Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

HK PolyU School of Design

Program Description

Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

HK PolyU School of Design

Is This Programme for You?

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.

Application Timeline - Sep 2019 Entry

  • Applications start: 27 Sep 2018
  • First Round Review deadline: 14 Dec 2018
  • Application deadline: 30 Apr 2019
Student presenting at Global Grad Show / Global Grad Show


Programme 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 programme responds to the world’s industrial and technological transformation. 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.

Design solution responding to the lifestyle transformation in Asia / PolyU Design


Programme 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 problem-solving
  • cultural considerations as well as business & technology
  • customers’ needs and goals
  • design entrepreneurship and brand creation


Programme Structure

Primarily a studio experience, some projects will be sponsored by leading companies with real business context provided as the base for collaborative workshops. This is a full-time, intensive one-year programme. Theory and method subjects are delivered during weekends over four consecutive weeks each. A "capstone project" concludes the year with an experience that synthesizes learning in a real-world setting.

Design Practices (MDes): a hands on and studio experience / PolyU Design


1-year Full-time On-campus Taught Postgraduate Programme

Classes are normally held during daytime on weekdays except for three subjects, which will be delivered during weekends. Each of these weekend subjects requires three weekends spread over 4–5 weeks.

Normally it takes 1 year to complete the specialism.


Who Are Eligible to Apply?

A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline and professional experience in design is preferred.


A Complete Application Includes

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation (Academic/ Profession)
  • Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. Official Full Transcripts and Degree Certificates
  • Portfolio (refer to FAQ for requirements and submission)
  • IELTS/ TOEFL report*

* If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Admission Process: Interview

All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in person (for local applicants) or over internet video calls (for non-local applicants).

Financial Aid

No scholarship is available for non-local students for 2019/20 admissions. For local residents, two types of financial aid are available through the Government's Student Finance Office: (1) Continuing Education Fund and (2) Extended Non-means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS).

Some subjects in MDes scheme are included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses for local residents. For further information on CEF or reimbursable courses list, please visit CEF official website. Extended Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offers interest-bearing loans to eligible students for covering tuition fees. For details of the scheme, please refer to the Government’s website.


Type of VISA (for International Students)

The People's Republic of China and foreign nationals may join the full-time programme provided either they apply for and receive a Student VISA, or they may join the part-time programme if they are holding a valid work permit or dependent VISA from the Hong Kong Administrative Region Immigration Department. School of Design will provide assistance in this regard.

Local and non-local students from the Mainland, other parts of Asia and rest of the world / PolyU Design

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2, 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
183,600 HKD
Information
Deadline
Apr. 30, 2019
Locations
Hong Kong - Kowloon
Start date : Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2019
End date June 30, 2020
Dates
Sept. 2, 2019
Hong Kong - Kowloon
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2019
End date June 30, 2020