Higher Diploma


Duration of Study

2 Year(s)

Mode of Study


The Higher Diploma in Illustration aims to equip students with creative and effective illustration skills including critical and analytical thinking, graphic manipulation, visual expression and concept visualisation. Areas of studies include visual language and expression, narrative skills, concept visualisation, media art, illustration appreciation, lettering and typography, and visualisation skills such as drawing, painting and computer graphics. Areas of contextual studies will include cultural studies, professional practice and entrepreneurship. The programme also provides professional level training in the observation, exploration of communication methodology and visual interpretation.

The programme provides a broad educational experience with creativity, project management, interpersonal communication and team-building skills which match industry demands for flexible, articulate graduates who are able to compete in a dynamic, fast-paced and ever-changing regional creative environment.


  • Higher Diploma in Illustration

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English and Communication: Workplace Interaction

MindShift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness

Information Technology Essentials – Smart Living

Creative and Design Thinking

Communication Design in Context: Illustration

Studio: Editorial Illustration

Workshop: Visual Language

Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports

English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence

Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement

Cultural Studies

Illustration Appreciation

Lettering and Typography

Studio: Narrative Illustration

Workshop: Print

English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations

Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement

Aesthetics and Semiotics

Studio: Concept Illustration

Workshop: Life Drawing

Enrichment Module

Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing

English and Communication: Reports

Communication Design Futures: Illustration

Independent Study: Proposal

Independent Study: Research

Studio: Contemporary Illustration

Workshop: Media Art

Professional Practice: Illustration

English and Communication: Promotional Materials

Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace

Portfolio Development

Graduation Project


In collaboration with School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) and UK universities in Communication Design. By first completing a two-year Higher Diploma and then a final year degree programme, students can earn a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in three years.
  • BA (Hons) Illustration #1

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art #2

#1 Introduction
Studying illustration opens the door to diverse careers in the creative industries. You will respond to ideas, explore narratives and work across a range of media, including 2D, 3D and moving image. Self-directed projects could range from editorial to narrative, 3D model-making to film, animation to artists’ books, providing excellent preparation for the commercial world.
Programme Features
Build your professional skills in illustration
We encourage you to create and develop your own personal visual language.  Through the research project module, you will be able to build your creative, professional and research skills, critical questioning and persuasion skills, and expand your ideas about what illustration can be and do.
More course details: https://www.shape.edu.hk/course/BA_Hons_Illustration
#2 Introduction
Fine Art is a dynamic subject that it can be showcased through collectives, galleries and public spaces. Contemporary art generates powerful new ideas and platforms for debate. Working as an artist is social, practical, and theoretical, and can involve you in an exciting range of cultural and educational activities everywhere.
Programme Features
High ranking
UWE is ranked 22nd in the UK for Fine Art (The Guardian University Guide 2023)
Board development areas
Fine Art develops your practice in a wide array of areas such as painting, sculpture, installation, performance, video and digital media. Graduates can become artists, designers, curators, arts administrators and educators.

More course details: https://www.shape.edu.hk/course/BA_Hons_Fine_Art


The Centre for Communication Design at Hong Kong Design Institute is an applied research and consultancy hub dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in all areas of graphic communication including typography, information design, advertising, user experience design, illustration, brand communications as well as printing and publishing. It acts as a knowledge exchange platform between staff, students as well as external organisations, tightly integrating practice, research, teaching and outreach activities.