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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Publication Design and Print Media

Programme code DE114108

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2018. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2019/20 will be announced in late November 2018.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
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 Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas:
  • Higher Diploma in Publication Design and Print Media (Publication Design)
  • Higher Diploma in Publication Design and Print Media (Print Media)
The 1st semester is a common semester. Students will progress to the streams in the 2nd semester, subject to their stream choice, academic performance and study place availability in specific streams.
Programme Aims
The programme aims to enhance students comprehensive understanding of the state-of-the-art publishing and printing technologies in design, commercial printing, book publishing, e-publishing, publication design and packaging areas, with the essential knowledge and skills in effective selling, marketing and management functions within the diverse sectors of the printing and publishing industry.
This programme is 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.
HKDI is the unique education provider offering higher diploma printing programmes in Hong Kong with strong industry support. The employment rates of our graduates always exceeded 95% in the past 30 years.
Career Prospects
Graduates can be employed as book designer, packaging designer, production technician, sales representative, customer service representative, and management trainee, in a range of print media and publishing business such as design house, publisher, advertising agency, pre-press company, printing equipment supplier, book printing company, and packaging printing company, etc.
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.
They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)# :
  • Birmingham City University, UK: BA(Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Communication)
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251236)
# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE for the registered course no.

Graduates can apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are :
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University: 
    1. BA (Hons) in Marketing and Public Relations
    2. BA (Hons) Communication Design
  • City University of Hong Kong:
    1. BA (Hons) Public Administration and Management
    2. BA (Hons) Applied Business

Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
Professional Recognition
The programme is recognised by the following professional body as satisfying the academic requirements for its student membership:
Institute of Print-media Professionals
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.