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IT114206 Higher Diploma in Games and Animation
Curriculum   Career Prospects   Articulation Arrangement / Credit Exemption
Duration of Study 2 Years
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
Programme Stream

Students may choose one of the following streams so as to enhance professional knowledge and skills in specific areas :

  • Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Games)
  • Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Animation)

The 1st semester is a common semester. Students will progress to the stream in the 2nd semester (provisional), subject to their choice, academic performance and availability of places in specific streams.

Entrance Requirements Please refer to General Entrance Requirement
Programme Aims To cope with rapid development of digital entertainment industry in Hong Kong and Asia, this programme aims to equip students with practical knowledge and skill to become professionals for design and development of computer game, computer animation, and visual effects. This is also a unique programme in which students will be able to access cutting-edge computer systems and software to realize their creative ideas for the production of digital entertainment products.

The computer game stream designed with modules to develop the competency of graduates in applying computer graphics programming techniques in developing interactive game and training simulation applications.

The computer animation stream with modules to enable graduates to become professional computer animators to serve the growing market of computer animated feature film, television and visual effects productions.

This 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.

Semester 1:

  • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Mathematics and Problem Solving Techniques
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Game Design
  • Digital Video and Photography Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics

Semester 2:

  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Mathematics for Multimedia Studies
  • Information Technology Essentials – Media
  • Network Fundamentals
  • 3D Computer Visualization
  • Interactive Media and Games

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Games):

  • Game Programming

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Animation):

  • Computer Animation Pre-production

Semester 3:

  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Industrial Attachment
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Games):

  • Advanced C++ and Graphics Programming

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Animation):

  • Character Design and Animation

Semester 4 :

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Final Year Project
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Digital Audio Production

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Games):

  • Interactive Game Development Project
  • Game Engine Programming

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Animation):

  • Computer Animation Project
  • Digital Visual Effects

Semester 5:

  • IT Professionalism
  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Final Year Project
  • Enrichment Module

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Games):

  • Mobile Game Development
  • Game Optimization

Higher Diploma in Games and Animation (Animation):

  • Real-Time Simulation & Visualization
  • Digital Compositing and Rendering Techniques
Career Prospects Graduates may be employed as computer animators, computer game designers and developers, special effect designers, interactive media programmers, 3D modelers / visualizers, web and game programmers.

Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :

  1. Local degree programmes offered by VTC's member institution :
    • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) 
  2. Degree programmes in local universities :
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Open University of Hong Kong
    • The University of Hong Kong
  3. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus, Not applicable to Mainland students): 
    • Coventry University, UK
    • University of the West of England, UK
  4. Other Universities in UK and Australia
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.