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

Year 1 Courses
  • Design Fundamentals *
  • Visual Communication *
  • Culture, Arts and Design *
  • Interdisciplinary Design Studies *
  • Typography
  • Cultural Theory on Visual Communication
  • Advertising and Market
  • Publishing Design
  • Integrated Practice in Social Design Project (Graphic Design)
  • Chinese Communication *
  • Use of English *
  • Social Ethics *
  • Numerical and Information Technology Literacy *
  • College Life and You *
Year 2 Courses
  • Research Project in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Photo Art Manipulation and Applications
  • Creative Business Management
  • Professional Practice in Graphic Design
  • Graduation Project (Graphic Design)
  • Effective English Communication *
  • Practical Putonghua *
  • General Education Elective Course *
* Common Courses shared by all three design streams

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees for the 2020-21 intake of the 2-year Higher Diploma in Design Programme (Graphic Design) are as follows:

  Local Student Non-Local Student
Year 1 $68,540 $88,540
Year 2 $73,240 $93,240

Higher Diploma in Design is one of the subsidised programmes under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP). The tuition fee after the deduction of the $37,300 subsidy under the SSSDP in 2020-21 academic year is $31,240 per year.

The subsidy is only applicable to local students.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

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.