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Digital & Popular Music

Certificate Programme in Composition and Digital Music

Course No. : 223-511530-01|Start Date : 01/12/2022


CUSCS Instructors

Language Used

Cantonese (supplemented with English)

Total Hours

120 hours (1 year)


Oriental Learning Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui

Start Date

1 December 2022




Module 1 & 5 (7:00pm-9:30pm)
Module 2-4 (7:00pm-9:00pm)

Application Fee


Tuition Fee

$24,600 (Full Tuition)


Certificate programmes

QF Level


QR Registration No.


QR Registration Validity Period

01/09/2015 - Ongoing

Course Enquiries

2209 77502723 5569[JavaScript encoded]

Enrolment Enquiries

2209 0290

Closing Date for Application

20 October 2022

Programme Information

The writing of music composition and its application have undergone significant changes in the past decades due to the development of information technology. While the learning atmosphere of common instruments such as the piano or the violin is becoming popular in Hong Kong, the term 'music technology' and 'digital music' also emerged as a supplementary issue in both end-user and study level. Musical arts do not exist on their own but now correlate with electronic devices and computer software to facilitate playback, recording, composing, arrangement and performance. This certificate programme provides students with opportunities to stimulate their creativity in composing and equip essential concepts and skills during the making of music with digital devices. (Quota:18) (The course outlines and references are in English)

Course Content

1. Techniques in Music (30 hours)
2. Introduction to Music Technology (20 hours)
3. Orchestration (20 hours)
4. Composition I (20 hours)
5. Digital Music Techniques I (30 hours)

Entry Requirements

1) All students must possess a Grade 8 in their principle instrument and a Grade 5 Theory from the ABRSM or equivalent. An entrance music theory test will be given for each applicant during the interview, which is part of the process of admission to the diploma programme. AND
2) A minimum of 5 subjects with Level 2 in HKDSE or a minimum of 5 passes in HKCEE or equivalent (such as satisfactory completion of Project Yi Jin). OR
3) Mature applicants at the age of 21 or above who do not meet the above minimum admission but possess a demonstrated ability (e.g. good musical background or relevant musical experience and good performance in the entrance test) to pursue the programme are eligible to apply for admission.

Award of Certificate

To qualify for the award of Certificate in Composition and Digital Music, students are required to
- have an attendance of at least 70% for each module, and
- complete the required 5 modules and pass the assessments of each module.

Application Procedure

Please complete the 'Enrolment Form for Certificate and Diploma/Professional Programmes' in Block Letters. An application for admission must include the following:

1. Photocopies of relevant qualifications;
2. Tuition fee and an Application fee

Applications should be mailed or submitted in person to SCS head office or enrolment centres.
(Your application will NOT be processed if copies of documents required are not enclosed.)

Methods of Payment:

1. Crossed cheque or bank draft, made payable to 'The Chinese University of Hong Kong'. Application fee and the tuition fee should be paid in separate cheque or bank draft.
2. Visa or Master Card ONLY. Please include the card holder's name, card number, expiry date and signature in the Enrolment Form.

Enrollment Centres

13/F., Oriental Centre, 67 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
Unit 01, Basement 1, East Ocean Centre, 98 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
1/F., Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central
Tsui Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O (Opposite Yan Lam House)

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

CEF Course Code: 32C124847
CEF Course Name: Certificate In Composition and Digital Music