Art Worlds: Aesthetic, Money, and Markets

Programme Code: GCIN2009

Faculty of: Arts

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduate, HKU Postgraduate, Non HKU Undergraduate, Non HKU Postgraduate

Area of Interest: Arts

Credits: 6

Programme Period: July 12, 2021 to July 30, 2021

Programme Fee: HKD 16,400

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:

10% Partner Discount
5% Early Bird Discount (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.

Deadline for Application: June 28, 2021

Online Application: APPLY NOW


The application procedure of this programme is separated from HKUSI application system. You will be required to apply and pay all fees separately. For more information, please visit the programme link.

For HKU students, please visit here for the application procedures.

Course Description:

The course looks at how art worlds function in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and focuses in particular on the socio-cultural relations linking beauty and aesthetics with business, organizations, people, and money. It is taught primarily by lectures and class work, and is attentive to art worlds in China, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, comparing what we find there with standard readings on art worlds in Europe and the United States. It thus looks at how local/regional variations can be found in the organization and practices of different art worlds, and tries to explain why they exist. The course is intended as an elective for students who wish to major or minor in Creative Industries, and/or who have already taken the Introduction to Creative Industries (GCIN 1001), as well as for students in the Department of Art history at HKU. In the long-term, the course serves as a foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in art by familiarising them with the special dynamics of art worlds, alerting them especially to the challenges of managing creative people, artworks, and their accompanying ideologies.

Course Outline:


Programme Schedule:

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 12:30

Programme Link:—humanities/undergraduate-level/undergraduate-programmes-session-c

For enquires, please contact Faculty of Arts General Office:
Phone:  +852 3917 8977


• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.