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Higher Diploma in Architectural Technology and Design

Higher Diploma in Architectural Technology and Design
Programme Aims

The programme provides all-round training on building environment design that emphasises not only architectural technologies, legal requirements and sustainable development knowledge, but the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology to create a better built environment so that the graduates can take up various positions in architectural technology related position to create comfort and pleasure built environment, and be also well-equipped for further development to professional or management levels.

The programme 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.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Sha Tin)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates may be employed in interior design firms, architectural firms, property developers, building contractors, government department, etc. to take up various supervisory, managerial and technical positions, such as assistant interior designer, project manager / coordinator, assistant Building Information Modelling (BIM) manager / coordinator, architectural technician and technical officer.

Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):
  1. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design; and
  2. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Landscape Architecture.

Graduates may apply for admission to relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities, including:
  1. BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology and Design#, the University of the West of England, UK (full-time / part-time top-up degree programme operated by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) locally at VTC) [Not applicable to Mainland students]
  2. Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)#, the RMIT University, Australia (part-time top-up programmes operated by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) locally at VTC) [Not applicable to Mainland students]
  3. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture, the Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  4. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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 for the registered course no.
Professional Recognition

The programme is widely accepted by the construction industry. It is also accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM) and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) as a required academic qualification for their Associate Membership.
The programme is a CIC-accredited BIM Coordinator (CCBC) Course.

  1. 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.
  2. For details please contact Department of Engineering :
    IVE (Sha Tin) : 2256 7500

Semester 1 :

  • English & Communication : Workplace interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • IT Essentials: Design
  • Building Technology and Materials I
  • History and Studies of Architecture
  • Design Studio Practice
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Engineering Science for Built Environment
  • Practical Training and Safety Practice


Semester 2 :

  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • Building Technology and Materials II
  • Buildings Ordinance and Professional Practice
  • Sustainable Design
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Detailing
  • Building Services


Semester 3 :

  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentation
  • Building Information Modelling A
  • Interior Design Project
  • Enrichment Module A


Semester 4 :

  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Architectural Project Management
  • Building Information Modelling B
  • Building Information Modelling for Building Services Engineering
  • Integrated Project for Design Practice
  • Modern Building Services and Smart Building
  • Enrichment Module B


Electives (Select one module from the following) :

  • Contemporary Design Studies
  • 3D Rendering and Animation


Semester 5 :

  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Building Information Modelling for Construction Management
  • Industry-Based Student Project
  • Industrial Attachment

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