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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
3762 0086
2151 0720
How to Apply
- Information on 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.


Programme Details

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

Module Title

Brief Description

No. of Credits

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


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


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


Graduate Project

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



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. (Exhibition will be held every 2 years.)



Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7.00-10.00pm
  • Saturday, 2.00-5.00pm

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Photography are eligible to apply for the MFA Photography offered by the University of Ulster, with an exemption of 60 credits, out of the total 240 credits. Students will only be required to complete 180 credits in the programme for the MFA qualification; 120 credits for the MA qualification.


Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$41,580 (to be paid by 2 installments)

Entry Requirements

  • 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.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
攝影歷史及評論 (當代攝影深造文憑之單元)
COURSE CODE 32Z147816 FEES $10,395 ENQUIRY 3762-0086
攝影的當代議題 (當代攝影深造文憑之單元)
COURSE CODE 32Z147824 FEES $10,395 ENQUIRY 3762-0086
攝影範例 (當代攝影深造文憑之單元)
COURSE CODE 32Z147832 FEES $10,395 ENQUIRY 3762-0086
畢業創作 (當代攝影深造文憑之單元)
COURSE CODE 32Z147840 FEES $10,395 ENQUIRY 3762-0086

Continuing Education Fund



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])


Enrolment Method

Please submit your application online. Alternatively, you can submit the following documents to any of our enrolment centres.

  1. Duly completed HKU SPACE Application for Enrolment 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.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay 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 specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • 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, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • 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 team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. 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.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, 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.