Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)

mission statement

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a leading design education institution in Hong Kong under the Vocational Training Council (VTC), it committed to provide multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in its broad range of high quality and internationally recognized programmes, and cultivate knowledge, professionalism and new talents for the evolving creative industries.

HKDI adopts a “think-and-do” approach through contemporary curriculum and collaborations with industry, the comprehensive design programmes are enriched with activities to nurture strengths with creative thinking skills, cultural sensitivity and global perspectives.

As a leading design institution with an international outlook, HKDI attaches great importance to internationalisation as one of its key strategic pillars.  HKDI is a member of international design associations, including CUMULUS, icsid, IFI, ico-D and IFFTI, to connect the world design community.  HKDI has also been actively seeking collaborative and exchange opportunities with prominent design institutions around the world, with the objective of promoting the advancement of international understanding, academic excellence, dissemination of learning and strengthening the cultural ties.  


international role

HKDI offers top-up degree programmes with renowned overseas unversities which include: Birmingham City University, Nottingham Trent University, and London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. HKDI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two renowned universities - DOMUS (Italy) and China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)in China to form a long-term strategic partnership to foster design education to meet the need in the global world.

national role

Top-up degree programmes collaborated with overseas universities One of the key contributors to the quality of the HKDI course is the workplace attachments, which is an optional study for students and mostly conducted in the summer. It is planned that , due to the importance of the subject viewed by both the students and employers, the module is formalized with clearer measurable outcomes and assessement system to gain credibility and recognition by the industries. To connect the world design community, HKDI has joined as member of important design associations, including ICSID, IFI, ICOGRADA and IFFTI. Strategic partner of Business of Design Week (BODW), one of the largest annual design events in the world. HK Government invested in a purpose-built Campus of almost 40,000 sqm.

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 Design Foundation Studies, Communication Design and Digital Media, Fashion and Image Design, and Product and Interior 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 a variety of local and overseas universities, which include Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Nottingham Trent University, University for the Creative Arts and University of Lincoln. 

bachelor level programs

Degree programmes with Overseas Universities Birmingham City University BA (Hons) Interior Design BA (Hons) Product Design BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Communication) BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Moving Image) Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Fashion Design BA (Hons) International Fashion Business London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London BA (Hons) Fashion: Hair and Make Up BA (Hons) Fashion: Styling and Photography

master level programs


research activity and main areas

HKDI DESIS Lab for Social Design Research is a new cross-disciplinary action research group at HKDI, with the aims to set up a research platform of social design, an emerging field that advocates a new approach to design: ‘designers as enablers of social change’. It is part of the DESIS International Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) collaborating with over 40 DESIS Labs around the world. The network aims to advance international knowledge in design for the social good and develop social practice to benefit Hong Kong society.

Started in 2016, HKDI is working with various industry partners in establishing the Centre of Innovative Material and Technology (CIMT), which is a new HKDI initiative designed to serve all design disciplines within HKDI from interior design/construction materials to advanced fabrics, allowing inter-disciplinary design activities and knowledge exchange through multi-material applications.  The mission of the Centre is to act as a reference bureau, serving students, alumni, practicing professionals and the creative community through the provision of resource material in both physical and virtual format, as well as research projects with industry and academic partners on developing innovative materials and applications.

In addition, HKDI is conducting different research programmes on topics of Design Education, Curriculum Design, Design & Science, Cultural Studies and Sustainable Design, etc. with overseas academic partners.  

doctorate level programs


subject areas for exchange students

1.          Advertising Design

2.          Architectural Design

3.          Creative Media

4.          Digital Music and Media

5.          Exhibition Design

6.          Fashion Branding and Buying

7.          Fashion Design

8.          Fashion Image Design

9.          Film and Television

10.      Furniture and Lifestyle

11.      Product Design

12.      Interior Design

13.      Jewellery and Image Product Design

14.      Landscape Architecture

15.      Product Design

16.      Publication Design and Print Media

17.      Stage and Set Design

18.      Transmedia Design

19.       Visual Arts and Culture 


application deadlines

Autumn semester   by 31 March

Spring semester      by 30 August


teaching languages


semester dates

Autumn semester   September to January

Spring semester      January to May 


cost of living per month (studying and living)

Accommodation:    HKD5,500 / month (student dormitory)

Food:                     HKD3,500 / month

Transportation:       HKD2,000 / month

Others:                    HKD1,000 / month

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