As the application of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other immersive art in various industries becomes increasingly widespread, the demand for art technology talents in the job market is growing. The Higher Diploma in Art Tech Design (HDATD) aims at equipping students with the necessary knowledge of art, culture, and technology, emphasising an innovative approach to art expression. It cultivates a new generation of creative talents by providing both theoretical and practical work-based training of artistic knowledge, art technology application skills, and business thinking to young professionals. Graduates are expected to be job-ready for related fields of art technology and creative industries, such as art curation, business design, and creative media production. They can also articulate to local UGC-funded undergraduate programmes, self-funded undergraduate programmes, or overseas undergraduate programmes.
Programme Structure
This is a 2-year full-time programme consisting of 19 courses.
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Writing Academic English
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Design Thinking for Creativity and Innovation
  • Introduction to Explainer
  • Fiction and Avatar Development
  • Data Visualisation Aesthetic
  • Culture and Style
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Literacy and Problem Solving
  • ART TECH Voyage
  • English for Business
  • Practical Chinese Writing
  • Gamification Theories and Practice
  • Emerging Technologies
  • User Experience Design (UI/UX)
  • Business Concepts and Entrepreneurship
  • Team Work and Collaboration
  • Final Year Project
Industry Partners
The programme is supported by leading corporations and organisations which offer students a range of activities and workplace experiences such as career mentorships, internships, company visits, workshops, and guest seminars. These initiatives aim to equip students with the necessary technical and soft skills to meet the demands of the future workforce.
Professional Recognition
Hong Kong Designers Association Membership
Student Membership
Students of the Programme are eligible to apply for student membership of HKDA.
*A Student Member may hold his membership for a maximum of five (5) years, depending on the duration of his studies. When the full-time studentship of a student member is completed, his membership shall cease.

Associate Membership
Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply for Associate membership of HKDA.
Qualification Awarded by HKBU
Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded the Higher Diploma in Art Tech Design by HKBU.
Internship and Mentorship
Students will have opportunities to participate in internships with renowned companies. They will also receive mentoring from experienced art tech professionals who will provide guidance on their professional and personal development.
Focus on Market Development Trend
The curriculum focuses on the latest developments in the art tech market such as XR applications ,gamification practices, and data visualisation aesthetics.
Articulation to Local and Overseas Undergraduate Programmes
Graduates may apply for admission to various undergraduate programmes including local UGC-funded programmes, self-funded programmes or programmes from overseas universities.
The College provides a wide range of facilities and services to enhance students’ learning and personal growth.
Libraries and Learning Commons
HKBU e-Learning Platforms
Medical and Dental Services
Counselling Support
Sports Facilities
Student Societies and Interest Clubs
Career Prospects
Graduates will be able to take up entry-level positions in Art Tech and media design sectors, such as

Junior content curators
Graphic designers
Web designers
Progression Pathways
Upon completion of the Higher Diploma in Art Tech Design, graduates may choose to enter the job market or articulate to the UGC-funded Senior Year Places (Year 3) through the non-JUPAS scheme to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Graduates can also articulate to the self-funded undergraduate programmes offered by the Division of Communication, HKBU CIE:
Admission Requirements
  1. Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects^ (including Chinese Language* and English Language); or
  2. Relevant and substantial work experience and/or prior qualification(s) obtained in or outside Hong Kong with demonstrated ability to undertake sub-degree education; or
  3. Successful completion of the Diploma of Applied Education or equivalent; or
  4. Other equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the School/College; or
  5. Applicants aged 21+ with acceptable qualifications to justify admission
^ If one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the minimum entrance requirement would be “Attained” in this subject and Level 2 in four other HKDSE subjects (including Chinese Language* and English Language). Level 2 in Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2) is recognised as one of the five HKDSE subjects. Applicants can use Applied Learning subjects for admission purposes.
* “Attained” or above in Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
The College provides a number of scholarships to recognise students with outstanding academic qualifications or other unique achievements.
Tuition Fee
The tuition fee of the two-year programme should be paid in 4 instalments with HK$29,925 per semester. One year in total: HK$59,850.
Application Methods
Current Year HKDSE Candidates
Applicants can apply through the Education Bureau’s E-APP system or CIE Online Application System.
Other Applicants
Applicants can apply through the CIE Online Application System.
Application Deadline
Deadline for Main Round Application - 2024/5/20
Deadline for Second Round Application - 2024/7/8
CIE Online Application System
Deadline for Local Applicants - 2024/8/8
Deadline for Non-local Applicants - 2024/6/30