Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Arts Management, Western Art courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
1 year
Course Fee
- Information in the HKU SPACE website is the most up-to-date version.

This programme aims to enable students to make an in-depth pursuit in both academic studies (criticism and theory) and practices (applied skills) in contemporary photography. The overall background and knowledge of contemporary issues in photography will be discussed. Students are expected to deal with historical perspectives, criticism and theory in photography and to explore contemporary lens-based image-making through a curriculum in the culture, history, theory and practice of photography. Students will be trained to reflect their learning through essays and photographic project work.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  1. apply their knowledge and skills in contemporary photographic criticism and practice;
  2. critically review and evaluate items of photographic artwork; and
  3. develop their own creative style and genres of photography.


  1. 應用其所學的知識及技巧於批評及作品創作中;
  2. 批判性地審視及評估攝影作品;及
  3. ​發展其個人創意風格及攝影類型 。

This 1-year part-time face-to-face programme consists of 4 modules:

Module Title

Brief Description


History and Criticism of Photography

Topics include: History of photography; Evolution of technology which affects photographic standard; Social political contents in photographic images; From subjectivity to objectivity, new vision and new genres of photography; Digital evolution and its influence on the traditional paradigm of photography

Mr Fung Hon Kee Joseph,

Mr Chun Wai,

Ms Lam Wai Kit,

Ms Wong Wo Bik

Contemporary Issues in Photography

Topics include: The reading of photographs; The relationship of Modern Art Movements and photography; Post-modernism currents; Photography in the new millennium; Selected issues in contemporary photography

Ms Lam Wai Kit,

Ms Wong Wo Bik,

Mr Chun Wai,

Dr Edwin Lai

Paradigm of Photography

Topics include: Early photographic processes, from Daguerreotype to Dry Plate; Celluloid film in the Modern Age; Color film from 1940’s; Revolution of digital tools in the New Millennium; Overview of cameras

Mr Fung Hon Kee Joseph,

Ms Wong Wo Bik,

Mr Ko Chi Keung Alfred

Graduate Project

Students will work on self-initiated projects supplemented by workshops, seminars, tutorials and critique sessions.

Mr Fung Hon Kee Joseph,

Mr Chun Wai


Apart from lectures, students will attend field trip, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

An exhibition of graduate works, one of the non-lecture activities for module ‘Graduate Project’, will be organized at the end of the programme.

**Scholarship offered by Asia One Communications Group will be awarded to two graduates who achieved the highest and second highest cumulative GPA. Each of the scholarship recipients will be given HK$20,000.























Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7.00-10.00pm
  • Saturday, 2.00-5.00pm
Venue Tutor
  • Mr Fung Hon Kee Joseph, Master of Fine Arts(Photo), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Mr Chun Wai, Dip. National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique, Ville de Mulhouse, France
  • Ms Lam Wai Kit, Master of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ms Wong Wo Bik, Master of Fine Arts in Photography (minor in filmmaking), Tyler School of Art, Temple University, US
  • Other guest teachers
  • Applicants shall:

i) hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university;

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. A score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.


ii) have experience and knowledge in photography. 

  • Applicants are required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their photographic works.
  • Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$41,580 (per programme, 2 installments)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
History and Criticism of Photography (Module from the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography Programme)
攝影歷史及評論 (當代攝影深造文憑課程科目)
COURSE CODE 28Z08838-5 FEES $9,625 ENQUIRY 2910-7597
Contemporary Issues in Photography (Module from the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography Programme)
攝影的當代議題 (當代攝影深造文憑課程科目)
COURSE CODE 28Z08839-3 FEES $9,625 ENQUIRY 2910-7597
Paradigm of Photography (Module from the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography Programme)
攝影範例 (當代攝影深造文憑課程科目)
COURSE CODE 28Z08840-7 FEES $9,625 ENQUIRY 2910-7597
Graduate Project (Module from the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography Programme)
畢業創作 (當代攝影深造文憑課程科目)
COURSE CODE 28Z08841-5 FEES $9,625 ENQUIRY 2910-7597

Continuing Education Fund

香港大學專業進修學院的持續進修基金院校編號是 100。

Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course 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 Contemporary Photography

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

[The 2019-20 Call for Applications (CFA) for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography programme is now closed.]

Please submit your application with all the following documents through one of our enrolment counters in person or send by post to the following address:

19/F, Island East Campus
494 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
(Attn: Mr. Manni Cheung)

  1. Duly completed HKU SPACE application form (SF26);
  2. A copy of HKID Card;
  3. Copies of certificates and transcripts of academic/professional qualifications; and
  4. A crossed cheque of HK$200 made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ as application fee (non-refundable) 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.



  1. 已填妥的報名表格(SF26);
  2. 身份證副本;
  3. 學歷副本(包括證書及成績單)、相關專業資格副本;及
  4. 報名費港幣$200,如以支票形式繳付,抬頭請寫「HKU SPACE」(取錄與否,恕不退還)。


Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted 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 write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. 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, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. 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 teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. 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.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, 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. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.