HK PolyU School of Design

Introduction

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong since 1964. The School thrives on its geographical position in bridging the East and the West, allowing its students to develop their design strengths with a uniquely international cultural awareness at both professional and social levels. PolyU Design is ranked one of the Top Design Schools in the World by BusinessWeek, and the only School in Asia among the Top 25 in the world by Business Insider. In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2015, the School is ranked top in Asia and 24th globally in the area of art and design.

PolyU Design Jockey Club Innovation Tower

In 2014, PolyU Design sets a major milestone as it relocates to the Jockey Club Innovation Tower. Through the building, an iconic form designed by Pritzker Prize award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the School aims to push multi-disciplinary studies and design-driven innovation.

Zaha Hadid - PolyU Design Jockey Club Innovation Tower Opening

PolyU Design's research and academic programmes are governed by our core values 1) Be Open-minded; 2) Steer Positive Change; 3) Be Entrepreneurial; 4) Be Authentic; 5) Be Responsible. We are actively engaged in applied research and consulting with a range of topics covering areas of Asian Ergonomics and Asian Lifestyle, Universal Design, and Interaction and User Experience Design. Academic programmes are offered at higher diploma, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.

Public Design Lab, PolyU Design

Famous designers who graduated from PolyU Design include Raman Hui (Animation), Freeman Lau (Branding, Art), Vivienne Tam (Fashion), Anthony Lo, (Automotive), Yip Kam-tim (Film), Dennis Chan (Jewelry), among others.

International Standings

PolyU Design has been consistently ranked as one of the top design schools in the world since 2006.

  • In 2009, BusinessWeek magazine rated our Master of Design (Design Strategies) programmes one of the World's 30 Best Design Thinking Programmes.
  • In 2013, PolyU Design became the only School from Asia on Business Insider's World's Best 25 Design School list.
  • In 2015, the School is ranked 1st in Asia and 24th in the world on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject 2015 - Art and Design.
  • It is also listed as one of the Top 10 Best Industrial Design Schools in the World Design Schools Hub.
Lecture Theatre - PolyU Design
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Master

Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. [+]

The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. Designers with a Bachelor’s degree in product design, fashion design, interaction design, architecture, product engineering, interior design or communication design may find Design Practices to be a logical next step in their professional development. Aims This specialism focuses on design as a strategic tool for the consumer economy. Interdisciplinary projects embrace business strategy and brand development, identifying opportunities for innovation and user experience. This full-time international program responds to the world’s industrial and technological transformation with a focus on China. The development of a high level of research, analysis, strategic vision, aesthetics, and technical mastery in development, fabrication and commercialization of design prepares students for leadership roles. Objectives This specialism seeks to join practical strategies for innovation with formal aspects of design development, by making design through: real-world project development teamwork approaches to problem solving cultural considerations as well as business & technology customers’ needs and goals design entrepreneurship and brand creation Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline and professional experience in design is preferred. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2016/17) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design. Scholarships (offered by MDes full-time specialisms) On a competitive basis, to off-set 25%–50% of tuition – applicable to all non-local students and PolyU Design alumni who accepted an admission offer. Admission Dates Application Period Starts: 25 Nov 2015 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2016 Application Deadline: 29 Apr 2016 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2016 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Design Strategies

Campus Full time 1.5 years September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Design Strategies) is directed at people who are established in their careers and wish to deepen and enhance their strategic thinking and methods by integrating design, business, and technology. [+]

The Master of Design (Design Strategies) is directed at people who are established in their careers and wish to deepen and enhance their strategic thinking and methods by integrating design, business, and technology. The specialism is intended for both design and non-design professionals with solid working experience in or related to the areas of design, such as communication, brand management, production, marketing, engineering or teaching. Those who are considering becoming entrepreneurs, taking on more responsibility for design-led business development, or translating new technology into designed experiences and practical applications will benefit from this specialism. Design Strategies was rated as one of the World’s Best Design Thinking Programs by BusinessWeek. Aims This specialism seeks to locate design strategically in the context of business and technology by exploring best practices as shown in case studies, human-centered explorations to identify previously unrecognised user needs and desires, comparative analyses of business opportunities, successes, and failures, analyses of branding strategies, and with particular attention to the local context of transforming original equipment manufacture (OEM) to original design manufacture (ODM), and finally to own brand management (OBM). The specialism is applicable to both business and nonprofit organisations and extends across local and global issues. Objectives This specialism seeks knowledge in design that facilitates the integration of design, technology and business by: creating value by design applying design to business development transforming OEM/ ODM to OBM branding products and services for domestic and international markets exploring culture differences and issues in local and global contexts understanding customers’ needs and goals Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent; and a minimum of two years of professional experience in a design related field is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2016/17) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design. Admission Dates Application Period Starts: 25 Nov 2015 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2016 Application Deadline: 29 Apr 2016 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2016 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Interaction Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. [+]

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. Those with a Bachelor’s degree in design (visual communication, product, digital media, or environmental design), communication, information technology, or even psychology may find interaction design to be the next step in their professional development. Aims This specialism seeks to enhance human ability and life through the design of innovative, interactive and experiential ideas, based on a synthesis of human thought patterns and habits with technical means. A combination of theory, planning strategies, research, and technical skills provide the foundation for workshops that explore emerging aspects of interaction design, based on human needs and pleasures as well as technological development. Objectives This specialism seeks to join theory and action by: putting people first in the people/technology equation — explore human-centredness understanding active communication processes on which interactivity is built learning methods for analysis and construction of interaction design working across communication technology, product interface, and service systems focusing on one of the above as an alternative focus developing a holistic approach to human-centred interaction that includes problem or opportunity identification, research, prototyping and execution Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2016/17) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design. Scholarships (offered by MDes full-time specialisms) On a competitive basis, to off-set 25%–50% of tuition – applicable to all non-local students and PolyU Design alumni who accepted an admission offer. Admission Dates Application Period Starts: 25 Nov 2015 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2016 Application Deadline: 29 Apr 2016 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2016 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

Master of Design (MDes) International Design and Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

ID&BM is a multidisciplinary specialism based on an integrative design thinking management approach, pulling together professional knowledge in the areas of design, business and technological fields to achieve "managing design as a competitive strategy" in an international business setting. [+]

ID&BM is a multidisciplinary specialism based on an integrative design thinking management approach, pulling together professional knowledge in the areas of design, business and technological fields to achieve "managing design as a competitive strategy" in an international business setting. Globalisation in business and education has rapidly diminished boundaries between countries, cultures, and economies. ID&BM will provide a ‘meeting point’ for students and faculties amongst the collaborative institutes from different regions of the world, which enables cross-cultural and -disciplinary project teams to solve and manage real-life design, business and technical problems. ID&BM is targeting intakes distributed across Hong Kong, mainland Chinese and international students, and across design, business and technological fields. Aims ID&BM aims to nurture "T-shaped professionals" with high-level competencies to better understand and manage global business dynamic and to function in and contribute to design-sensitive and technological-intensive business environments. These competences enable students to lead the transformation of their respective local enterprises and to challenge existing mindset in technological innovations, product and service designs from an integrative design thinking management approach. Ultimately, ID&BM aims to create an impact at the regional and global levels by meeting future talents demand of well balanced business developers, entrepreneurs, products and services innovators. Objectives Students, irrespective of their disciplinary background, learn together to nurture a new mindset and attitude where cross-disciplinary stimulation is the foundation of innovation. They will: Apply theories and concepts of the three domains underpinning this specialism Evaluate cultural differences and their implications for leadership and effective management of design and business activities Identify and evaluate the means by which value creation may be managed - Participate effectively in the design, implementation and comprehensive evaluation of projects involving multidisciplinary and multicultural teams Demonstrate the ability to view, frame and resolve design issues by adopting multiple perspectives Understand and perform the integrative design thinking roles of a T-shaped professional in business environment Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in Design, or Business, or Technological fields, or the equivalent in a related discipline preferably with 2 years relevant professional experience. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented with substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2016/17) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design. Scholarships (offered by MDes full-time specialisms) On a competitive basis, to off-set 25%–50% of tuition – applicable to all non-local students and PolyU Design alumni who accepted an admission offer. Admission Dates Application Period Starts: 25 Nov 2015 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2016 Application Deadline: 29 Apr 2016 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2016 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Urban Environments Design

Campus Full time 1.5 years September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Urban Environments Design) draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design. [+]

The Master of Design (Urban Environments Design) draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design. In line with the School’s human-centered critical approach to environment design, this studio-based specialism integrates the design of multiple scales and typologies of urban environments. Urban Environments Design focuses on the analysis and design of hybrid and composite interior environments, urban public spaces and urban systems and strategies. Aims This full-time international postgraduate programme responds to the unprecedented urban transformations occurring during the past few decades in Hong Kong and China. Urban Environments Design aims at the development of a high level of intellectual and practical mastery of the analysis and design of diverse urban environments in the region, with broader implications for urban contexts worldwide. The approach of the Urban Environments Design is based on an understanding of socio-cultural dynamics of the regional context transferred into new design strategies and design interventions. Objectives This specialism seeks to unite practical approaches for innovation in urban strategies with formal aspects of urban environment design, through: Real-world project development Teamwork approaches to problem solving Socio-cultural and aesthetic considerations Reflecting critically and analytically on the urban environment value creation by design within the urban environment A critical understanding of contemporary urban transformations in China Definition of strategic approaches to urban environment design Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in a spatial design field or the equivalent in a related discipline (e.g. interior design, environment design, landscape design, architecture, urban design) is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented with substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2016/17) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to – applicable to graduates of QS world’s top universities for art & design. Scholarships (offered by MDes full-time specialisms) On a competitive basis, to off-set 25%–50% of tuition – applicable to all non-local students and PolyU Design alumni who accepted an admission offer. Admission Dates Application Period Starts: 25 Nov 2015 First Round Review: 20 Jan 2016 Application Deadline: 29 Apr 2016 Interview: Mid Feb to May 2016 Announcement of result: 2 weeks after interview [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET)

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2016 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET), offered by the School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a world-renowned multimedia programme that explores crossdisciplinary media applications and technologies. [+]

The Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET), offered by the School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a world-renowned multimedia programme that explores crossdisciplinary media applications and technologies. Students learn about the multimedia industry, creative processes for developing innovative ideas, the application of emerging technology in media, and entrepreneurial skills to successfully see a project from conception to completion. The programme offers three constantly adapting streams: Game Development; Applied Design Psychology; and Social, Mobile and Internet. In Game Development, students learn the latest in game design techniques, whilst in Applied Design Psychology, students gain insight into creative thinking and designing content. In Social, Mobile and Internet, students learn about how cutting edge technologies impact digital entertainment. The Three Pillars The MScMET programme is comprised of three distinctive pillars. The first is the diverse faculty of world-class scholars and industry specialists who bring a wealth of local and international expertise. Students obtain first hand theoretical and applied knowledge across multiple industries. Through faculty connections, students gain opportunities for their studies and career development. The second pillar is the programme’s commitment to supporting students in becoming balanced, forward-thinking individuals. Through engaging teaching methods, each student is guided towards becoming a creative and critical thinker, in touch with their intuition and capable of pursuing their future with confidence. The third pillar is the fostering of an entrepreneurial mindset in students. Skills learnt throughout the programme can be applied to personal projects, professional design work, and research. Through our programme, students gain fundamental skills to conceptualise and implement their designs. Optional courses are offered for those who wish to pursue their own start-ups. Future Success and Opportunities The future success of students is a key focus of the MScMET programme offered by the School of Design, which was named one of the world’s top 25 best design schools by Business Week. In addition, founded in 2000, the MScMET is one of the longest running multimedia programmes in the world. The programme offers opportunities through providing the latest technology, state of the art facilities, and a central location in Hong Kong and Asia. Our students and faculty are actively engaged in activities and research taking place in the Digital Entertainment Lab, Co-Creation Institute, Sound Studio, and Play|Space. Students can also collaborate with others outside of the programme, such as with Master of Design students and faculty, on various multimedia projects. Being based in Asia offers students incredible opportunities as Hong Kong is a multicultural city that serves as a focal point for innovation in the region. Students of the MScMET programme are guaranteed a relevant degree from one of the world’s most established schools. Supported by the faculty, SD and PolyU, students graduate as capable, inspired designers adept in management and creative thinking, with each student capable of commanding their own, bright future. Aims The programme is for those who are keen to lead in the digital entertainment industry. It is designed to open creative possibilities in the minds of the students by exploring cross-disciplinary media applications and technologies. Through theories and project-based modules, students are encouraged to look afresh into all aspects of how media impacts our lives, ranging from technological innovation and development for human-machine interfaces to creative content design for digital entertainment. The course starts with the building blocks of human psychology, game design, and on-line entertainment and encourages students to look beyond technology by finding value in innovation to shape the path of what digital entertainment can become. The MSc program develops a balanced level of expertise through delivery of subjects that overview the multimedia domain from design to technology. Upon completion of the MScMET programme, students will be able to have the following skills: Professional / Academic Knowledge Skills The ability to conceptualize, design and develop innovative multimedia products and applications Understand the relationship humans have with media, from physical and psychological to social and cultural Proficiency with design research methods Optimally deliver designed products/concepts through a coordinated communication and implementation plan Generic Skills for All-roundedness The ability to generate planning and coordination strategies The ability to create and communicate effective ideas Interpersonal skills needed to collaborate with those from other disciplines Creative insight and critical thinking skills for sustained future growth beyond the university [-]

Videos

Shattered Communities - A Project from Embedded Interaction Design Workshop 2014/15

Design Practices (MDes) Capstone Presentation 2014

My intake question for PolyU by Anoeshka Krijnen

Interaction Design (MDes) Demonstration Project Presentation 2014

AIRNET: Creating a breathable future by Jimmy Lam and Winter Ge

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General Office of School of Design
V810, 8/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Block V),
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Location address
General Office of School of Design
V810, 8/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Block V),
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Kowloon, HK