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-centred 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.
- Application Timeline - Sep 2018 Entry
- Applications start: 26 Sep 2017
- First Round Review deadline: 12 Dec 2017
- Application deadline: 30 Apr 2018
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.
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 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
Following an introductory seminar, which initiates students in the Urban Environments ethos and approach, the first year of the programme is structured around three half-semester studio subjects, each of which is paired with a seminar subject that provides a knowledge base for the respective studio. Each project is undertaken in collaboration with a public- or private-sector partner, addressing spatial design challenges that emerge from the partner’s real-world operations and institutional culture. The final semester centres on a student-defined capstone design project that synthesises the learning of the programme.
Class delivery mode & duration
Seminars and workshops are normally held during the daytime on weekdays. Electives will be delivered during weekends. Each of the weekend subjects requires three weekends spread over 4–5 weeks. It normally takes 1.5 years to complete the specialism.
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.
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).
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).
- Number of credits: 36
- Normal Period of Study: 1.5 Years (full-time)
- Tuition: HK$144,000 (local) / HK$158,400 (non-local); Initial Programme Fee: Local student HK$16,000 (4 credits x HK$4,000)/ Non-local student HK$44,000 (10 credits x HK$4,400)
No scholarship is available for non-local students for 2018/19 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.
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Last updated January 8, 2018