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Diploma in Communication Design and Practice

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
02 Sep 2024 (Mon)
12 months
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Total course fee: $39,800 in 2 instalments ($27,860 & $11,940)
3762 0084
2151 0720
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This programme focuses on equipping junior graphic design practitioners and students without proper training in the field with both design fundamentals and practical skills in visual communication. It will enable them to use the creative process of design as a means of problem-solving and let them understand the role of communication designer through practice.

QF Level

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QF Level: 3

QR Registration No.: 22/000252/L3

Validity Period: from 01 Jun 2022 - on-going

The part-time programme consists of 6 modules consisting of lectures arranging on weekday evenings. Out-of-classroom activities which are beneficial to students, such as workshops, seminars and site visits will be arranged with industry partners but participation are voluntary.

Programme Details

On completion of the programme, students should be able to: 

  1. access the role of design elements and language in effective visual communication; 
  2. apply basic design software skills to create a variety of digital artefacts; 
  3. apply art direction for a variety of media in workplace; 
  4. communicate with professionals to evaluate design issues;  and
  5. produce self-directed design portfolio

Assessment and Award:

  1. Assignments - individual assessment and group projects
  2. Presentations on case studies 

A ‘Diploma in Communication Design and Practice’ will be awarded within HKU system through HKU SPACE to students who have satisfactorily completed the programme.

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Days / Time
  • Mon, Thu, 7:00pm - 10:00pm


Programme Structure




Communication Design Principles and Visual Literacy



Introduction to Design Theories and Visual Cultures



Digital Image and Type



Production Technique and Process for Communication Design



Collaborative Design Project



Design Project Management and Creative Practice in Hong Kong


  Total 60

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Application Fee


Course Fee
  • Total course fee: $39,800 in 2 instalments ($27,860 & $11,940)

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

(i) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in 5 subjects including Chinese Language and English Language;
(ii) have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in 3 subjects, and Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language*;
(iii) have a certificate in art and design, media studies, or visual communication studies from a recognised institution,
(iv) be aged at least 21 and have at least 1 year of relevant work experience in graphic design.

Applicants shall have an aptitude for art and may be required to attend an admission interview with a portfolio presentation as appropriate.

*With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognises Grade E, previously awarded for Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)) at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in these two subjects at HKCEE. 


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Diploma in Communication Design and Practice
COURSE CODE 32L138891 FEES Total tuition fee $39,800, 2 instalments ($27,860 & $11,940) ENQUIRY 2910-7607

Continuing Education Fund

All modules of the programme are CEF reimbursable.

Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Diploma in Communication Design and Practice

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])


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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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