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DE114105 Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture
Curriculum   Career Prospects   Articulation Arrangement / Credit Exemption
Duration of Study 2 Years
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
(The classes of this programme are mostly held at IVE (Morrison Hill))
Entrance Requirements Please refer to General Entrance Requirement
Programme Aims This interdisciplinary programme offers all-rounded immersion in contemporary visual arts media and engages students actively with the cultural industries at large. Through collaboration and innovation with the arts sector, the programme creates a lively environment where interdisciplinary arts projects flourish. Graduates are also nurtured to become professional arts practitioners.

From the conceptual to the practical, the two-year programme provides a dynamic and vibrant environment that inspires students to experiment with ideas and develop their own artistic language so as to encourage originalities in art creation. Graduates are cultivated to steer and support their art concepts based on theoretical insights, practical skills and understanding of culture. With faculty mentoring, such concepts can be developed as professional fine art works as well as basis for entrepreneurial ideas.

Integration with the arts community is promoted through collaborative work with visiting fellows or artists-in-residence, museum or gallery visits, exhibitions and internships. Such synergy not only enhances their passion for creative engagement, but also enriches their practical know-how. The latitude of experience deepens their understanding in the fields of visual arts, culture, curatorial projects and arts management.

This programme is also 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.

Programme Highlights :
1.Visual Arts Practice and Making
•2D Expression
•3D Expression
•Media Art

2.History and Theories of Visual Arts

3.Community Project and Cultural Management

Semester 1:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Information Technology Essentials
  • Creative Thinking
  • 3D Visual Expression : Object and Space
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to History of Visual Arts
  • Photography and Moving Image


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
  • 2D Visual Expression: Image Making
  • Contemporary Hong Kong Art
  • Digital Media and Sound
  • Expanded Studies: Workshop Practice I


Semester 3:

  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Mater Class/ Visiting Artist
  • Expanded Studies: Workshop Practice II


Semester 4:

  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Independent Studies
  • Introduction to Arts Project Management
  • Introduction to Asian Art
  • Visual Arts Research and Analysis
  • Expanded Studies: Community Art


Semester 5:

  • English Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Professional Practice: Exhibition and Career Management
  • World Culture
  • Graduation Project for Visual Arts and Culture


Modules Across Semesters :

  • Industrial Attachment


Remark : Students have to complete the Enrichment Module in Semester 4 or 5.

Career Prospects The HD in Visual Arts and Culture is developing professionals in response to the rapid growing need of manpower in visual arts related fields in Hong Kong and Asia.

Apart from professional artists, graduates will have full potential to take up other career opportunities. These include graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, exhibition designer, visual merchandisers, etc. They can also be art administrators at the assistant level in art centres, gallery or cultural organisation to run cultural programmes or art exhibitions. The graduates are capable to be future entrepreneurs who can turn concepts into art entrepreneurial ideas or they can be curators, critics, educators, cultural programme administrators in the future.
Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.
They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programmes offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)# :
[Not applicable to Mainland students]
  • The Birmingham City University, UK:
    1. BA (Hons) Fine Art
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252577)
# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE.
Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are:
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong : BA (Fine Arts)
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University : Product Design (BA)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University : BA (Hons) in Visual Arts
  • The Education University of Hong Kong  : BA (Hons) in Creative Arts and Culture
  • Lingnan University : BA (Hons) in Visual Studies

Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
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.
There might be changes in the course details.