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Higher Diploma in Game Software Development


The following section presents the information of Full Time Programmes offered in September 2018.

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Programme General Information

Type of Programme
Subvented Programme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Planned Places 60
Average result of admitted students in 2015 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to provide students with professional training in design, development and deployment of interactive computer games on mobile devices such as mobile phones and internet devices, with the emphasis on game software quality as well as multimedia technology. The programme will enhance students’ ability and competence to meet the needs of the fast-growing computer games and animation industry.
This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates may be employed as Mobile Game Software Developers and Designers, Mobile and Internet Systems Technical Officers, Mobile Commerce Application Programmers and Web Application Programmers, and move into posts such as Game Software Technical Manager, Internetworking Administrators, Web Masters and other managerial positions.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Degree programmes in local universities :
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Open University of Hong Kong
    • The University of Hong Kong
  2. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) :
    • Coventry University, UK
    • University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in UK and Australia
Professional Recognition
Recognition from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) is being sought.
  1. Average result in 2015 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2015 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 1
  • Database Principles
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement
Semester 2
  • Information Technology Essentials - Web
  • Mathematics for Computer Game Development
  • Game 3D Character Design
  • Digital Audio and Video Production
  • Game Engines for Game Development
  • Object Oriented Technology
  • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
Semester 3
  • IT Professionalism
  • C++ Programming and Data Structure
  • Software Development Project
  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
Semester 4
  • 2D / 3D Graphic Programming
  • Mobile Game Technology
  • Game Software Development and Assurance
  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Final Year Project
  • Enrichment Module
Semester 5
  • Game Servers Design and Implementation
  • Logical and Artificial Intelligence in Games
  • Advanced Game Software Technology
  • Final Year Project
  • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
Semester 3, 4 or 5
  • Industrial Attachment