Programme Content





This programme offers the opportunity to acquire a complete toolkit of skills for architectural design and production, and for students to discover their own voice as a designer.  You can learn to apply drawing techniques to the investigation and communication of architectural design, alongside computer-aided design and hands-on modelling and construction.

UK-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students


Programme Features

Studio learning
The teaching and learning strategy centres on the design studio and design projects.  The studio reflects the environment and working relationships common in professional design practice.

Diverse teaching staff
Not only the programme is taught by both lecturers from the University of Lincoln and SHAPE, the diverse teaching staff encompass individuals with a range of international qualifications, research and experience devoted to practice-based and research-engaged teaching.

You will have opportunities to exhibit your work through curating student-led exhibitions in the Graduate Show. Our students works were selected to exhibit at British Council SPARK Festival in 2019 and 2021.

25% of our outstanding students from this programme were awarded Government scholarships in 2021 and 2022. 

Employable graduates
100% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months. Our graduates have been employed as Architectural Trainee and Architectural Assistant by Aedas Ltd., Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects, Benoy Ltd., and LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd.


Comprehensive Design Project – Outline Design

This module aims to build on previous investigations, both formal and abstract, in brief making and other social, political, technical, or cultural research. It encourages the student to formulate a coherent design resolution at an appropriate level of ambition and complexity. In this module, students have the chance to employ their experience and understanding to construct a project theme, working method, focus, direction and output.

Comprehensive Design Project – Detailed Design

The Comprehensive Design Projects are the culmination of the programme, and this module can help to demonstrate students' skill in managing and resolving the complexities of contemporary architectural design within a range of perspectives, issues, and interests.

Architecture Research Projects 

Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are expected to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they progress.

Comprehensive Design Project – Technical Studies

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge and skills useful in-practice. Students have the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Global Professional Context

In today’s ever-changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the construction industry.



Design projects, coursework, preliminary technical study and written assignment, etc.



QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No.: 14/003288/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2014 - 31/08/2027


Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes. Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Holders of VTC Higher Diploma (HD) in Architectural Design.


  • Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject area (e.g. Architecture), awarded by a recognised institution, or equivalent experience will also be considered.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with portfolio review.

English Proficiency Requirements

An overall band score of at least 6.0 in IELTS, with no subtest score of less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Applicants having successfully completed a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree delivered and assessed in English by a recognised institution in Hong Kong will be considered to have met the English language requirement.

(VTC Higher Diploma graduates are exempted from the requirements.)



Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$93,590 by 2 instalments



A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.



“This programme allowed me to learn from UK lecturers and experienced the UK learning style without going abroad. I was also exposed to many events and exhibitions by overseas architects during my study at SHAPE. All these have developed my professional knowledge in architecture and has prepared me for further studies abroad. ”

Chung Ka Yee

BA (Hons) Architecture

  • HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2022-23



Financial Aids 
The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:

Financial Assistance Schemes
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $34,390 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $91,040
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,810
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 57,340
(Living expenses loan)


Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year

For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

100% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months. Our graduates have been employed as Architectural Trainee and Architectural Assistant by Aedas Ltd., Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects, Benoy Ltd., and LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd.



"The field trips of this programme allowed me to put knowledge into practice in real-life settings. The learning facilities, such as the studio, had greatly helped us with model and presentation panels making." 

Steven Wong

BA (Hons) Architecture

  • Architectural Assistant, LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd.


Further Studies

Some of our graduates pursued master’s degrees in architecture in reputable universities in Hong Kong (such as the University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Norway, Singapore and the Czech Republic. 


Project Showcase/ Awards/ Campus Life

Project Showcase



5 student works were selected to exhibit at British Council SPARK Festival 2021:

Partcipating students included Li Yu Sam, Samson, Wong Chor Ting, Zhuang Yuekun, Kemmy, Cheung Chung Ting, Jimmy and Liu Oi Ting, Clara. The first four students were also awardees of HKSAR Government Scholarships.


Student Awards


Graduation Ceremony




Connect with us


Programme Coordinator

Ms. Julia Mok

Tel. no.

3928 2827



General Enquiries

Mr. John Lo

Tel. no.

3928 2981



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Registration No. : 252460. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.