HK PolyU School of Design

Introduction

About PolyU Design

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.

Rankings

PolyU Design has been consistently ranked as one of the top design schools ('The Best Design Schools in the World') in the world by BusinessWeek magazine since 2006.

  • In 2009, BusinessWeek 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 from Design Schools Hub.
  • In 2016, the School is ranked one of the top in Asia and the 21st in the world on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design. It is also listed as one of the Special Mentioned Graphic Design Schools in the World from Design Schools Hub.
  • In 2017, the School is ranked one of the top in Asia and the 27th in the world on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design.

Notable alumni

  • Dennis Chan 陳瑞麟 - jewellery; product

  • Eric Chan 陳秉鵬 - product

  • Kade Chan 陳柏熹 - origami; product

  • Raman Hui 許誠毅 - film; animation

  • Keung Hung 洪強 - media arts; education

  • Kit Hung 洪榮杰 - film; education

  • Freeman Lau 劉小康 - art; product; branding

  • Gigi Leung 梁詠琪 - singing; songwriting; acting

  • Henry Lau 劉志華 - fashion

  • Rebecca Lee 李樂詩 - explorer

  • Tony Leung 梁家輝 - film; acting

  • Tommy Li 李永銓 - branding

  • Anthony Lo - car design

  • Alice Mak 麥家碧 - artist; cartoonist

  • Vivienne Tam 譚燕玉- fashion

  • Paul Wong 黃貫中 - composing; songwriting; singing

  • Timmy Yip 葉錦添 - film; costume design

  • Kitty Yuen 阮小儀 - tv; radio

Human-centered design

We stand at the junction of art and science, with a philosophy of offering high-quality design education and producing high impact research and consultancy work in both pure and applied nature. While we appreciate the highest ideals of art, we believe in the creation of human-centric products, brands and services, which are relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs now and in the near future. Our approach provides a robust research foundation in design to support these ideas.

The School’s extraordinary 50-year legacy of scholarship and research in the midst of the dynamism of Asia assures us a bright future. Our highly diverse design expertise includes Product Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design, Digital Media, Interior Design, Environment Design, Urban Design, International Design and Business Management, Design Management, Innovation Leadership, Design Strategy and Interaction Design.

We nurture nearly 1,400 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with some 50 of them being PhD students. The School provides a high level, a well-equipped environment that includes significant research infrastructure with eight laboratories and a variety of first-class technical workshops in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). We believe new premises drive new thinking. That is why the School has launched the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, the first of its kind in Asia, to actively foster new approaches and new fields of design expertise.

Our Values

The School’s research and academic programmes are governed by our core values:

  1. Developing an Open Mind Frame;
  2. Steering Positive Change;
  3. Establishing Visionary Entrepreneurship;
  4. Practicing Authentic Expression; and
  5. Designing Responsibly
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET)

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2018 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 cross-disciplinary media applications and technologies. [+]

About

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 cross-disciplinary 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 the creative thinking and designing content. In Social, Mobile and Internet, students learn about how cutting-edge technologies impact digital entertainment.... [-]


Master

Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 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. 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. [+]

About

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 2018 Entry Applications start: 26 Sep 2017 First Round Review deadline: 12 Dec 2017 Application deadline: 30 Apr 2018 Aims ... [-]

Master of Design (MDes) Design Strategies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 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. [+]

About

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.... [-]


Master of Design (MDes) Interaction Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have a 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. [+]

About

The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have a 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.

Application Timeline - Sep 2018 Entry Applications start: 26 Sep 2017 First Round Review deadline: 12 Dec 2017 Application deadline: 30 Apr 2018 Aims ... [-]

Master of Design (MDes) International Design and Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 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. Globalisation in business and education has rapidly diminished boundaries between countries, cultures, and economies. [+]

About

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 the 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.... [-]


Master of Design (MDes) Urban Environments Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 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. 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. [+]

About

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 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.... [-]


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

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

Kowloon, HK