Department of Design and Art, Full-time Programmes

Higher Diploma in Interior Design

Two-year Full-time

Course Code:
QF Level:
Registration Number:
Validity Period:
01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023
Start Date:
September 2021
Mode of Study & Programme Length:
Two-year Full-time
Medium of Instruction:
Cantonese Supplemented with English
Tuition Fee:
HK$58,900/year* ($5,890 X 10 installments) *Students will receive financial assistance from COC with an amount of HK$20,000 yearly.
Programme Features:
  • The first interior design full-time sub-degree programme integrating Virtual Reality (VR) technology in Hong Kong.
  • Provides conceptual and technical knowledge for students aspiring to a career in interior design, including 2D drafting, 3D drawing and architectural structural studies.
  • Equipped with professional equipment and software such as AutoCAD, Sketch Up, 3D Studio, Rhino and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Assists students to create design portfolios for further studies and career development.
Programme Objectives
  1. Cultivate lifelong learning and professional practices and prepare students to be independent learners, team players and enable them to connect with architects, designers and project developers
  2. Enable students to create innovative spaces both in commercial and residential based on materiality, building construction systems to enhance the development of spaces
  3. Prepare students for further study and practical interior design development
  4. Provide students with a well-balanced exposure to the theories and practices of interior design, environmental and sustainability protections in an integrated learning atmosphere with trade-specific learning contents, to satisfy the expanding needs of the interior design industry
  5. Equip students with an understanding of sustainability in design industries and nurture students’ awareness of historical, cultural and innovation in local contexts
  6. Develop students’ creativity, problem-solving skills, arts and design appreciation, between different sources of inspiration to achieve a portfolio of interior design in 3D communication, especially the virtual reality visualisation
Programme Content

Term 1

  • Workplace English and Communication I
  • Design Thinking and Theories
  • Fundamental Computer Application Skills
  • Practical Chinese
  • Design Basic and Modelling
  • Interior Design Fundamental (This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund ; CEF Course No: 32Z135346)
  • Architectural Communication: AutoCAD
  • 2D Visualisation: Drafting

Term 2

  • Workplace English and Communication II
  • Visual Studies and Culture
  • Introduction to Building Studies
  • Design Studio I: Residential (This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund ; CEF Course No: 32Z135354)
  • 3D Visualisation: 3D Max and VR
  • 2D Visualisation: Rendering Techniques
  • Architectural Communication: SketchUp
  • Material Exploration

Term 3

  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Design Studio II: Commercial (This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund ; CEF Course No: 32Z135362)
  • Architectural Communication: Rhino
  • 3D Visualisation: Animation and VR (This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund ; CEF Course No: 32Z135370)
  • Introduction to Design Management
  • Application and Appreciation of Furniture Design

Term 4

  • Graduation Project
  • Portfolio Visualisation for Interior Design
  • Understanding of Professional Practice
  • Sustainability and Environmental Design
Admission Requirements
  • Obtain Level 2 in five subjects in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) including Chinese Language and English Language; or
  • Complete Pre-associate Degree or Diploma Yi Jin or equivalent; or
  • Obtain relevant QF Level 3 qualification (with at least 1-year full-time study load) or equivalent recognized by HKCAAVQ; or
  • Mature student aged 21 with relevant job experience; and
  • Pass admission interview*.

*Qualified applicants should bring a simple portfolio to the admission interview. The portfolio can include sketchbook, drawings, photos etc.

Further Opportunities

Professional Recognition

  • The programme has been recognized by Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA)
  • Students under the programme are eligible to apply for HKIDA Student Members.

Career Prospects and Further Studies

  • Graduates are eligible to gain employment opportunities in a wide range of professional design posts, such as interior designer, furniture designer, lighting designer, interior decorator, project consultant, project manager etc.
  • Graduates are also eligible to apply for relevant degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities.