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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Architectural Design

Programme code DE114501

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)

(The classes of this programme are mostly held at IVE (Kwun Tong).)

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 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.
Career Prospects
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)# :
  • University of Lincoln, UK: BA(Hons) Architecture
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252460)
# 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 also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities, for example :
  • University of Hong Kong : BA in Architectural Studies
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong: BSSc (Architectural Studies)
  • City University of Hong Kong: BSc in Architectural Studies
They can hence continue to further their studies in relevant Master’s degree programmes, sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Architects.

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.
Professional Recognition
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.