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Higher Diploma in Landscape Architecture

Higher Diploma in Landscape Architecture
Programme Aims

The programme provides a rich learning experience for students with a passion for the environment and people, who aspire to become landscape architecture profession. It lays a foundation of both design philosophy and technical knowledge for students who intend to pursue the landscape architecture profession, providing the background training in landscape planning and spatial design skills, planting design, landscape architecture theory and history, landscape technology, and visual communication, for the students to practice or to advance to further studies in landscape architecture. It equips students with technical aptitude, professional knowledge and skills together with the necessary legal and managerial knowledge, professional language, leadership qualities, interpersonal and other generic skills, initially at a para-professional level, via the blending of theoretical knowledge and practical application, to enable them to pursue careers in the profession of landscape architecture. It also aims to cultivate a holistic approach to design education that encompasses both conceptual and professional concerns leading to graduates capable of independent decision-making.
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 landscape architectural assistants, project assistants and technical officers in landscape architectural firms, contractors, developers, and public sector. Graduates may also work for industries 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 also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities:

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University: BA (Hons) in Environment and Interior Design
  • The University of Hong Kong: BA in Landscape Studies
Professional Recognition

Students are eligible to apply for student membership of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) and of the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA). Graduates with relevant Master’s degree and attaining the prescribed amount of relevant work experience can sit for professional examinations for membership in professional organisations and be qualified as Registered Landscape Architects.


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.


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
  • History and Theory: Contemporary Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design Studio: Domestic Landscape
  • Landscape Visualization: Hand to Digital
  • Principles of Landscape: Plants and Design
  • Professional Practice: Portfolio and Career Management
  • Expanded Studies: Site Fundamentals


Semester 3 :

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Landscape Design Studio: Site and City
  • Expanded Studies: Community Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Urban Public Spaces
  • Enrichment Module B


Semester 4 :

  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • History and Theory: Research Process and Practice
  • Landscape Design Studio: Cultural Landscape
  • Landscape Visualization: Computer Aided Design 2D+3D
  • Principles of Landscape: Landscape Ecology
  • Expanded Studies: Vernacular Landscapes
  • Enrichment Module A


Semester 5 :

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • History and Theory: Chinese Landscape Design
  • Landscape Visualization: Computer Aided Design 3D+4D
  • Principles of Landscape: Sustainable Landscape Design
  • Professional Practice: Landscape Design and Business
  • Graduation Project for Landscape Architecture


Modules across semesters :

  • Industrial Attachment

Remark : The curriculum includes two Enrichment Modules.

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