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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Costume Design for Performance

Programme code DE114306

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 Aims
To cope with the ever-changing economic environment and business development of the Fashion and Image Design industry. This programme is designed to fill the talent demand of the rigorous and demanding industries of the Film, TV, Entertaining and Show business sector.
This programme aims to nurture students and develop designers for character and fashion design in connection with the performance requirements to enter the niche of the fashion and entertainment market.
With the strong support of Fashion Archive and through a series of structured studio practices, master lectures and collaborations with the industries, graduates are capable of working independently from developing concepts to realising the outputs in eastern and western period costumes, props, accessories and character design for performance.
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 costume designer and hair and make-up stylist for film, tv and theatre performance, costume consultant, theme park stylist/costumier, etc. Additional opportunities are available in advertising campaigns, corporate entertainment, professional performing companies, events, festivals, circus, pageants, concerts and light entertainment.
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas. They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme offered by:
  • 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) Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts Programme - Set and Costume Design
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University: BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

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 Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) and student membership of the Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians and Scenographers (HKATTS), the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) and the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel (HKITA).
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.