School Tour

  • Introduce creative media to youngsters at their early stage of learning
  • Let students learn outside the classroom and acquire experience to the university environments
  • Promote media literacy education among Hong Kong teenagers
  • Let youngsters explore and show off their talents
  • Introduce CityU programmes and courses especially CMC stakeholders to them
  • Establish the bridge between CityU, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC) and schools

Target Schools and Students

Full-time students from any primary, secondary, international and ESF schools in Hong Kong, preferably on a volunteer basis and same study level.

School Tour Overview

To give local youngsters a better understanding of the CMC exhibits, and to arouse their interest in the creative media, art and culture, CMC is now providing guided tour services for school visitors on weekdays from January to 30 April 2012. Schools can propose their preferable date and time.

All local primary schools and secondary schools, post-secondary institutes and universities are eligible to apply.

The number of visitors in each group is limited to 20 to 40 persons. One teacher/leader accompanies each group of 20 people is required. Because of the limited exhibition area, we may divide large groups into several smaller groups and may arrange for them to visit the exhibitions in a different order.

A tour will generally take around 1 hour.

School Tour cum Workshop Overview

  • Brief introduction of CMC and the Grand Opening Festival, CMC stakeholders’ programmes and courses, and the rundown schedule. (10 mins)
  • Guided tour introducing the current exhibitions including The Burning Edge: Making Space, Activating Form, White Walls Have Ears and Four Installations in AVIE* (in Cantonese or English) (Within 30 mins)
  • Workshop (1.5-2 hours with a 10-min break)
    • Each participating school team can only choose either one of the workshops conducted by School of Creative Media, Department of Computer Science, Department of English or Department of Media and Communication respectively.
    • All the activities will be held at Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (18 Tat Hong Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon).

Programme Awards

Certificate will be presented to students who complete the programme activities.

Workshop Overview

1. Animation Discovery Workshop
Organized by School of Creative Media

Animation is not limited to the popular culture that teenagers interacting with the main stream media. With pedagogical intervention in our inspirational building, this Animation Discovery Workshop can inspire their perceptions of the world of tomorrow.

Programme Content
  • “Animation Discovery” lectured by Professor Tamas Waliczky in English (1 hour). By showing video clips of all kinds of world animation, students can understand the form of animation out of the mass media.
  • Hands on experience of creating a stop-motion animation in small group led by SCM teachers and trainers (1.5 hours). We will provide 4 skin Chinese characters (e.g. Water Margins) and drawing tools for participating students.
  • Language: English. For effective communication among students, the workshop could be conducted in Cantonese if required.

Programme Schedule
  • From January to April 2012
  • Regular programme on Saturday morning, 10am to 1:30pm
  • Non-regular programme on weekdays (separate application is required)

Number of participants
20-40 students per workshop

Advisor and Lecturer: Professor Tamas Waliczky
With experience in painting, illustrating, photography and filmmaking, it was in 1983 that Tamas Waliczky began working in ‘new media’ using computers. Since then he has won the prestigious Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in 1989 and participated in major exhibitions all over the world including at the Pompidou Centre and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. He was artist-in-residence at the ZKM Institute for Visual Media in Karlsruhe and IAMAS in Gifu, Japan. Prior to joining CityU School of Creative Media in 2010 he was Professor at HBK Saar, Saarbrucken, and FH Mainz.

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2. The First Page
An introductory creative writing workshop
Organized by the Department of English

Do you want to write? Do you think you have a story to tell? If so, how do you start? In this workshop, Xu Xi will introduce you to the fundamentals of storytelling by focusing on that blank first page. She will ask you to think about ways of starting a story, and introduce you to what she calls the “5 P’s” of storytelling.

Through in-class individual and group writing exercises, we will work together to create the framework for stories. She will also lead you through a classic creative writing workshop session which focuses on reading like a writer (not a reader). At the end of the workshop, each participant will have begun a draft of the first page of their own stories.

Language: English

Programme Schedule
10am – 1pm, 4 February 2012

Number of participants
25 – 30 participants

Lecturer: Ms. Xu Xi
Ms. Xu Xi is the Writer-in-Residence and Department of English MFA Programme Leader.

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3. Creative Writing Workshop : E-poetry
Organized by the Department of English

  • Introduce creative writing of poetry and digital tools for multimedia presentations to teenagers at their early stage of learning
  • Have students learn inside an IT and high-tech environment and acquire experience with the university’s and department’s requirements
  • Promote creative media arts education among Hong Kong teenagers
  • Cultivate art and culture concern and support in Hong Kong

Programme Content
  • Brief introduction to Department of English and its courses.
  • Creative writing workshop on Hong Kong prompts by Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim in English (1 hour). Reading examples of poems, meditation exercise, free-writing and collaborative sharing, with assistance of two or more tutors/student assistants.
  • Hands on experience of re-presenting their poems in digital form, using iMovie tools, etc, working in small groups led by professor and assistants (1.5 hours).
  • Language: English.

Programme Schedule
10am – 1pm, 11 February 2012

Number of participants
20 – 30 participants

Lecturer: Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Fulbright and Wien International Scholar; Ph.D. in British and American Literature at Brandeis University; Crossing the Peninsula received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Also published six other volumes of poetry; three books of short stories; two novels; a children’s novel, Princess Shawl (translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan in 2009); and recently a selected short stories and poetry volume, The Shirley Lim Collection. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award. She has published two critical studies and has edited/co-edited many critical volumes. The Forbidden Stitch received the 1990 American Book Award, and she has edited/co-edited issues of numerous journals. She served as chair of Women’s Studies, Chair Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong, and currently is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lim was awarded the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, the UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award, University of Western Australia Distinguished Lecturer award, Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer award, and J.T. Stewart Hedgebrook award. She has taught at City University of New York, State University of New York, University of Hong Kong, National Institute of Education of Nanyang University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National University of Singapore.

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4. Making Things Blink (Look, No Hands!)
Organized by School of Creative Media

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are cool little objects that are often used in creative art projects – there is an entire genre of art that focuses on the medium of light. In this workshop we will learn to construct circuits to control a variety of light sources. Absolutely no prior knowledge in electronics, physics or computer programming is assumed - we will start from the ground up and participants will be exposed to these fields of knowledge in a fun, non-threathening and creative manner. Language: English. For effective communication among students, the workshop could be conducted in Cantonese if required.

Programme Schedule
10am – 1pm, 21 April 2012

Number of participants
20 participants

Lecturer: Mr. Samson Young
Samson Young (b.1979), Hong Kong composer and sound artist. Young was the first from Hong Kong to receive the prestigious Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award, and in 2009 CNN’s global portal named him one of the top “20 people to watch in Hong Kong.” Samson Young is a Ph.D fellow at Princeton University's department of music, where he studied with electronic music pioneer Paul Lansky. He is currently an assistant professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

Young is a regular guest at festivals around the globe, including: the Sydney Springs International New Music Festival (Australia 2001), the Canberra International Music Festival (Australia 2008), and ISCM World Musid Days (Australia 2010); the Bowdoin International Music Festival (US 2004), Bang on a Can Music Summer Music Festival (US 2005), Perspectives International Festival of Media Art (US 2009), Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany 2006); Dark Music Days (Iceland 2008); Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival (Malaysia 2009); Microwave International New Media Arts Festival (HK 2004), October Contemporary (HK 2007 and 2009), Le French May (HK 2004 and 2009), and the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HK 2009 and 2010). His music received performances by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, London NASH Ensemble, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Bang on a Can, Network for New Music, New Millennium Ensemble, So Percussion, Sydney Song Company, and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, among others.

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5. Image Discovery Workshop
Organized by School of Creative Media

Abstract to be announced later

Programme Schedule
10am – 1pm, 10, 17, 24/3/2012

Number of participants
30-40 participants

Lecturer: To be announced later

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6. Ludology 101: Making Sense of Computer Games
Organized by School of Creative Media

This workshop intends to show that computer games are not only fun but also a medium of artistic expression and communication.

The workshop focuses on analysing computer games in terms of their structure and content. The workshop introduces examples of interesting "indie" computer games outside the commercial entertainment mainstream.

The workshop begins with a brief lecture on the essentials of "ludology"

a.k.a. computer game studies, introducing some of the methods with which computer games can be analysed. After the lecture the participants are assigned to analyse individual games and present their findings.

Requirement: participants should have good knowledge of current computer games.

Programme Schedule
10am – 1pm, 31/3/2012

Number of participants
20-25 participants

Lecturer: Dr. Olli Tapio Leino
Olli Tapio Leino is a new media scholar focusing on computer games, interactive art and contemporary media culture from the perspectives of critical ludology, philosophy of technology and existential phenomenology. He earned his PhD from the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. During his PhD studies he was a visiting scholar at the Play Research Group of the University of the West of England and had a 6-month residency at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK.

Olli has taught game studies on postgraduate level and supervised masters theses in the Media Technology and Games programme at IT University of Copenhagen and tutored game design projects at the Danish Academy of Interactive Entertainment. He participated in developing the curriculum for the Animation and Computer Game Design undergraduate programme at University of Lapland, Finland.

In his current research Olli seeks to combine game studies with critical aesthetics and media archaeology in order to assess the role of playability at the overlaps of interactive art and computer games and to rethink the sedimented assumptions underlying the paradigm of game studies.

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General Arrangement

  • The programme is free of charge. Presenter is not responsible for students’ travelling fee, insurance coverage and other incidental expenses. Participating schools should take their responsibilities and duties to coordinate their students for taking part in the activities.
  • Schools are required to submit filled application form (you can download from here) by email to or fax at 3442 0408 within 14 working days before the activity. First-come, first-served basis. Successful applicant will receive notification by email and phone not later than the Date of Notification. Unsuccessful applicants will not receive respective notification.
  • Participating students should be accompanied by teacher(s). Teachers should remind the participating students of the proper attitude and behaviour.
  • Schools should plan well for the traveling and arrive at the destination in punctual.
  • City University of Hong Kong is not responsible for any loss and damage of the participants’ prosperity.
  • Organizers reserve the right to change the programme content, take photo or video documentation on the activities and use these records for publicity without prior notice.
  • Activities will be cancelled in case of closure of schools due to tropical cyclones or heavy persistent rainfall.  Please refer to EDB Circular No. 3/2007 on "Tropical Cyclones and Heavy Persistent Rain Arrangements for Kindergartens and Day Schools" for details.

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Download Application Form

Please email to or fax at 3442 0408 within 14 working days before the activity. First-come, first-served basis.

Successful applicant will receive notification by email and phone not later than the Date of Notification. Unsuccessful applicants will not receive respective notification.

School Tour Regular Schedule

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