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Engineering Discipline

Higher Diploma in Architectural Studies

Programme code EG114128

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)
IVE (Tuen Mun)
IVE (Tsing Yi)
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.
  5. For details please contact Department of Construction :
    • IVE (Tsing Yi) :  2436 8503
    • IVE (Tuen Mun) : 2460 5214
Programme Aims
This programme provides students with sound training in architectural design, building technology, interior design, statutory submission and construction drawings. Architectural design builds on the integration of human beings, buildings and the environment. The architect’s work contributes to provide a comfortable and pleasant living environment for the human beings.
This programme aims to provide a sound education and training for students to play a complementary role in preparation of architectural design, drawings production, interior design, landscape design, statutory submissions, and the administration of contracts of building projects. The programme enables students to acquire the academic attainments required for individual professional development and further study leading to a career of architect, interior designer or related professionals; it also provides special training for the rapidly developing area of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in which some past graduates had become specialists and BIM Managers.
This progamme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates may be employed in Architectural / Interior Design firms, Maintenance Companies, Surveying Firms, Property Developers, Main Contractors, as Architectural Technicians, BIM Technicians, Technical Office and Project Co-ordinators. They can pursue further study for career advancement leading to a career of Architects, BIM Managers or related professionals.
Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by the local or oversea universities, including :
  1. The University of Liverpool, UK
  2. The University of South Australia, Australia
  3. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA in Environment and Interior Design
  4. The City University of Hong Kong, BSc Architectural Studies
  5. The Chu Hai College of Higher Education, BSc (Hons) Architecture
  6. The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Graduates may also apply for the following part-time top-up programme operated by SHAPE locally at VTC :
  1. BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies#, the University of Central Lancashire, UK
  2. BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology & Design#, the University of the West of England

# 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 for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition
This programme is accredited by the professional body listed below as satisfying the academic requirements for Associate Member, and recognised by the Buildings Department as eligible to become Grade T1 to T3 of stipulated areas of the Technically Competent Person (TCP) with suitable experience in the Site Supervision Plan issued under the Buildings Ordinance:
  1. Academic requirements for TCP T1 to T3 of stipulated areas
  2. The Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers
  3. The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (

Graduates completed the required module will be issued with Green Cards which fulfills the Mandatory Basic Safety Training requirement for working in construction sites.
Graduates with stipulated experience are eligible to be considered by Buildings Department to fit into Grade T1 to T3 of the Technically Competent Person (TCP) in the Site Supervision Plan issued under the Buildings Ordinance.

This programme is a CIC-accredited BIM Coordinator (CCBC) Course*.
*Including a pass in the elective module “Building Information Modelling and Management".
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.