Special Office Hours

Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus and class suspension, the Department Office and Resource Center are operating on special office hours until further notice.

Monday to Friday: 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm.

Close on public and university holidays.


This American Studies elective course, Art and Law in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, is now open for enrollment.

Despite its AMER course code, its 6 credits can contribute to the Fine Arts programme requirements. To read more about the course, click here.

MA in Art History 2020-2021 is now OPEN for application

Our MA in Art History programme 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.

To apply, please click here.

For details, please click here.

Application deadline: 5 Mar 2020

Department Office & Resource Centre

The Department general office and resource centre have been re-opened since Wednesday 20th November 2019, and our office hours remain the same as before:

Monday to Friday
9am – 1pm, 2pm- 5:30pm

Please note that the University’s access control measure is still in effect. Staff and students are advised to carry valid UID cards for entry onto campus and at all times while on University premises.

Cancellation of Prof. Mark Ledbury’s seminar

Due to unexpected situation this seminar will be cancelled.

Career Opportunities: Program Assistant

The Department of Fine Arts has opened a new 12-month full-time position of Program Assistant. This person will provide administrative support for our new MA program (working with our new MA coordinator) while also supporting work in our Resource Centre (working with Grace Wong). Please refer to the job ad for details. The application deadline is August 1.

Asian Art Essay Competition 2018-2019

This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

28 June 2019
(Final year students)
23 September 2019
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here

Career Opportunities: Part-time Instructor in Art History/ Studio Art

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong invites applications for part time teachers. We are seeking teachers to offer courses in Art History or Studio Art during the academic year 2019-2020, specialty open. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Art History (or ABD status) or MFA, as relevant. Candidates should also have proven experience teaching in higher education. The salary per course is approximately $80,000 (including MPF as appropriate).
To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter detailing your teaching experience, and contact information for two references familiar with your teaching. Applications should be sent to finearts@hku.hk. Questions may be directed to the Chair, Dr. Roslyn Hammers at rhammers@hku.hk. Review of applications will begin on May 10 and continue until positions are filled.

New Publication by David Clarke

Congratulations to our Honorary Professor David Clarke, whose latest publication entitled China—Art—Modernity: A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day has just come out and is now available at Hong Kong University Press, as well as Amazon and Book Depository. Along with his earlier well-received publications, Hong Kong Art: Culture and Decolonization (2001), Water and Art (2010), and Chinese Art and its Encounter with the World (2011), this volume is another valuable one to add to his oeuvre, to the field of Chinese art history, and to our collection!

Asian Art Essay Prize 2017-2018

The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the committee for the Asian Art Essay Prize, consisting of Dr. Koon, Dr. Wyma and Dr. Hammers, has selected the essay “A New Perspective in Reviewing the Modern Woodcut Movement” by Melanie Chung as the winner. We appreciate the sophisticated analysis Ms. Chung brought to bear on her research of the history of the modern woodcut movement in twentieth-century China. Ms. Chung explores the scholarship on the history of the Chinese modern woodcut movement and evaluates claims that these artists with their print medium were aware of and engaged with international avant-garde art practices.  The essay is available here.

Honourable Mentions goes to Mr. Jeffery Lin Chi Ho for his essay on “Understanding viewer reception from material science: a study of Toyohara Chikanobu’s Reflection of the Period series prints.” His essay offers an innovative focus on the material aspects of this Japanese artist’s Meiji-era woodblock prints.

Congratulations to both of these Fine Arts students who curiously both wrote on the print media!

We would like to thank all students who entered the Asian Art Essay Prize competition and sincerely hope all enjoyed further developing their ideas in the submitted essays. We are very pleased that students take this opportunity to improve their skills in writing essay in Asian art history.

The Asian Art Essay Prize Competition is generously funded by the HKU Museum Society.