Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture

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

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 skills 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 Fundamentals
  • Design Vocabulary and Communication
  • History of Visual Arts
  • 2D Visual Expression : Image Making
  • Photography and Video Making
  • Workshop Practice : Computer Aided Imaging

Semester 2:

  • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Report
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
  • Creative Thinking 1: Hemispheric Thinking
  • Professional Practice : Portfolio and Career Management
  • 2D Visual Expression : Image Development
  • Workshop Practice : 3D and Extended Media
  • Studio Practice : Installation
  • Visual Arts Appreciation and Analysis

Semester 3:

  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Creative Thinking 2 : Strategic Thinking
  • Expanded Studies : Cultural Study Trip / Exchange Programme
  • Expanded Studies : Event / Community Workshop
  • Studio Practice : Media Literacy Based Audio-Visual
  • Expanded Studies : Inter-Disciplinary Project

Semester 4:

  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Cultural Studies and Design
  • Expanded Studies : Master Class
  • Chinese Visual Arts and Culture Appreciation
  • Sustainability in Visual Arts
  • Professional Practice : Marketing and Promotion in Visual Arts and Cultural Project
  • Studio Practice : Interactive Media Design
  • Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management

Semester 5:

  • English Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics
  • Graduation Project
  • Expanded Studies : Competition / Commission-Based Project
  • Expanded Studies : Applied Research Project
  • Studio Practice : Introduction to Art Criticism

Modules Across Semesters :

  • Industrial Attachment

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