Center for Creative Arts Education

HKUST is a science, technology and business-based institution, so why are we passionate about the arts?

Because students love our existing arts courses – and attendance is rising:

  • Nearly 1 in 4 undergraduates enroll in creative arts education classes, including Music and Music composition, Literature and Creative writing, and Visual Arts
  • Over 9,000 students and staff attend annual music performances
  • Nearly 2,000 students and staff attend literature and creative writing events

Nurturing a love of the arts, including music, literature and writing, and visual arts, helps to produce graduates who are well rounded, with a broad spectrum of interests, and contribute more to society.

“Let’s make creative arts a pillar of HKUST education!”

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HKUST Center for Creative Arts Education


Our goals:

  • To make creative arts education a banner feature of HKUST education
  • To integrate HKUST students, alumni and the HKUST family at large with existing arts activities and institutions
  • To brand Hong Kong as a global center of creativity in new music and creative writing
  • Link HKUST students, staff, alumni, and stakeholders with significant arts activities and institutions in Asia and across the world

The Center:

  • Creativity-based instructional undergraduate programs
  • Internationally renowned artists teaching creativity
  • Core programs in Music and Music Composition and Literature and Creative Writing
  • Undergraduate Minors in Creative Arts, Music Composition and Performance, and Literature and Creative Writing
  • Future intended postgraduate programs in music composition

The Future

  • 1 in 4 HKUST undergraduate students enrolled in creative arts courses
  • 1 in 4 creative arts students pursue a creative arts minor
  • Over 10,000 members of the HKUST community annually attend performances and events in the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat Multipurpose Auditorium, scheduled to open in 2019


Why pledge?

  • Make creative arts a vital part of the HKUST experience
  • Enrich the lives of the HKUST community
  • Build bridges with arts institutions across Asia and the rest of the world
  • Bring more internationally renowned artists and performers to HKUST and Hong Kong
  • Help Hong Kong become a global hub of creativity in new music and creative writing

How will your money be used?

To support Center special events and performers and writers-in-residence


  • 6 months – Target completion of fundraising campaign
  • 1 year – Launch CCAE; first cohort of CCAE Minor students; appoint Administrative Director

Our team

Prof Bright Sheng Division of Humanities (HUMA), HKUST, Project Leader

Prof Matthew Tommasini, HUMA, HKUST, Project Leader

Clara So, School of Humanities and Social Science (DHSS), HKUST, Art Program Coordinator

Yiyi Yu, DHSS, HKUST, Project Assistant

Nicole Tan, DHSS, HKUST, Project Assistant