Higher Diploma in Costume Design for Performance

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
Hong Kong
Study mode
2 years
Total tuition fee (local)
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Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 14,167

About this course

To cope with the ever changing economic environment and business development of the Fashion and Image Design industry. The programme is designed to fill the talent demand of the rigorous and demanding industries in the Film, TV, Entertaining and show business sector.
The programme aims to nurture graduates and develop designers for character and fashion design in connection with the performance requirements to enter the niche of the fashion and entertainment market.
With a strong fashion archive supports and through a series of structured studio practice, master lectures, working professionals and collaborations with the industries; graduates are capable to work independently developing from concept to realization of the outputs in eastern and western period costumes; props, accessories and character design for performance
This programme is designed with additional emphasis on generic, language and communication training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

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 : Self-Efficacy Enhancement
  • Information Technology Essentials - Design
  • Cultural Studies
  • Costume Drawings
  • Costume Technology I
  • Fundamental Costume Design
  • Expanded Studies: Experiential Project for Costume

Semester 2

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
  • Creative Thinking
  • Costume History and Evolution
  • Costume Technology II
  • Materials for Stage Performance
  • Millinery and Headgear Studio I
  • Expanded Studies: Costumes Workshop I

Semester 3

  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Introduction to Stage Hair Design
  • Expanded Studies: Costume Design Project
  • Expanded Studies: Costumes Workshop II

Semester 4

  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Design Plus: Presentation and Communication Practice
  • Advanced Fashion Workshop: Draping and Modelling
  • Character Costume Design
  • Collaboration Project
  • Introduction to Stage Make-up
  • Millinery and Headgear Studio II

Semester 5

  • English and Communication: Promotional Materials
  • Design Plus: Industry Processes
  • Portfolio Development
  • Critical Practice for Costume Design
  • Expanded Studies: Props and Accessories Studio
  • Graduation Costume Project

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