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Higher Diploma in Visual Communication

Programme Code: HD 125 3762 0082 2151 0720
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001675/4
Registration Validity Period:  05/05/2008 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : HD125

The last decade has seen a growing awareness of the role design can play in improving the quality of life in Hong Kong. This has led to an increasing demand for design knowledge and skills, especially amongst the younger generation. In response to this demand, the College offers this programme which aims to develop both the conceptual thinking and technical capabilities of young people who aspire to become designers.

Programme Aims & Features

This programme aims to provide a conceptual and technical foundation for students aspiring to a career in graphic design. Students will be equipped with essential knowledge and skills, and be prepared for a wide variety of disciplines in the design industry, such as graphic design principles, brand identity design, photography, drawing & illustration, typography, packaging, advertising, editorial design, and multi-media design etc. The teaching team comprises professional designers and experienced academics.


Former students have won numerous distinguished design awards, including Design Student of the Year from the Hong Kong Designers Association, Graphic Design in China Awards, Tokyo Type Directors Club Awards, and Youtube Short Film Awards. The programme also built collaborations with professional organisations like Hong Kong Design Centre, PMQ, K11 etc., to offer design and creative activities for our students.  

Opportunities for Further Studies

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Media

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) in Design (Informative Design)
BA (Hons) in Design (Advertising Design)
BA (Hons) in Design (Media Design)
BA (Hons) in Design (Social Design)
BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons) Visual Arts

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Visual Arts
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture & BEd (Hons) - Visual Arts (co-terminal double degree)

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the top-up degree programme offered locally by HKU SPACE International College
in collaboration with:

Middlesex University London
BA(Hons) Graphic Design (Top-up Degree)

University of the West of England, Bristol
BA(Hons) Media Production (Creative Content)

University of the Arts London
BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Edinburgh Napier University
BA(Hons) Mass Communications, Advertising & Public Relations

For further information, please visit IC website at

Career Prospects

Graduates will have excellent career opportunities. Many former students were recruited by reputable design studios.

Admission Interview

Qualified applicants should bring along with you a simple portfolio to the admissions interview. A portfolio can include sketchbook, drawings, photos etc.


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Arts and Life: a Journey of Appreciation and Creation
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Practical Chinese
  • English for Business



Year 1

  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Typography
  • Publication Design
  • Digital Imaging


Year 2

  • Brand Identity Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Web Design 1
  • Web Design 2
  • Advertising Design
  • Packaging Design


  • Major Project

*Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

Lee Kai Him
Lee Kai Him
  • Higher Diploma in Visual Communication (2015-2017)

This programme has allowed me to be exposed to various aspects of graphic design and equipped me with practical skills to pursue my dream.

Tang Yui Sze
Tang Yui Sze
  • Higher Diploma in Visual Communication (2014-16)

This programme has inspired me a lot on creative thinking and makes me more interested in graphic design which provides me with an opportunity to explore the importance of designing and delivering important message in an efficient way.

Tam Yim Pui
Tam Yim Pui
  • Higher Diploma in Visual Communication (2013-15)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Graphic Design (2015-17)

This programme provided me a good learning environment that I could explore and helped me to understand different aspects of graphic design. I have benefited from the flexible and interesting courses very much!

YU Lai Ping
YU Lai Ping
  • Higher Diploma in Visual Communication (2013-15)

Exploration and conceptualization are emphasized by this professional programme which helps me communicate in an expressive and apprehensible way through design.

CHENG Ka Ling, Cathy
CHENG Ka Ling, Cathy
  • Higher Diploma in Visual Communication (2012-14)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Graphic Design (2014-16)

This programme aroused my passion and interest in graphic design. It provided me with the opportunity to experience a variety of creative design, and helped me develop my design skills, technique and creative thinking.