Programme Content





Graphic design makes a powerful contribution to the cultural and economic life of contemporary society. It exists in the public domain, acts as an indicator of current cultural thinking and is a catalyst for social, cultural and political change. This programme prepares you for an idea-driven, sustainable and flexible freelance practice, or studio career in graphic design.

Programme Features

You will study in a studio environment with professional-standard facilities and the focus on the real-world skills you need to succeed in your career.

Career prospects
The role of the graphic designer in society and the professional world is multifaceted. Graduates can go on successful careers as graphic designers, art directors, digital designers, curator, author, craftsperson, editor, educator, collaborator, agitator, and account managers for a range of studios and companies.


Preparation for Extended Study in Graphic Design

This module is designed to give you the opportunity to define a short programme of study on a self-initiated basis in preparation for the major “Extended Study in Graphic Design” module. You will learn through experience how to identify and articulate personal aims and how to plan and manage a period of self-directed work. It also requires you to focus on the relationship of your design ideas/interests to individual career aspirations.

Independent Research Project

Students design and produce a research project that develops a specialised interest in contemporary critical debates and contexts for contemporary creative production.  There will be workshops and lectures to support you in developing your ideas, designing and implementing research projects, and provide guidance on independent study. Supervision tutorials will support your on-going research, critical reading and writing.

Professional Practice and Work Experience in Graphic Design 3

In this module, you are required to develop a substantial and coherent body of work that reflects individual interests, intentions and ambitions within the context of Graphic Design, synthesising the use of making and materials in relation to personally generated studio practice. You will need to plan, manage and present your body of work to a professional standard.

Extended Study in Graphic Design

This module enables you to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of your area of practice in relation to the professional context, and develop strategies for graduation and progression to employment or further studies. The module is designed to contribute to the refinement of your contextual understanding of your discipline, and enable you to focus this towards identified personal career aspirations and the opportunities offered, directly and indirectly, by the industry.


Portfolio(s) and project, etc.



QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 23/000496/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2027


Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Oveseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Holders of the following VTC Higher Diploma (HD) programmes:

  • HD in Advertising Design  
  • HD in Visual Communication


Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in a relevant Design area awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.


English Proficiency Requirements

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (such as a Higher Diploma or Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English from recognised institutions;


  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component, or an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Career Prospects

Career Prospects

The role of the graphic designer in society and the professional world is multifaceted. Graduates can become go on successful careers as graphic designers, art directors, digital designers, or related roles, such as  curator, author, craftsperson, editor, educator, collaborator,  and agitator, and account managers for a range of studios and companies.

Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$91,850 by 2 instalments
     (Deduct up to HK$33,740 via NMTSS)

The tuition fee is as low as HK$18,110 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$91,850 - NMTSS HK$33,740 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).


A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.


Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:

Financial Assistance Schemes
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,740 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)


Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year

For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.

Connect with Us


Progarmme Coordinator    

Dr. Sandra Wong

Tel. no.

3928 2782



General Enquiries

Ms. Ming Wong

Tel. no.

3928 2485



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Registration No.: 253266. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.