Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education (2014-2017)

Class discussion
(Planning & Reflection / Evaluation)
Drama performance
Drama performance
Drama performance

Programme Overview

Programme Code : AE301

Programme Objectives

The Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education (PDATDE) programme aims at providing teachers, social workers, theatre artists and other people interested in the educational and transformative role of drama with knowledge and skills in applied theatre and drama education. It addresses concerns in the local educational, community and theatre scenes, equipping students with practical and conceptual understanding of the artistry and pedagogy of drama in a wide range of contexts. The specialized training received by students will enable them to develop, implement and evaluate their own applied theatre and drama education programmes within workplace and beyond.

Programme Features

  • Emphasis on the importance of “think global and act local” for a broad understanding of international issues and debates while addressing concerns specific to the Hong Kong context.
  • Taught by professionals who are well-versed in the understanding of the local scene, possessing strong academic qualifications, profound teaching experiences in diverse contexts, and wide international exposures and recognition.
  • Focused on conceptual development, artistic & professional skills and self reflection for students to gain a range of research and conceptual skills for development of ideas, and to apply knowledge and skills to their workplace and beyond.
  • Opportunities for exposure to drama activities via a variety of supporting programmes and projects offered by the School and Hong Kong Arts Centre.
  • Small class teaching to maximize participation and cater for individual learning needs.

Programme Philosophy

The PDATDE programme is vocational in nature. It is designed, from a practical standpoint, to complement (but not to substitute) similar academic programmes that are being offered at other institutions.

Drama learning is experiential in nature and the PDATDE programme is designed in such a way that students will start their learning journey by experiencing drama as workshop participants. Upon reflection on this experience key concepts are then introduced, and cases of local and international practices are examined to gain wider understanding of different approaches, key issues and debates. Students will then look at drama from a facilitator’s perspective and explore skills and knowledge in planning and facilitating drama workshops, and take a deeper look at the theoretical assumptions behind the use of drama as pedagogical and transformational agent. The cycles of “experience – reflection / evaluation” are essential in grounding practice in theory and this is an approach widely adopted in applied theatre and drama education programmes in the field. At the end of the programme, students will conduct a self-directed project which encapsulates their learning in the programme by applying knowledge and skills to their workplace or a designated context.



Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education Programme at QF Level 5 is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications for a period from September 2014 to August 2017.





Programme Structure

The programme comprises six modules in three academic terms. There are two modules in each term. Each module consists of twelve lessons, each lesson involves three contact hours in class.

Term 1 

Process Drama
Practices of Applied Theatre and Drama Education >>


Term 2 

Planning and Facilitating Drama Workshops
Drama, Society and Education >>


Term 3 

Playmaking in School and Community Contexts >>
Self-directed Project >>

Remarks: Each module carries 15 QF credits





General Information

Length & Mode of Study

The standard length of study is one year (part-time). A two-year (part-time) pathway is available for students in need, and these students must consult the Programme Coordinator on how to plan their academic pathway.

Medium of Delivery

The medium of instruction will be Cantonese supplemented with English. Learning materials will be in Chinese and English as appropriate. The programme will feature a combination of seminars, workshops, projects, case studies, presentation, class discussion, site visits and critiques etc, depending on the nature of the modules.