Higher Diploma in Stage and Set Design

Higher Diploma in Stage and Set Design
Programme Aims

Facing the globalisation of Chinese films, the expansion of cable and network TV channels and the augmentation of China-Hong Kong film and TV collaborative projects, the demand for creative professionals in media and entertainment has been increasing. This programme outlines the big picture of film, TV and theatre production through the aspiring eye of an art director or stage designer to-be. It not only introduces students the essentials of aesthetics and design methods, but also nourishes students’ creative thinking, technique, ability and vision, by integrating diverse learning experience with a hands-on curriculum.

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.

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

Graduates will have opportunities to work in various organisations including television stations, film companies, TV production houses, advertising agencies, in-house video production departments, news agencies, web TV companies, public relations and event companies, multimedia companies, theatres, art groups and education supporting units, where they may take the roles such as production designer, assistant art director, props maker, props designer, assistant set designer in film productions, assistant theatre set designer, assistant theatre lighting designer, computer visualiser / draftsman, as well as assistant technical director and technician.


Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.

Graduates can apply for admission to relevant degree programme of local universities. An example is :

  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts : BFA(Hons) in Theatre and Entertainment Arts

Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.


Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 2:

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Material and Technology for Stage and Set Design
  • Props Design
  • Stage and Set Media: Computer Aided Drafting and Visualization
  • Studio Set Design for Film and TV
  • Professional Practice: Portfolio and Career Management for Stage and Set Design


Semester 3:

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Location Set Design for Film and TV
  • Sustainable Design for Stage and Set
  • Expanded Studies: Introduction to Lighting Design


Semester 4:

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Construction and Design Details for Stage and Set Design
  • Stage and Set Media: Virtual Set Design and Visual Effects
  • Stage Design
  • Expanded Studies: Costume, Hair-styling and Make-up for Production Design
  • Expanded Studies: Play Analysis and Theatre Aesthetics for Stage & Set Design


Semester 5:

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Graphic Design for Art Direction
  • Stage and Set Media: Multimedia Presentation Technologies
  • Themed Experience Design
  • Professional Practice: Design and Business for Stage and Set Design
  • Graduation Project


Modules Across Semesters:

  • Industrial Attachment

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

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