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Design Discipline

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design

Programme code DE114308

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
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 / 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 Fashion Design
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)
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
Hong Kong is one of the key fashion centres in the world. The extensive fashion industry covers fashion clothing and accessory design, research and development, merchandising, retailing, brand promotion and management.
This programme is designed to enable students to work in the fashion design and product development field. Students will find the programme both practical and creative, learning through fashion shows, live projects, design competitions, international exchange programmes, working with visiting practitioners and organisations from fashion and related industries. Students will be expected to acquire the techniques in design concept generation, pattern making and sewing of fashion product. The knitwear design and accessories design streams will further provide students with a more comprehensive learning scope as needed in the market.

Fashion design students and graduates have significant achievements in various design competitions. Starting from 2006, fashion design students have been awarded the DFA Young Design Talent Award organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre for over 10 years, with scholarships amount up to HK$750,000 every year for overseas studies including Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Birmingham City University, MOD’ART International Paris and internship at renowned fashion design companies including Alexander Wang in USA, Iris Van Herpen in Holland, Jean-Paul Lespagnard in Belgium and Gaspard Yurkievich in France.

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 designers, fashion knitwear designers, fashion accessories designers, fashion coordinators, stylists, product development executives, fashion buyers, fashion visual merchandisers and fashion editors etc.
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programmes offered by the following universities in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)#:
  • The Nottingham Trent University, UK: BA (Hons) Fashion Design
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251504)
  • University for the Creative Arts, UK: BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Imaging
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252646)
# 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 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. An example is :
  • 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
The Higher Diploma in Fashion Design offered by HKDI is highly recognised by professional bodies such as the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, fashion and related industries.
Graduates are eligible to apply for ordinary membership of Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA).
Students are eligible to apply for student membership of Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel (HKITA), and 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.