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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects

Programme code DE114110

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2021. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2022/23 will be announced later.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full-time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
HKDI
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 / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; 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. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).
  4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.
Programme Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas :
  • Higher Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects (Animation)
  • Higher Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects (Visual Effects)
The 1st semester is a common semester. Students will progress to the streams in the 2nd semester, subject to their stream choice, academic performance and study place availability in specific streams.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to nurture aesthetic and art sense associated with professional knowledge and hands-on skills, with a goal to prepare students to become animation and visual effects professionals. The programme will provide training regarding state-of-the-art knowledge of animation, art direction, character design, scene design, visual effects design and storytelling skills so to enable students to adapt to new trends for their career development and articulation.

This programme also covers generic, language and communication skills training, whole-person development and workplace experience, in order to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates may work from entry level to become :
Animator, art director, motion graphic designer, graphic designer, character designer for animation/film, visual effect artist, producer assistant and video editor, etc.
Articulation
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.

This programme is developing articulation to top-up degree programmes offered by universities overseas, of which the potential partnering programmes include :
  • Coventry University, UK : BA(Hons) Media#
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252720)
# 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 apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are:
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University :
    1. BA (Hons) Scheme in Design
    2. BA (Hons) Digital Media
  • City University of Hong Kong :
    1. BA Creative Media
    2. BSc Creative Media
  • Hong Kong Baptist University : BA (Hons) in Visual Arts
Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
Professional Recognition
Students are eligible to apply for student or affiliate membership of Hong Kong Association of Motion Picture Post Production Professionals (AMP4), Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA), Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association (HKDEA) and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (Hong Kong Section).
Notes
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.