Department of Design Higher Diploma Top-up Degree (Design)

Higher Diploma in Design (Graphic Design)

Programme Objectives

  • To equip students with the understanding, competence and confidence to becoming an effective practitioner or to engage in further education activities.
  •  To help to promote and develop local design activities.
  • To strengthen understanding of concepts in art and culture in context, helping students to explore and expand their imagination and creativity whilst gaining valuable practical knowledge and skills in the field in order to meet the creative challenges of the 21st century.

Programme Structures

  Courses of Higher Diploma in Design (Graphic Design)

Year 1

Design Major Required Elective I#
Design Major Required Elective II#
Design Fundamental Required Elective##
Culture and Art
Use of English
Chinese Communication
College Life and You
Visual Communication in Graphic Design
Design Principles
Graphic Design I
Cultural Study
Effective English Communication
Social Ethics

#Design Major Required Electives (select two from three)

1. Fundamental in Graphic Design (Pre-requisite for Graphic Design Stream)
2. Fundamental in Fashion Design
3. Fundamental in Interior Architecture

##Design Fundamental Required Elective (select one from four)

1. Creative Design
2. Practical Photography
3. Basic Drawing
4. Computer Applications in Design

Year 2

Multimedia Design
Professional Studies
Advertising and Market
Graphic Design II
Practical Putonghua
Elective GE
Graduation Project
Publishing Design
Images Manipulation and Applications
Creative Business Management
Numerical and IT Literacy
Internships (minimum 120 working hours) (non-credit bearing)

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees for the 2019-20 intake of the 2-year Higher Diploma in Design Programme (Graphic Design) are as follows:

  Local Student Non-Local Student
Year 1 $66,940 $86,940
Year 2 $71,520 $91,520

Academic Advancement and Career Prospects

  • Graduates may articulate to Bachelor’s degree prorammes offered by local or overseas universities.
  • Graduates are eligible to gain employment opportunities in a wide range of professional design posts, such as assistant designer, designer, chief designer, project director, project manager etc.