Associate of Arts in Cultural Studies

How are we influenced by culture? Culture is everywhere. Our cultural understanding benefits us in many ways. Through classroom learning, field trips, and study tours, this programme of study enriches learners’ understanding of concepts and theories in cultural studies, as well as cultural identities, preservation, and management. Graduates can continue their studies at bachelor’s level and will be able to find employment in the fields of arts and culture, publishing, marketing, advertising, media, journalism, and cultural management.



Arts and Humanities








Kowloon City / Telford Annex






2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  





Admission, entry requirements, fees and key dates

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for HKDSE 2021 only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirement

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for 2021

Tuition Fee

All Full-time Associate Degree/Higher Diploma students are required to take 63 credits in two years at HK$1,600 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK$100,800.

For Associate of Social Science in Social Work, students are required to take a total of 74 credits, with 38 credits of social work courses at HK $2,600 per credit, 21 credits of General Education at HK $1,600 per credit, and 15 credits of fieldwork placement at HK $2,500 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK $169,900.

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  •  Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000


  •  Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222


  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277


Semester A - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
E-APP applications close (main round)   15 May 2020
E-APP applications close (second round)   30 June 2020
Orientation   28 August 2020
Teaching period

31 August 2020

28 November 2020

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   13 September 2020
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   10 October 2020
Student revision period

30 November 2020

5 December 2020

Examination period

7 December 2020

19 December 2020

Semester B - 2020/2021

EventState DateEnd Date
Teaching period

11 January 2021

23 April 2021

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   24 January 2021
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   27 February 2021
Student revision period

26 April 2021

1 May 2021

Examination period

3 May 2021 

15 May 2021

Summer Semester - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
Teaching period

7 June 2021

24 July 2021

Student revision period

26 July 2021

31 July 2021

Examination period

2 August 2021

7 August 2021



Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Describe the core concepts, central ideas, and key theoretical frameworks of cultural studies;
2. Explain space, social practices, and identity from the perspective of culture;
3. Communicate effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds;
4. Examine and analyse cultural texts and products in relation to their cultural contexts;
5. Investigate problems by gathering information, carrying out basic research under guidance, and proposing solutions to address problems thoroughly both individually and as part of a team;
6. Discuss the possible relationship between cultural studies and major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, and society and organisations respectively.


  • Cultural identity
  • Cultural management and policy
  • Chinese heritage
  • Chinese arts
  • Western heritage
  • Western arts

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Programme Core
LAC15001 Introduction to Cultural Studies
LAC15102 Exploring Cultural Identity
LAC25102 Literature across Cultures
DSS22701 Cultural Management
DSS22702 Cultural Policy
Programme Electives

Select Three:








Chinese Heritage and Society 

Chinese Fiction and Film 

Studies of Chinese Arts 

Western Heritage and Society 

Western Fiction and Film 

Studies of Western Arts 

Language Skills
CGE1000 (1500) English for Academic Studies A or B
CGE2000 English Professional Communication Skills
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
General Education
CGE12301 Cultural Neighbours - China, Japan and Korea 
CGE25411 Understanding Society

An additional 2 General Education courses to be chosen as electives. 

At least one elective must by chosen from the Science and Technology domain, and at least one course chosen must be level A2.

General elective courses must be selected from all the following domains:


  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Events management
  • Research

Any enquiry relating to the AACUS programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Miss LEGER Michal Allison.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Telephone: (852) 2707 3113
Fax: (852) 2707 3114

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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