Animation studies to be offered to boost HK's creative industry

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am

Senior secondary students will be taught film and animation, in addition to arts and culture, in a plan to boost the development of the city's cultural and creative industries.

Alan Siu Yu-bun, the deputy secretary for commerce and economic development, said the government initiatives would see companies in the sector being offered internships to promote interest, and local creative talent would receive support to take part in overseas competitions.

More than HK$2 million from the Film Development Fund had been set aside to develop a syllabus on film and animation because animation would play a vital role in the creative field, Mr Siu said.

The syllabus would be offered as a visual arts course at four selected schools this September before its official launch in January.

Alan Wan Siu-lun, secretary of the Comics and Animation Federation, which helped develop the syllabus, said students would be taught a range of topics from comics history to animation appreciation.

Another HK$3 million would be used to support joint efforts by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Arts Development Council to encourage young people to take part in arts-related volunteer work.

Having created 100 trainee and intern positions within the advertising industry, Mr Siu said the government was looking into extending the programme to other industries such as design and architecture.

The government would also support the organisation of regional awards for industries such as games and advertising to raise Hong Kong's profile as a creative capital.

It also planned to transform idle factories and heritage sites, such as the former police married quarters on Hollywood Road, into creative clusters, Mr Siu said.

Industry professionals generally welcomed the government's initiatives but some had hoped for more immediate measures.

'These are mid- to long-term measures but more direct measures such as dedicating a certain percentage of public works to arts and culture-related construction could be implemented,' said Desmond Hui Cheuk-kuen, a cultural studies professor at Chinese University.