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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Architectural Design

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2023. Application information for AY 2024/25 will be announced in early November 2023.

To study this programme, applicant should apply for "Higher Diploma in Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design (Subject Group) [Programme Code: DE110512]", please click here for more information.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
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.
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 may be employed as architectural designer, architectural assistant, architectural draftsman, architectural visualiser, architectural renderer, project coordinator, BIM designer, and other positions related to built environment design.
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.

Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities :
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education: BSc (Hons) in Architecture
  • City University of Hong Kong: BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong: BSSc Architectural Studies
  • The University of Hong Kong: BA in Architectural Studies
They can 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.
Professional Recognition
Students are eligible to apply for student membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA). Graduates with relevant Master's degree can sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Architects.
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.