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Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture

Programme code DE114105

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)

(The classes of this programme are mostly held at IVE (Morrison Hill).)

Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. Applicants are not required to show portfolio in the interview.
Programme Aims
This interdisciplinary programme offers all-rounded immersion in contemporary visual arts media and engages students actively with the cultural industries at large. Through collaboration and innovation with the arts sector, the programme creates a lively environment where interdisciplinary arts projects flourish. Graduates are also nurtured to become professional arts practitioners.

From the conceptual to the practical, the two-year programme provides a dynamic and vibrant environment that inspires students to experiment with ideas and develop their own artistic language so as to encourage originalities in art creation. Graduates are cultivated to steer and support their art concepts based on theoretical insights, practical skills and understanding of culture. With faculty mentoring, such concepts can be developed as professional fine art works as well as basis for entrepreneurial ideas.

Integration with the arts community is promoted through collaborative work with visiting fellows or artists-in-residence, museum or gallery visits, exhibitions and internships. Such synergy not only enhances their passion for creative engagement, but also enriches their practical know-how. The latitude of experience deepens their understanding in the fields of visual arts, culture, curatorial projects and arts management.

This programme is also designed with an emphasis on generic, language and communication training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Programme Highlights :
  1. Visual Arts Practice and Making
    • 2D Expression
    • 3D Expression
    • Media Art
  2. History and Theories of Visual Arts
  3. Community Project and Cultural Management
Career Prospects
The HD in Visual Arts and Culture is developing professionals in response to the rapid growing need of manpower in visual arts related fields in Hong Kong and Asia.

Apart from professional artists, graduates will have full potential to take up other career opportunities. These include graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, exhibition designer, visual merchandisers, etc. They can also be art administrators at the assistant level in art centres, gallery or cultural organisation to run cultural programmes or art exhibitions. The graduates are capable to be future entrepreneurs who can turn concepts into art entrepreneurial ideas or they can be curators, critics, educators, cultural programme administrators in the future.
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.
They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programmes offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) :
  • Birmingham City University, UK :
    1. BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Communication)
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251236)
    2. BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Illustration)
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252181)
    3. BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Photography)
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252180)
    4. BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Film and Animation)
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251237)
    5. BA (Hons) Fine Art
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252577)\

Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are:
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong : BA (Fine Arts)
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University : Product Design (BA)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University : BA (Hons) in Visual Arts
  • The Education University of Hong Kong  : BA (Hons) in Creative Arts and Culture
  • Lingnan University : BA (Hons) in Visual Studies
Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.