Background & Vision


The Academy of Film is dedicated to the provision of cinematic-arts and creative media education to cultivate talented professionals capable of contributing to Hong Kong’s arts and cultural industries. For the last four decades, it has been the chief provider of cinema, television and media education in Hong Kong. It is currently Hong Kong’s flagship film school in terms of its size, breadth of programmes, distinguished alumni and strong industry connections.

As early as the 1970s, the Hong Kong Baptist University offered Hong Kong’s first film- and video-production course, as well as classes in cinema studies to develop students’ critical, historical and aesthetic acumen. In 1991, the Department of Cinema and Television was formally established. To keep pace with the rapid development of the media industry in the Greater China region, the Department was upgraded and renamed the Academy of Film in 2009. The establishment of the Academy received substantial support from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the Hong Kong Film Development Council and the Hong Kong film industry.

The Academy currently offers four full-time programmes to over 700 students at higher diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels including:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Bachelor of Communication (Honours) – Film Major (with two concentrations)
    • Animation and Media Arts
    • Film and Television
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media
  • Higher Diploma in Creative Film Production (with five specializations)
    • Directing
    • Script Writing
    • Acting Techniques
    • Cinematography and Lighting
    • Editing and Sound Mixing

The Academy has a strong teaching and research team comprised of more than fifty teaching staff. The expertise of our faculty includes the following areas: film and media studies, film and television production, script writing, post-production, digital animation and media arts.

Besides its first-rate curriculum, the Academy has a strong research profile. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise conducted by Hong Kong University Grants Council, the Academy was ranked highly by the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel.

Over the years, the Academy of Film has established extensive connections with the film industry and attracted first class professionals to serve as advisors. The Academy is also proud of having a list of alumni who are distinguished players in the industry.


In line with the University’s mission to provide ‘whole-person’ education, the Academy strives to broaden students’ academic vision and equip them with thorough professional knowledge. Our curriculum offers broad training in both practical and theoretical dimensions of film and media studies, script writing, film and television production, animation, post-production and digital media. The expertise of its teaching staff in film and television production and creative technology helps the Academy to cultivate new talent to contribute to the rapidly growing creative industries in the Greater China region. We intend the Academy to become the top film school in Asia.