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Professional Diploma in Landscape Architecture

Professional Diploma Landscape Architecture

Department :

Department of Design and Architecture

Programme name : Professional Diploma in Landscape Architecture (PDLA)
Programme code : DS525105
Venue : THEi (Chai Wan Campus) - 133 Shing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong


Qualifications Framework This programme is recognised under Qualifications Framework (QF)
QF Level: 5 QR Registration No.: 22/000001/L5 Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2022 to 31/08/2025




This programme is one of the eligible programmes under Vplus Subsidy Scheme for supporting students admitted to designated part-time professional programmes offered by VTC. Vplus Subsidy Scheme is supported by the HKSAR Government for promoting lifelong learning of working adults to pursue higher qualifications gearing towards upward mobility. Successful applicants will be refunded 60% of the tuition fees of eligible programmes, subject to a maximum of $45,000 per person.


Programme Description

This professional programme prepares students for the profession by adopting a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. It incorporates essential understanding in environmental, cultural and social issues, and applies professional, ethical, and technical skills and knowledge for generating and executing plans to landscape planning, design, and solving management problems. Students will be equipped with the required intellectual, professional and practical skills that align well with the industry’s requirements in the increasingly complex and dynamic situation when developing the built environment in the community. Furthermore, it provides a professional qualification pathway to those in-service practitioners for career advancement.


Career Paths and Articulation Opportunities
On completion of this programme, graduates are equipped with necessary theoretical knowledge and professional skills in landscape architecture for professional advancement, such as landscape planning and design, landscape technology, visual communication and professional practice. Graduates can develop or advance their career in public sectors such as various government departments and private sectors like consultant firms, developers or contractors, to take up positions of landscape designers, assistant landscape designers, or project managers for managing tasks, for example, related to site and environmental analysis and project management.


Graduates will also have the opportunities to further their studies at the taught Master level or to register for research postgraduate degree programmes in the field of landscape planning and design. The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) in the UK supports and confirms that applicants holding qualifications/awards from THEi, including this programme, are eligible for admission to their Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MALA) programme.


Entry Requirements

Admission is on a competitive basis in which applicants are judged on their abilities to meet the entrance requirements of the programme. The programme's minimum admission requirements are as follows.

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, OR
  • A non-related Bachelor’s degree with minimum 1 year of relevant working experience in landscape architecture or related field, OR
  • A Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in a relevant discipline with minimum 2 years of relevant working experiences in landscape architecture or related field.


Medium of Instruction


Mode of Delivery and Programme Length

  • Part-time (weekday evening and/or weekend classes)
  • 24 months (4 semesters)


Students can opt for an accelerated mode by completing the programme within 18 months (3 semesters). The 18-month mode provides a fast-track option for students to accerlerate their study by taking extra modules in both Semester 2 and 3.


Tuition Fee and Caution Money (applicable to AY2024/25)

  • Tuition Fee: HK$99,000, after Vplus subsidy: HK$54,000 (SAVE HK$45,000)
  • Caution money: HK$400


Application Period

Applications for the cohort starting September 2024 is now OPEN and the main round application deadline is 30 June 2024.


Application Method

You can submit your application online, or submit paper application (please press here to download the paper application form). 



If you have questions about the programme, please contact Department of Design and Architecture (telephone no.: 3890 8323, email address:


Fees are subject to annual reviews. THEi reserves the right to cancel any programme(s)/class(es), revise programme content(s) or change the class commencement date(s)/class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.