Hong Kong Art School (HKAS), founded in 2000, is a division of the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC). HKAS is an accredited institute staffed by a group of dedicated artists and art educators, who are active and distinguished practitioners in the field. The School’s award-bearing curriculum focuses mainly on the area of Fine Art (Ceramics, Painting, Photography and Sculpture). Its scope covers programmes with academic levels ranging from Higher Diploma to Bachelor Degree and Master Degree. The short courses and the outreach projects of the School that run parallel to the award-bearing curriculum span a wide variety of artistic disciplines, and genuinely bridge art and the community.

Hong Kong Arts Centre - The relevant destination for arts and creative inspirations in Hong Kong

Introduction of HKAC

Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), founded in 1977, is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing homegrown talents abroad.

HKAC stimulates innovation and promotes creativity. Being Hong Kong’s first independent non-profit multi-arts institution, HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through unique programmes and collaborations.

In the past four decades, HKAC has been dedicated to building the local art ecosystem as well as facilitating cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Aiming to make art accessible to wide public audiences, HKAC has presented over 2,000 programmes covering performing arts, visual arts, film and video arts, public art projects, art conferences, art festivals and more.

HKAC also diligently builds platforms at home and overseas to showcase potential local talents through measures such as curating exhibitions and commissioning projects.

Stepping forward to its fifth decade, HKAC gathers its strength in preserving the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of Hong Kong by putting forward the concept of “ICH+” which aims at revitalising our cultural heritage and hence making it relevant to contemporary life.

Art is found to be a powerful key to unleash creativity which reinforces mental strength and empowers people with problem-solving ability, especially during challenging and difficult times. HKAC continues to serve as an important hub and fountain of creativeness in Hong Kong and Asia.


To enhance the overall cultural ecology of the society; by projecting a distinctive aura of academic and artistic integrity which is stemming from a genuine passion for art and a belief in the cultivation of humanistic values, aesthetic experience and individuality.

To provide a gateway for facilitating art education which advocates a quest for root; and grounded in life, it endeavors to manifest cross-fertilization which ultimately leads to a personal growth on the whole.

  • Personal Growth : signifies the maturation of conceptual development, professional skills and self-reflection
  • Cross-fertilization : spreads among artistic, academic and professional principles
  • Grounded in Life : marks the significance of community and connection
  • Quest for Root : dedicates to history and contextual awareness


2020 –

HKAS was celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2020. The School continued to refine its academic curriculum in the Fine Art area and enrich its Short courses as well as its outreach projects that run parallel to the core curriculum, further bridging art and the community.

2018 –

The partnership with RMIT University reached 20 years.  Exhibitions and activities commemorating the 20th Anniversary were conducted with pride and joy.

2013 –

The School acquired another new School site at Youth Square, Chai Wan. The School at the same time remodeled the PHSI campus to a campus specializing in object-based 3-D Art-making.  This campus is also the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

2009 –

HKAS acquired a new school site in Shau Kei Wan (the now Pao Haung Sue Ing [PHSI] campus) via the Government’s Land Grant/ Vacant School Premises Scheme. The successful acquisition signified the recognition of HKAS’ contribution to the local art education scene over the years.

2006 –

TAS was renamed as Hong Kong Art School (HKAS).

2003 –

TAS successfully went through the academic accreditation conducted by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) (formerly the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation) and formally became a sub-degree award granting institution recognized by the Hong Kong Government.

1977 - 2000
2000 –

Birth of Hong Kong Art School (HKAS), the Education Department of Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) was formally upgraded to The Art School (TAS) in January 2000 to signify HKAC’s firm commitment to art education.

1998 –

Hong Kong’s first ever bachelor degree programme in Fine Art with a study mode that could cater the needs of also the working adults was launched by the Education Department of HKAC in collaboration with the RMIT University of Australia.

1984 –

Establishment of the Education Department within the HKAC, which offered pioneering courses on arts and culture.

1977 –

Founding of Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), the first independent and non-profit-making arts organization in Hong Kong, under the Hong Kong Arts Centre Ordinance (Chapter 304).