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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Fashion Image Design

Programme code DE114303

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2023. Application information for AY 2024/25 will be announced in early November 2023.
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 Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR 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 Fashion Image Design (Hair and Make-up Styling)
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Image Design (Styling and Photography)
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
Fashion Image Design has emerged as a new profession specialising in make-up, hair styling, fashion styling and fashion photography to create the best and most appropriate image and styling for individual, brand and corporate. The programme seeks to enable students to master the most up-to-date communication strategies, knowledge and skills of image creative sector for fashion.
This programme offers students opportunities to work with industries professionals, and exposure of the newest trends by industry guest seminars.  Students will be taught with systematic and professional training in enhancing the abilities of both individual and collaborative practice. By the time of programme completion, graduates are ready to contribute in various roles of creative talents in fashion communication, advertising, film, TV and media, and art direction, etc.
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 fashion stylists, fashion image consultants, magazine stylists, film make-up artists, bridal make-up artists, hair stylists, fashion photographers, etc.
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):
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK: BA (Hons) International Fashion Business#
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251505)
# 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 are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme offered by :
  • The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) : BA (Hons) in Fashion Design

Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities:
  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts: BFA (Hons) Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts Programme - Costume Technology / BFA (Hons) in Theatre and Entertainment Arts - Set and Costume Design
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University: BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textile Studies
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 ordinary membership of the Asia Hair Masters Association (AHMA) and the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA). Students are eligible to apply for student membership of Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA).
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.