Higher Diploma in Commercial Design

The Higher Diploma in Commercial Design Programme is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to perform design-related roles in a wide range of work settings at paraprofessional level within the creative industries.  Students must complete 63 units which normally require two years of full-time study.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Generic Skills Courses 15 units
II) Discipline Required Courses 33 units
III) Specialisation Courses 15 units
    63 units


I. Generic Skills Courses 15 units
  HDGS0301 English for Business 3 units
  HDGS0303 Practical Chinese Writing* 3 units
  HDGS0305 Personal Growth and Development 3 units
  HDGS0306 Writing Academic English 3 units
  HDGS0307 Business Statistics 3 units
  * Non-Chinese speaking students can take CCLC1200 Elementary Chinese as an alternative Chinese Language course to meet the respective graduation requirements concerning the fulfilment of University Core and Generic Skills requirements.  
II. Discipline Required Courses 33 units
  HDCD1108 Visual Culture 1 unit
  HDCD1210 Styling Design 2 units
  HDCD1301 Drawing Practice 3 units
  HDCD1302 Creative Illustration 3 units
  HDCD1303 History of Western Art and Design 3 units
  HDCD1304 Design Concepts and Colour Management 3 units
  HDCD1305 Digital Graphics and Imaging 3 units
  HDCD1306 Creative Thinking in Graphic Design 3 units
  HDCD1307 Commercial Photography 3 units
  HDCD1309 Popular Culture in Contemporary China 3 units
  HDCD1611 Integrated Portfolio 6 units
 III. Specialisation Courses 15 units
  HDCD2301 Visual Merchandising Design 3 units
  HDCD2302 Visual Merchandising Drawing and Planning 3 units
  HDCD2303 Jewellery Design 3 units
  HDCD2304 Jewellery Design with JewelCAD 3 units
  HDCD2305 Accessories Design and Application 3 units
    63 units
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