Higher Diploma in Computer Studies (Mobile Applications and Game Development)

Introduction
HKCT Higher Diploma in Computer Studies (Mobile Applications and Game Development)
This programme puts a focus on mobile applications development and mobile game development. It will equip students with the essential knowledge and practical skills required for a developer in this field.
Professional Qualification

The programme is recognized by The Hong Kong Computer Society. Full-time mode students are qualified to be HKCS Student Member, and upon graduation, they may consider applying for Associate Member. 

Contents

Programme Contents
The modern applications of computer science, network and entertainment technologies in various industries have brought tremendous demand for programmers and multi-skilled developers. The Higher Diploma in Computer Studies (Mobile Applications and Game Development) puts a dual focus on mobile applications development and mobile game development. It will equip students with the essential knowledge and practical skills for developing the full-stack responsive web, native and cross-platform mobile applications and small-scale 2D/3D mobile games using contemporary technologies and development approaches. The programme aims to address the increasing demand for multi-skilled developers to support various kinds of development projects in software firms. It also prepares students for pursuing further studies in related fields.

Programme Features
To keep up with the latest trend of mobile applications and game development, this programme:

  • Puts a focus on the full-stack web and mobile applications development as well as the cross-platform mobile games development, preparing students for the need of the industry
  • Teaches the development of hybrid and native applications for Android and iOS platforms, allowing students to master the skills of different development approaches
  • Provide training on the use of the contemporary game engine and modelling software for developing 2D and 3D mobile games and game assets
  • Covers the specialized knowledge of multimedia computing necessary for students’ further study and future career development
  • Assessments are mainly in the form of practical assignments and projects. Students can apply what they learn to work environment

Featured Modules

  • Java Programming
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Database Systems
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Technology for Web Development
  • PHP Application Development
  • Open Mobile Software Design
  • Proprietary Mobile Software Design
  • Cross Platform Mobile Application Development
  • Game Asset Development
  • 2D Mobile Game Development
  • 3D Mobile Game Development
  • Final Year Project
 
Graduation Path
  • Graduates can articulate to bachelor degree programmes related to computer studies or digital entertainment (The bachelor degree programmes can be completed within a year.)
  • Graduates can seek employment towards a career in the following roles at a junior level: Mobile Application Developer, Web Developer, E-Commerce Developer, Multimedia Developer, Game Designer and project management personnel

Articulation Agreement with: 

Leeds Beckett University

Abertay University

Internship

Students have opportunities to join Hong Kong/China/Overseas placement and exchange. 

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to be conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students’ safety)

Commencement of Study

September 2023

Duration

2 Years

Location
Entry Requirements
  1. Attained Level 2 in 5 HKDSE subjects, including Chinese and English [each applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects at “Attained” level as equivalent to Level 2 in the application]; or 
  2. Pass in 1 A-Level or 2 AS-Level subjects (with 5 passes in HKCEE subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language); or 
  3. Holder of Diploma Yi Jin; or 
  4. Holder of Diploma for Tertiary Studies; or 
  5. Holder of Pre-Associate Degree; or 
  6. Holder of Diploma and 
    - the qualification should be awarded by one of the local or overseas recognised tertiary institutions / post-secondary colleges; and 
    - the length of study is at least 450 teaching hours; or 
  7. Aged 21 or above with 1 year working experience; or 
  8. Equivalent qualifications; 
    AND 
  9. Pass the admission interview. 
Student Words

Choi Chun Kit
"Learning in HKCT was a pleasant experience for me. I have learnt different development approaches for different kinds of apps and games in this programme. I developed a web with my classmates to promote smart spending in The Chin Family Personal Finance Ambassador Programme and won the Excellent Financial Education Project Bronze Award. I enjoyed the internship opportunity to work as a mobile app developer in the science park. I had the honour to receive the EBD SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship. After graduation, I chose to further study and major in computing and interactive entertainment at university to pursue my dream of being a game developer. "

Lo Ho Dan

"HKCT offered nice teaching environment and facilities which improved my academic knowledge and working ability. HKCT also supplied us with different career-related information through company visits and seminars which enhanced my understanding about the industry and market needs. Social workers in HKCT were also willing to give valuable advice and guidance about my career development. "

Tuition Fees and Assistance

Year 1: $55,749 Year 2: $61,290

The tuition fee above is under 2022/23 Cohort.

This programme is subsidised under Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP). In the 2022/2023 academic year, a subsidy of up to $22,120 per academic year will be provided to each eligible local student admitted to this non-laboratory-based programme. The first-year tuition fee after subsidy is $32,751. HKCT offers the lowest tuition fee after deduction of SSSDP maximum subsidy when comparing with other institutions’ higher diploma programmes in the same discipline. The tuition fee and subsidy amounts in 2023/24 are to be confirmed.

QF Level
QF Level
The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level:4
QR Registration No.:18/000256/L4
Registration Validity Period:1/9/2018 to 31/8/2025
Other Information

For applicants do not meet the entrance requirement, they may apply for 1-year Diploma first (listed below), and articulate to this higher diploma programme after graduation.

Disclaimer
Tuition fees and subsidies are to be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors.
This programme is subsidised under Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP). In the 2022/2023 academic year, a subsidy of up to $22,120 per academic year will be provided to each eligible local student admitted to this non-laboratory-based programme. The first-year tuition fee after subsidy is $32,751. Only local students are eligible for the subsidy under SSSDP.