Social Sciences Media & Communication
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique programm aims to develop students’ critical understanding of media and cultural institutions, ideologies and policies and their relationships with social and economic reality. This programme provides a grounding in the media and then visual, socio-cultural and economic content, and makes it possible for graduates to further study in media and cultural studies, creative industries, media management and advertising.
QF Level: 6
QR Registration No.: 10/000058/6
Validity Period: from 01 Sep 2010 to on-going
- Interdisciplinary focus on social sciences, media and cultural studies
- Analytical skills and research methodologies specifically for arts, media and cultural management
- Asian and international examples used for teaching and class discussion
- Suitable for local and overseas (including Mainland China) degree holdes from disciplines other than arts, media and culture
- Teachers with research and/or work experience in areas of media and culture
In recent years, there have been growing debates about the city's cultural development, ranging from media ecology, television and film industries, to performing arts and museum development, which have all become great concerns amongst the public.
This programme is structured to help students understand the inter-relations between the media, culture and society, to engage students in the critical analysis of local and global cultural issues , and to recognise the impact of the media towards society .
Programme INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
On completion of the programme, students should be able to
- critically interpret the dominant perspectives in media and cultural studies;
- make critical judgments on researches commonly used in media and cultural industries;
- critically evaluate the relationship between visual media and cultures;
- make critical judgments on media practices and institutions from socio-cultural, legal and political perspectives;
Note: Students who do not successfully complete the entire Postgraduate Diploma programme but have taken 4 modules and achieved a minimum of 30 credits can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique upon the approval of the Board of Examiners. Students who exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique would only partially achieve the above ILOs , depending on which modules they have successfully completed.
The unique research and application nature of this programme enables a variety of teaching modes to be used, including seminars, tutorials, guest lectures, professional workshops as well as guided independent study.
Depending on the nature of individual modules, students will be assessed by a combination of individual essays, research assignments, article reviews, class and/ or site visit reports, photoblogs, group projects and presentations, multimedia works and one written examination.
Students who have successfully completed all four modules will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique. The Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique is awarded within HKU system through HKU SPACE.
Students who do not successfully complete the entire Postgraduate Diploma programme but have taken 4 modules and achieved a minimum of 30 credits can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique upon the approval of the Board of Examiners. There is no direct entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Media and Cultural Critique.
Students are eligible to apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) administered by the Hong Kong Government Student Finance Office (SFO).
Additional Notes to Non-Hong Kong Resident Applicants
To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependants, who do not need prior approval before taking up full-time and part-time studies. Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies. It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements. Admission to a HKU SPACE academic programme/course does not guarantee the issue of a student visa. Applicants may wish to note that part-time courses are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes except for self-financed, part-time locally accredited taught postgraduate programmes awarded within the HKU System through HKU SPACE.
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- Students joining in the fall semester can complete the programme in 7 months.
United Centre/ Admiralty Centre/ Island East Campus*
*Upon the availability of classrooms, classes and examinations may be held in other Learning Centres.
In order to complete the programme, students are required to study four modules. Below please check the programme structure (2022/23 September & February intakes).*
Students are required to take TWO core modules
Students (2022/23 cohort) are required to take TWO of the modules below**:
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique) of this module is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).
* The above programme structure serves as a guideline to students. HKU SPACE reserves the right to modify the structure.
** Depending on the enrolment number, not all modules will be offered in the semester. Students will be notified which two modules are available before a semseter starts.
1. (a) hold a bachelor’s degree in areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, IT or Business, or equivalent, awarded by a recognised institution;
(b) (i) hold a sub-degree or higher diploma awarded by a recognised institution;
(ii) have two years of recognised professional experience;
2. obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (no band less than 6.0), or equivalent (for those graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction).
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
HK$150 (Non-refundable)Course Fee
- Course Fee : HK$39,000 per programme
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Researching Media and Culture (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique)
|COURSE CODE 37Z131395||FEES $9,750||ENQUIRY 2910-7607|
|Visualising Cultures (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique)
|COURSE CODE 37Z131409||FEES $9,750||ENQUIRY 2910-7607|
|Media and Popular Culture (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique)
|COURSE CODE 37Z131425||FEES $9,750||ENQUIRY 2910-7607|
|New Media (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique)
|COURSE CODE 37Z131417||FEES $9,750||ENQUIRY 2910-7607|
|Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique
EXEMPTION AND CREDIT TRANSFER
Graduates of Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Cultural Critique are eligible to apply for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice offered by the University of the Arts London, with an exemption of 60 credits, out of the total 180 credits. Students will only be required to complete 3 units (120 credits) in the programme for the MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice qualification. (Note: MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice is currently offered in London.)
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HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to apply to selected award-bearing programmes and to enrol in most open admission courses (courses enrolled on a first come, first served basis) via the Internet. Applicants may settle the payment by using either "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard online. Online WeChat Pay, Online AliPay and Faster Payment System (FPS) are also available for continuing enrolment in the same programme, if online service is offered.
For first time enrolment
Complete the online application form
Applicant may click the icon on the top right-hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.
Some programmes/courses may admit by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage. Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported.
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*Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.
* HKU SPACE Mastercard cardholders who wish to enjoy 10-month interest free instalment scheme must pay their tuition fees in person at any of our HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.
To know more about first-time online application/enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Application / Enrolment and Payment:
For continuing enrolment in the same programme
Selected programmes offer online continuing enrolment service. Programme staff will inform students if they offer this service and offer further enrolment details.
Online Payment can be made via "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard, Online WeChat Pay, Online AliPay and Faster Payment System (FPS)
In Person / Mail
For first time enrolment
For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
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Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
For continuing enrolment in the same programme
The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.
Please refer to available Payment Methods for fee payment information. If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres.
Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:
- Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes. Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
- Only Early Bird Discount is supported for Online Applicants (Application). To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
- During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur. Successful payment may not guarantee successful application. In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
- Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
- For online enrolment, a payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully. In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account. You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
- Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
- If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted. We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application. Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.
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1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay
Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.
2. Cheque Or Bank draft
Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:
- bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
- or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.
4. Online Payment
Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment for details.
- If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
- Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
- In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
- Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
- Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
- For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.