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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Landscape Architecture

Programme code DE114502

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full-time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
(Planned Places)
HKDI - 60

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

Average Result of Admitted Students in 2017 (Note 1)
15
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 provides a rich learning experience for students with a passion for the environment and people, who aspire to become landscape architecture profession. It lays a foundation of both design philosophy and technical knowledge for students who intend to pursue the landscape architecture profession, providing the background training in landscape planning and spatial design skills, planting design, landscape architecture theory and history, landscape technology, and visual communication, for the students to practice or to advance to further studies in landscape architecture. It equips students with technical aptitude, professional knowledge and skills together with the necessary legal and managerial knowledge, 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 landscape 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.

It prepares students for articulation to further education in landscape architecture so as to advance their careers as landscape architects and project managers in landscape architecture. Graduates can apply for admission to the top-up degree programme offered by overseas partner university, Birmingham City University; and degree programme offered by THEi. They can hence continue to further their studies in relevant Master’s degree programmes, sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organizations, and be qualified as Registered Landscape Architect.

This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Possible careers for graduates of the HD in Landscape Architecture include landscape architectural assistants, project assistants and technical officers in landscape architectural firms, contractors, developers, and governmental sectors.
Articulation
The programme offers the students a variety of articulation pathway to further education in landscape architecture so as to advance their careers pursue.

Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.

They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme(s) offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) :
  • Birmingham City University: BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252578)
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme(s) offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) :
  • BA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture
Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are :
  • University of Hong Kong : BA in Landscape Studies
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University : BA (Hons) in Environment and Interior Design
Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
 
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 Landscape Architects.
Professional Recognition
Graduates with relevant Master’s degree and attaining the prescribed amount of relevant work experience, can sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Landscape Architects.
Notes
  1. Average result in 2017 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2017 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. 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.