Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; The school expands its curriculum in response to alumni requests for higher qualifications in music, art and drama AFTER OFFERING undergraduate programmes for two decades, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is set to launch its first postgraduate programmes. These will lead to a master's degree in fields such as music, drama, technical arts, dance, and film and television. 'We think the time is right to go a step further,' said Herbert Huey, the academy's associate director (administration) and registrar. 'We conducted a survey among our alumni and determined that many of them would like to engage in postgraduate studies.' The programmes, which will be introduced in phases, make their debut with a Master of Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance in the 2006-2007 academic year. The music programme will offer two streams: performance and composition. The dance programme will start with a choreography stream, with additional streams to be added later. The schools of Technical Arts and Drama are expected to launch master's programmes in the following academic year, with the School of Drama having streams in directing, acting and script-writing. Students of the School of Film and Television (the launch date is as yet unconfirmed) will be able to complete the programmes in two years of full-time or three to four years of part-time study. More than two-thirds of the course requirements would be completed in the discipline, the balance comprising cross-disciplinary studies and research. Classes will be kept small, with an expected minimum of 10 students.