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Mission Statement

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a leading design institution under the VTC Group. It provides high-quality education to cultivate knowledge and professionalism, nurturing emerging talents who underpin the creative industries in Hong Kong.

With years of experience in design education, HKDI brings together the strengths of its design departments – Architecture, Interior and Product Design, Communication Design, Digital Media and Fashion and Image Design – to provide over 20 design programmes. Highly flexible in articulation and advanced education, HKDI offers students a three-year university degree pathway from a Higher Diploma to one-year Bachelor degrees offered by reputable universities in the UK.

HKDI adopts a “think-and-do” approach through its contemporary curriculum and active collaborations with local and international academic and industry partners. Students are given opportunities to acquire hands-on experience and participate in global exchange programmes to expand their horizons while enhancing their creative thinking and social sensitivity.

International Role

HKDI is dedicated to cultivating students’ global perspective and cultural sensitivity. Through partnerships with over 40 renowned design universities around the world, we offer an opportunity for students to engage in cross-cultural learning. Our partners include the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University and Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China; Bunka Gakuen Educational Foundation in Japan; Hongik University in South Korea; RMIT University, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney in Australia; Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Haute ecole d'art de design Geneve and Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland; Domus Academy, Istituto Europeo di Design and Politecnico di Milano in Italy; Glasgow School of Art, Ravensbourne University London, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Arts London in the UK; Southern California Institute of Architecture and The New School in the US; to name a few.

National Role

To connect the world design community, HKDI is a member of important design associations, including the Cumulus Association, International Council of Design (IcoD), World Design Organization (WDO), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), International Institute of Information Design (IIID), DESIS Network, etc.

Main Focus

  • Cultural sensitivity and international perspectives
  • Analytical thinking, design research and problem solving skills
  • Discipline, specific skills and industry practice
  • Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • Professional conduct and social responsibility
  • Cross-disciplinary interactions Awareness and concern in sustainable design

Faculties and Departments

HKDI brings together the strengths of the Design departments to offer Higher Diploma programmes spanning across Architecture, Product and Interior Design; Communication Design; Digital Media; and Fashion and Image Design.  Graduates of Higher Diploma programmes may continue their degree programme studies in Hong Kong via Top-up Degree programmes offered by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in conjunction with UK universities, which include Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Nottingham Trent University, University for the Creative Arts, University of Lincoln and University of Westminster.

Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor's Degree programmes with Overseas Universities:

  • Birmingham City University
    • BA (Hons) Fine Art
    • BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture
    • BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design
  • Coventry Unversity
    • BA (Hons) Graphic Design 
    • BA (Hons) Illustration and Graphics
    • BA (Hons) Media
  • Nottingham Trent University
    • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
    • BA (Hons) International Fashion Business
  • University of the Creative Arts
    • BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Imaging
  • University of Lincoln
    • BA (Hons) Architecture
    • BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition and Museums
    • BA (Hons) Interior Design and Architecture
  • University of Westminster
    • BA (Hons) Fashion Buying Management

Master Level Programs

Master's Degree programmes with Overseas Universities:

  • Birmingham City University
    • Master of Arts in Design Management

Research Activity and Main Areas

Applied reseach through our Knowledge Centres:

  • Centre for Communication Design
  • Centre of Design Services and Solutions
  • Centre of Innovative Material and Technology
  • DESIS Lab
  • Fashion Archive
  • Media Lab

Doctorate Level Programs


Subject Areas for Exchange Students

  1. Advertising Design 
  2. Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design (choose one of the following specialised programmes): 
    • Architectural Design
    • Interior Design 
    • Landscape Architecture 
  3. Costume Design for Performance 
  4. Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance (choose one of the following specialised programmes): 
    • Event and Exhibition Design 
    • Stage and Set Design
  5. Fashion Branding and Buying
  6. Fashion Design
  7. Fashion Image Design
  8. Fashion Media Design
  9. Illustration
  10. Product, Furniture and Jewellery Design (choose one of the following specialised programmes): 
    • Furniture and Lifestyle Product Design
    • Jewellery Design and Technology
    • Product Design 
  11. Visual Communication

Application Deadlines

Autumn semester: 31 March

Spring semester: 31 July

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Semester Dates

Autumn semester: September to January

Spring semester: January to May 


Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Estimated cost of living per month:

  • Accommodation: HK$2,000 (dormitory) – HK$10,000
  • Meals, Transportation and Miscellaneous: HK$3,000-5,000
  • Tuition: waived if home university has Memoradum of Understanding or Student Exchange Agreement with HKDI


Bachelor: 3872

Exchange Students

Incoming: 10
Outgoing: 10
Others: N/A

Teaching Staff

Lectures: 166
Other permanent teachers: N/A
Part-time Teachers: N/A

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