Early in the 1970s, Hong Kong Baptist University was the pioneer in the film and television education which aimed at striving for a better standard of teaching, learning and technological facilities over these decades.
In the late 1970s, based on the basic structure of the production courses, the institute stepped forward to provide the courses of cinema studies, history and aesthetics. In the mid-1980s, the University pioneered in setting up the first digital graphics laboratory in Hong Kong.
The Department of Cinema and Television was established in 1991, synergizing the theoretical and practical study, the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Communication – Cinema and Television was set up. With continuous effort in contributing to the industry, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees were established to research on the academic topics on film and television production.
In 2004 Spring, Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media (MFA) was established , which was the first MFA programme in the Greater China region.
To cope with the rapid growth of media industry in the Greater China, Hong Kong Baptist University upgraded the original department into Academy of Film in June 2009 and initiated various programmes, including Professional Programme in Film (Higher Diploma) in 2009, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Writing for Film, Television and New Media (co-organized with College of International Education of HKBU) in 2012.
Furthermore, to cope with the change of Hong Kong academic structure, the 3-year Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Communication - Cinema and Television was integrated with Media Arts courses and transformed into 4-year Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Communication - Film and Media Arts Major in 2012, moving from a specialized focus to a more holistic student-oriented approach in undergraduate education.
In 2013, it was the 10th anniversary of MFA programme; in the same year, Academy of Film established Master of Arts in Producing for Film, Television and New Media which aims to nurture management talents for the industry. Academy of Film a s a whole is basically completed.
In 2014, the Academy of Film celebrated its 5th anniversary.