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(The classes of this programme are mostly held at IVE (Kwun Tong).)
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.
This programme lays a foundation of both design philosophy and technical practicality for students who intend to pursue the architectural profession, providing the background training in visual communication, two and three dimensional designs, architectural theory and history, building principles and overseas field trips for the students to practice or to continue with further study in architecture. Students can design projects with various scales gradually such as house, entertainment centre, exhibition complex or urban space. The design scope can range from the unique external form to the atmospheric internal space. This programme also places emphasis on the chance for students to realise their designs and to join overseas exchange activities.
It will equip students with the technical aptitude, professional knowledge and skills together with the necessary legal faculty, professional language, leadership qualities, interpersonal and other generic skills, initially at a para-professional level, via the blending of theoretical knowledge and practical application, to enable them to pursue careers in the profession of architecture. It also aims to cultivate a holistic approach to design education that encompasses both conceptual and professional concerns leading to graduates capable of independent decision-making.
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.
Architectural knowledge is the basis of extensive areas of creative industries. Even if the students prefer not to further study in architecture, the job prospect for graduates from this programme remains promising. Potentially interesting, challenging and rewarding positions include: architectural assistant, architectural draftsman, architectural visualiser, architectural renderer, project manager, project coordinator, contractor, interior draftsman, interior designer, furniture designer, exhibition designer, retail designer, window display designer, set designer, stage designer, game designer, curator for museum, exhibition or gallery, installation artist, painter, sculptor, etc.
The programme prepares students for articulation to further education in architecture so as to advance their careers as architects and architectural project managers. Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.
They are eligible to apply for admission to the top-up degree programme offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) :
After completing the top-up degree, some graduates have been admitted to Master’s degree programme of University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and other renowned overseas Universities, striding forward to be a professional architect.
Graduates with relevant Master's degree can sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Architects.
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.