HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 39

2008/2009 was the School of Film & Television’s (F/
TV) first full year of operation in its new home, the
Béthanie in Pokfulam. Notwithstanding its distance from
the centre of the city, both staff and students enjoy its
inspiring views and serenity. There had been fears that
we would be cut off from other schools because of the
separate site. The fact that the TV Studio still remains
in the Wanchai campus allowing for all television and
cinematography classes to be conducted there, plus the
Thursday Liberal Arts and Language courses that also take
place in Wanchai, have ensured that communication and
liaison continue to be frequent and active. This was best
manifested in our collaboration with the School of Dance
to produce a 10-minutes’ dance film in March 2009 for
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
, which was subsequently
edited into a number of short pieces that were broadcast
live during the event. Students from the Drama School
played prominent roles in a number of F/TV productions,
including at least two Graduation Projects. Composing
students from the Music School wrote scores for these
films, while students from the School of Theatre and
Entertainment Arts (TEA) made significant contributions
as art directors/production designers.
School Development & Staff Activities
In April 2009, the School successfully passed the
Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and
Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) validation of its
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production programme with
no pre-conditions. Approval was granted to run the
programme for four intakes in 2-year full-time mode
and 3-year mixed mode. This unique programme calls
for a group of students to complete a long-form (of no
shorter than 90 minutes) narrative film within two years
under the supervision of a coordinator and experienced
practitioners from different departments (Producing,
Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing, Sound
Open Day
(photo by Yiu Wing-ho)
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