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DE124301 Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
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)
Programme Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas:
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)
  • Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)
The 1st semester is a common semester. Students will progress to the streams in the 2nd semester, subject to their stream choice, academic performance and study place availability in specific streams.
Entrance Requirements Please refer to General Entrance Requirement
Programme Aims Hong Kong is one of the key fashion centres in the world. The extensive fashion industry covers fashion clothing and accessory design, research and development, merchandising, retailing, brand promotion and management.

This programme is designed to enable students to work in the fashion design and product development field. Students will find the programme both practical and creative, learning through fashion shows, live projects, design competitions, international exchange programme, working with visiting practitioners and organisations from fashion and related industries. Students will be expected to acquire the techniques in design concept generation, pattern making and sewing of fashion product. The knitwear design and accessories design streams will further provide students with a more comprehensive learning scope as needed in the market.


Fashion design students and graduates have significant achievements in various design competitions. Starting from 2006, fashion design students have been awarded the DFA Young Design Talent Award organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre for over 10 years, with scholarships amount up to HK$750,000 every year for overseas studies including Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Birmingham City University, MOD’ART International Paris and internship at renowned fashion design companies including Alexander Wang in USA, Iris Van Herpen in Holland, Jean-Paul Lespagnard in Belgium and Gaspard Yurkievich in France.

This 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.
Curriculum

Semester 1 (Common Modules):

  • English and Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift : Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Information Technology Essentials
  • Creative Thinking
  • Computer Aided Design in Fashion
  • Fashion Design Concept Development
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Introduction to Fashion Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Experimental Fashion Materials for Fashion Design

 

Semester 2:
Higher Diploma in Fashion Design

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Fashion Design Project
  • Intermediate Fashion Workshop
  • Textiles Design Studio
  • Expanded Studies: Experiential Project for Fashion Design


​Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Fashion Accessories Design
  • Millinery Design and Construction
  • Expanded Studies: Experiential Project for Accessories Design


Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Knitwear Design Concept
  • Introduction to Knitwear Design Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Experiential Project for Knitwear Design


Semester 3:
Higher Diploma in Fashion Design

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Fashion Plus: Research Practice
  • Garment Manufacturing Enhancement Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Studio Practice for Fashion Design

 

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Fashion Plus: Presentation and Communication Practice
  • Garment Manufacturing Enhancement Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Studio Practice for Fashion Design


Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Practical Knitwear Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Studio Practice for Fashion Design


Semester 4:
Higher Diploma in Fashion Design

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Fashion Plus: Presentation and Communication Practice
  • Advanced Fashion Workshop
  • Final Fashion Collection Development
  • Final Fashion Collection Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Competition Studio for Fashion Design

 

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Fashion Plus: Research Practice
  • Fashion Accessories Collection Development
  • Fashion Accessories Collection Workshop
  • Handbag Design and Construction
  • Expanded Studies: Competition Studio for Fashion Design
 

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Fashion Plus: Presentation and Communication Practice
  • Fashion Plus: Research Practice
  • Constructed Knitwear Design Workshop
  • Knitwear Collection Development
  • Knitwear Collection Workshop
  • Expanded Studies: Competition Studio for Fashion Design


Semester 5:
Higher Diploma in Fashion Design:

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Design Portfolio
  • Fashion Plus: Workshop / Lab Practice
  • Professional Practice : Design and Business
  • Graduation Project

 

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Accessories Design)

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Design Portfolio
  • Fashion Plus: Workshop / Lab Practice
  • Professional Practice: Design and Business
  • Footwear Design and 
 

Higher Diploma in Fashion Design (Knitwear Design)

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Design Portfolio
  • Fashion Plus: Workshop / Lab Practice
  • Professional Practice: Design and Business
  • Creative Knitwear Design Workshop
  • Graduation Project

 

Modules across semesters :

  • Industrial Attachment

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

 
Career Prospects Graduates may be employed as fashion designers, fashion knitwear designers, fashion accessories designers, fashion coordinators, stylists, product development executives, fashion buyers, fashion visual merchandisers and fashion editor etc.
Articulation
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programmes offered by the following universities in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)#: [Not applicable to Mainland students
  • The Nottingham Trent University, UK: BA (Hons) Fashion Design
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 251504)
  • University for the Creative Arts, UK: BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Imaging
    (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252646)
# 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 are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):
  • BA (Hons) in Fashion Design
Graduates can also apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. An example is :
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University: BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textile Studies
Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
Professional Recognition

The Higher Diploma in Fashion Design offered by HKDI is highly recognised by professional bodies such as the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, fashion and related industries.

Note(s):
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.