Resources for Art & Design in HK

Our Perspective of the Hong Kong Education System and Why We Need More Resources and Platforms to Help Students

Article : Ian Tsang          Edited : Konrede Limited          Date : Dec, 2018

Art & Design touches everyone’s daily life, no matter if you are aware of this or not.  From the moment you wake up in your room, dress up to go to school/ work, all items you encounter and you use are all related to Art & Design in some way.  It is deeply rooted inside our culture and inspires us to think creatively and independently.

Many parents underrate the career prospects of Art & Design, given that Hong Kong is known as a financial hub.  It is very often you would hear that Art needs more support from Hong Kong’s education system and society.  As a matter of fact, art exhibitions held in Hong Kong are experiencing a steady decline for over half a decade.  Interestingly, Comics was added as a new medium and Digital Art has became more popular in recent years, showing a growing demand in this industry.

Youths’ creativities are undermined due to the way they are educated, for example, they are trained to give model answers.  Traditionally, the public thinks that people enter this industry because they do not excel academically.  However, the creative industry is getting more competitive and a higher education background is usually required.  Art & Design is essential to the society: try to think out of the box, find solutions to life through creativity.

We have hosted seminars in numerous secondary schools, many teachers agree there is an urgent need for portfolio development for students.  In fact, many schools lack the resource to teach Art & Design subjects effectively.  In Hong Kong, some schools are only able to offer Visual Art but not Design & Applied Technology, which may jeopardise students’ opportunities when they apply to art schools later on.  Art teachers might not have adequate training and experience to teach the related subjects and they receive pressures from multiple parties, including the school and parents.  They need to make sure the students perform well academically.

Given most of the time, art is highly subjective.  As a consequence, students might be encouraged to give certain answers in order to obtain decent grades.  After all, art appreciation should involve critical thinking and analysis, but the students depend on the grades to progress further into tertiary education.  Under these stressful circumstances, students are judged based on their grades.  Many of them are overwhelmed by extra-curricular activities and have little time to relax; let alone to self-reflect, to dream and think about their personal identities.

Konrede tries to open doors to people who want to get prepared for their futures.  We have one goal: to cultivate and nurture talents who will make changes to the art industry in the future.  Konrede wants to allow people to pursue their dreams, make them realise what they can achieve and understand that this industry is realistic.  We encourage them to think independently and critically.  We wish to give them support and equip them with the necessary skills to make our world and society a better place.