Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
Hong Kong
Advanced Diploma
Study mode
2 years
Total tuition fee (local)
Contact the university / college
Total tuition fee (foreign)
RM 62,734

About this course

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. 2D Visual Expression
  2. 3D Visual Expression
  3. Photography and Moving Image
  4. Introduction to History of Visual Arts

Entry Requirements

International Students:

  • Applicants with academic qualifications obtained in secondary or tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong will be assessed individually by the departments concerned.
  • IGCSE, GCE, International Baccalaureate (IB) or other overseas qualifications which are comparable with the required levels of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will be accepted.
  • IELTS overall score at 5 or equivalent 


Semester 1:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - MindShift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Information Technology Essentials - Smart Living
  • Creative and Design 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 and 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.

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