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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Stage and Set Design

Programme code DE114508

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 Aims
Facing the globalisation of Chinese films, the expansion of cable and network TV channels and the augmentation of China-Hong Kong film and TV collaborative projects, the demand for creative professionals in media and entertainment has been increasing. This programme outlines the big picture of film, TV and theatre production through the aspiring eye of an art director or stage designer to-be. It not only introduces students the essentials of aesthetics and design methods, but also nourishes students’ creative thinking, technique, ability and vision, by integrating diverse learning experience with a hands-on curriculum.

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
Graduates will have opportunities to work in various organisations including television stations, film companies, TV production houses, advertising agencies, in-house video production departments, news agencies, web TV companies, public relations and event companies, multimedia companies, theatres, art groups and education supporting units, where they may take the roles such as production designer, assistant art director, props maker, props designer, assistant set designer in film productions, assistant theatre set designer, assistant theatre lighting designer, computer visualiser / draftsman, as well as assistant technical director and technician.
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) Interior Design
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251238)
# 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 programme of local universities. An example is :
  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts : BFA(Hons) in Theatre and Entertainment Arts
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.