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Design Industry

Design industry in Hong Kong covers a wide range of job areas and is mainly engaged in media, visual and graphic design, fashion and accessories design, and industrial design. According to the latest information from the Census and Statistics Department, the number of employees in the design sector is about 16,000. The continuous innovation of design works has promoted the development of the local commercial economy. In addition, Hong Kong Design Centre organises the “Design Business Week” every year to gather design experts from all over the world to provide a professional communication platform for the industry and promote the development of the industry.

Duties

The Graphic designer is mainly responsible for art and print design and uses multimedia images and animation to design and promote company and product images. Their main tasks are as follow:

  • Responsible for designing books, magazines, posters, trademarks, packaging, promotional materials, web pages, etc.
  • Conceive layout design, arrange text and illustrations
  • Take pictures of portraits or landscape photos for design elements
  • Responsible for the art design of audio-visual products, film or television

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Work in the office generally

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Assistant graphic designer
Approximately $8,000-12,000
Experience 0-2 years
Graphic designer
Approximately above $20,000
Experience 3 years or above
Senior graphic designer
Approximately above $30,000
Experience 5 years or above

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in any tertiary institutions or Diploma in any registered post-secondary colleges, or above
  • Familiar with basic and related design software operations such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Good Chinese and English language skills

Duties

Fashion designers need a variety of abilities, from thinking of themes, styles, fabric selection, to tailoring and sewing, designing accessories and preparing makeup and hair styling for models. Their main tasks are as follow:

  • Collect information of fashion trends such as fashion shows and magazines
  • Conceive clothing design, design drawings, select colours, select fabrics, styles and other accessories, etc.
  • Supervise sample production, arrange fitting and adjust sample design
  • Consult with different departments, including buyers, production staff and buyers etc.
  • Control garment production costs to ensure products can meet the quality requirements

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Generally work in the industrial and commercial building

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Assistant designer
Approximately $8,000-$12,000
Experience 0-2 years
Fashion designer
Approximately above $18,000
Experience 3 years or above
Senior fashion designer
Approximately above $28,000
Experience 5 years or above

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in any tertiary institutions or Diploma in any registered post-secondary colleges, or above
  • Familiar with basic and related design software operations
  • Good Chinese and English language skills

Duties

Interior designers work in residential buildings, shops and commercial buildings, and provide professional interior design solutions as requested by customers. Their main tasks are as follow:

  • Develop and design blueprints based on overall indoor environmental factors such as light, space specifications, electronic and ventilation systems, etc.
  • Familiar with the application of various interior design materials such as wood, paint, glass and marble etc.
  • Use computer or model-assisted programmes to design and create ideal space for customers and enhance the quality of the indoor environment
  • Provide interior design consulting services, including design style, cost and construction period budget, etc.
  • Supervise the progress of the renovation work and discuss details with the contractors and workers

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Generally work in the industrial and commercial building

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Assistant interior designer
Approximately $8,000-$12,000
Experience 0-2 years
Interior designer
Approximately above $18,000
Experience 3 years or above
Senior interior designer
Approximately above $30,000
Experience 5 years or above

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in any tertiary institutions or Diploma in any registered post-secondary colleges, or above
  • Familiar with basic and related design software operations
  • Good Chinese and English language skills

Duties

Product designers are responsible for research, development and design of new products through market research. Their main tasks are as follow:

  • Responsible for the development of product design, participate in design investigation, and ensure the production is in progress
  • Develop a design blueprint for model or computer-aided design
  • Discuss the design content, estimated cost and construction period with the customer
  • Liaise with customers, salespersons and suppliers
  • Understand market trends and create more new products

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Generally work in the industrial and commercial building

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Assistant product designer
Approximately $8,000-$12,000
Experience 0-2 years
Product Designer
Approximately above $16,000
Experience 3 years or above
Senior Product Designer
Approximately above $26,000
Experience 5 years or above

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in any tertiary institutions or Diploma in any registered post-secondary colleges, or above
  • Familiar with basic and related design software operations

Duties

The forms of advertising design are becoming more diversified, from flat ads, 3D advertising, to different media. Therefore, it requires advertising designers to have good observation and creativity to cater to market changes and customer needs. Their main tasks are as follow:

  • Collect data for markets and different media
  • Analyse the number and types of people in communicating targets and evaluate the effectiveness of the ads in the promotion plan
  • Choose correct media for the client to pass the message to audience in the most effective way
  • Develop a schedule of advertisements, including media, audience, length, time of launch, cost, and other details
  • Create the story structure of the advertisement and finish the production with the shooting crew

Working hours

About 45 hours a week, irregular working hours

Working environment

Generally work in the industrial and commercial building

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Assistant advertising designer
Approximately $8,000-$12,000
Experience 0-2 years
Advertising Designer
Approximately above $18,000
Experience 3 years or above
Senior Advertising Designer
Approximately above $25,000
Experience 5 years or above

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree in any tertiary institutions or Diploma in any registered post-secondary colleges, or above
  • Familiar with basic and related design software operations
  • Good Chinese and English language skills

Duties

  • Specialize in producing tailor made garment
  • Discuss with customers on what is their preference of the garment
  • Measure customers and fit garments
  • Cut fabric and assemble garment parts
  • Change the garment style

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Work indoors

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Tailor
About $10,000 – 20,000
Assistant apparel
About $20,000 – 40,000
Apparel Designer
About $30,000 – 70,000

Entry requirements

  • Usually skills gained on the job

Examples of related training and courses

Higher Diploma / Associate Degree

  • Vocational Training Council – Higher Diploma in Fashion Image Design

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/admission/en/programme/de114303-higher-diploma-in-fashion-image-design/

  • Vocational Training Council – Higher Diploma in Costume Design for Performance

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/admission/en/programme/de114306-higher-diploma-in-costume-design-for-performance/

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