MAAH is a one-year, full-time programme consisting of six advanced courses and one 10,000-word dissertation. Courses span Asian and western art, from early periods to modern. All courses are taught on weekdays, distributed over two semesters. Students begin individual dissertation work in the spring semester and submit the dissertation in late July. Each dissertation is supervised by a specialist supervisor who may be a teacher in the Fine Arts department or an outside expert.

The Department of Fine Arts is located on the 10th floor of Run Run Shaw Tower, a purpose-built building on the Centennial Campus (an extension of HKU’s Main Campus, directly accessible from the MTR’s HKU station, exit C1). MAAH students have access to the department’s Resources Centre, which houses a small library (with online catalogue), a study collection of artworks, the Hong Kong Art Archive, and a developing database of Chinese painting inscriptions. Students also have access to the excellent resources of the HKU library system, to the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), and to certain services of HKU’s Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES). There is currently no dedicated study space for MA students in the Arts Faculty, but extensive and varied study spaces are available throughout the Learning Commons, located on the second and third floors of the Centennial Campus.

As a self-funded programme, the MAAH charges tuition fees of HK$160,000 for local students and HK$190,000 for non-local students. Scholarships are available for students demonstrating financial need. Admission to the MAAH makes overseas applicants eligible for a visa to study in Hong Kong. The university is not able to offer housing for MA students.

For detailed information on the MAAH, choose from the menu at the left. Regulations for all MA programmes in the Arts Faculty are available here. Visit the “Application” page at left for important notes on the application process. For questions concerning the application process and curriculum, please contact Ms Carman Lau at maah@hku.hk, telephone +852-3917-8517.