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Higher Diploma in Architectural Design

Higher Diploma in Architectural Design
Programme Aims

The programme lays a foundation of both design philosophy and technical practicality for students who intend to pursue the architectural profession, providing the background training in visual communication, two and three dimensional designs, architectural theory and history, building principles and overseas field trips for the students to practice or to continue with further study in architecture. Students can design projects with various scales gradually such as house, entertainment centre, exhibition complex or urban space. The design scope can range from the unique external form to the atmospheric internal space. The programme also places emphasis on the chance for students to realise their designs and to join overseas exchange activities.
The 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.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed as architectural designer, architectural assistant, architectural draftsman, architectural visualiser, architectural renderer, project coordinator, BIM designer, and other positions related to built environment design.


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design; and
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Landscape Architecture.

Graduates may pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas. They are eligible to apply for admission to the top-up degree programme offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) [Not applicable to Mainland students]:

  • University of Lincoln, UK: BA (Hons) Architecture
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252460)

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE.

Graduates may also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities:

  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education: BSc (Hons) in Architecture
  • City University of Hong Kong: BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong: BSSc Architectural Studies
  • The University of Hong Kong: BA in Architectural Studies

They can continue to further their studies in relevant Master’s degree programmes, sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Architects.

Professional Recognition

Students are eligible to apply for student membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA). Graduates with relevant Master's degree can sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Architects.


Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 2:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Architectural Design: Inhabitation Space
  • Architectural Visualization: Computer Drafting Technique
  • History and Theory of Design: The Structuralists
  • Principles of Building: Environmental Design
  • Expanded Studies: Study Trip - Man and Nature


Semester 3:

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Architectural Design: Urban Room
  • History and Theory of Design: The Formalists
  • Expanded Studies: Architecture in The City
  • Expanded Studies: Cross-disciplinary Workshop


Semester 4:

  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Architectural Design: Urban Place
  • Architectural Visualization: Parametric Design Tools
  • History and Theory of Design: Architecture and City
  • Principles of Building: Integrated and Advanced Systems
  • Principles of Building: Building Services
  • Expanded Studies: Study Trip - Modernization and Tradition
  • Enrichment Module A


Semester 5:

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Architectural Visualization: Building Information Modelling
  • History and Theory of Design: The Conceptualists
  • Principles of Building: Building Technologies
  • Expanded Studies: Competition Studio for Architectural Design
  • Graduation Project for Architectural Design
  • Enrichment Module B


Graduation Semester:

  • Professional Practice: Architectural Portfolio and Career Management
  • Professional Practice: Architectural Design and Business


Modules Across Semesters:

  • Industrial Attachment

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