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Certificate for Module (Law for Media and Creative Industries Practitioners)
證書 (單元 : 傳媒及創意產業工作者法律知識)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
20 Jul 2024 (Sat)
30 hours
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Deadline on 06 Jul 2024 (Sat)
2910 7613
2151 0720
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Special Announcement:

We have extended our commencement date to 20th July and the application deadline 6th July, giving interested students more time to apply. If you would like to obtain more information about the programme, please contact us to arrange a personal online or phone consultation.


The programme is designed specifically for practitioners in the media and creative industries and the objective is to enhance their understanding of the legal issues that are relevant to their day-to-day activities and business operations. To create an immersive learning experience, a lively and engaging teaching approach will be adopted to encourage students to actively contribute to discussions throughout the programme. Real-case examples are used where appropriate to give students a practical understanding of how legal concepts apply in real-world scenarios.

Students who have no prior training in law and are now working in the media and creative industries or running their own media platforms will benefit most from the programme.


QF Level

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QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 24/000100/L4

Validity Period: from 01 Feb 2024 to on-going


Programme Details

Intended Learning Outcomes 

On completion of the programme, students should be able to  

  1. explain the core legal and regulatory issues relevant to the media and creative industries; 
  2. examine basic legal matters at work (e.g. copyright clearance and anti-piracy); 
  3. recommend strategies for reducing legal risks at work; 
  4. research updated legal knowledge in relation to the media and creative industries. 



The programme will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Hong Kong Legal System and Intellectual Property Laws
  • Copyrights, Moral Rights and Performers' Rights? - What are they?
  • How to Monetize Copyrights and Performers' Rights?
  • Copyright Infringements and Exceptions 
  • Anti-piracy through Technological Measures
  • Entertainment Industry Contracts
  • Defamation and Protecting a Celebrity's Reputation and Privacy
  • Contempt of Court and Court Reporting
  • Legal Issues in the Production and Release of a film


Application Code 2235-MC041A Apply Online Now
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Days / Time
  • Saturday, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Admiralty Learning Centre
    The venue may change. The Programme Team will confirm with students 1-2 weeks before the first class commences.

Class Details

Contact Hours / Duration

Lecture (30 hours)


To complete the programme, students are required to achieve at least 70% attendance and pass all the assessments:  

Test (50%) + Group project (50%) 


A "Certificate for Module (Law for Media and Creative Industries Practitioners)" will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to those who have successfully completed the programme.

Teacher Information

Desmond S. H. Chan

Desmond S. H. Chan

LLB (Hons) (CityU,HK) PCLL (HKU) LLM in Chinese and Comparative Law (CityU, HK) LLM (Remin U, PRC) LLM in IT & Telecom Law with Distinction (U of Strathclyde, UK)
Solicitor of HKSAR (not currently in private practice)


Desmond is the Deputy General Manager (Legal and International Operations) of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), responsible for legal and regulatory matters and international business of the Hong Kong’s leading television station. He joined TVB as General Counsel in 2010 and was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2012. He was further promoted to the present position in 2016.

Desmond has had extensive experience in the entertainment industry. He worked as in-house counsel at Asia Television Limited from 1994 to 1999, and i-CABLE Communications Limited from 1999 to 2010.

He is a director of the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), a trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. 

Desmond is also an Adjunct Professor of The University of Hong Kong teaching at its Law Faculty since 2007.

His areas of interest include Entertainment Law, Broadcasting Law, Telecommunications Law, and LawTech.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,500

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall

a) have gained in the HKALE Grade E in 2 AL subjects; or

b) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in 5 subjects including English Language; or 

c) be aged 21 and above and with 3 years relevant work experience.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
COURSE CODE 39C157892 FEES $7,500 ENQUIRY 2910-7613
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Law for Media and Creative Industries Practitioners)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])


Online Application Apply Now

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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
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.
3. VISA/Mastercard

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.