Higher Diploma in

Game Software Development

  • Offering Campus(es)

    Type of Programme

    Subvented Programmes
    Self-financed Programmes

    Offering Campuses


    (Planned Places)

    • cw
    • lw
    • st
    • ty
    • tm
    • mh
    • kt

    Program Aims

    This programme aims to provide students with professional training in design, development and deployment of 2D and 3D interactive games on mobile and internet devices, with an emphasis on game software quality as well as recent gaming technologies such as AR and VR. The programme will enhance students’ ability and competence to meet the needs of the fast-growing computer games 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.

    Duration of Study

    2 Years

    Mode of Study


    Career Prospects

    Graduates may be employed as Mobile Games and App Developer, Game Software Developers and Designers, Unity Programmer, Interactive Programmer, Game Software Frontend Developer, UI/UX Designer and Web Programmers, and move into posts such as Game System Engineer, Game and IT Project Manager, Web Masters and other managerial positions.

    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 / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.



    1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) 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. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).

    4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.


    Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes:

    1. Local degree programmes offered by VTC's member institution:    
      • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
    2. 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
    3. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus):
    4. Other Universities in the UK and Australia


    For more details concerning the articulation arrangements, please visit here.

    Professional Recognition

    The programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Computer Society as satisfying the academic requirements for its Associate membership.


    Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.

  • Total Semester

    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 - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
    Semester 2
    • Mathematics for Computer Game Development
    • Game 3D Character Design
    • C++ Programming and Data Structure
    • Game Engines for Game Development
    • Agile Programming and Software Development Project
    • Object Oriented Technology
    • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
    Semester 3
    • Information Technology Essentials - Web
    • IT Professionalism
    • C++ Programming and Data Structure
    • Agile Programming and Software Development Project
    • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
    Semester 4
    • 2D / 3D Graphic Programming
    • Advanced Topics in Game Technologies
    • Game Software Development and Assurance
    • English and Communication : Reports
    • Final Year Project
    • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
    • Enrichment Module
    Semester 5
    • Game Servers Design and Implementation
    • Logical and Artificial Intelligence in Games
    • Mobile Applications and Games Technology
    • Final Year Project
    • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing

    Note :

    Industrial Attachment will be arranged at an appropriate time during the period of study between Semester 3 - 4.

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