Research Collaboration

1. Collaboration

Any persons, or organisations, interested in collaborating on School of Design’s Faculty-driven research and student work are free to direct their enquiries to the following contact persons.  Each contact will facilitate questions as well as redirect queries to the most appropriate department.

Level Instrument Contact Person
Student Projects MDes projects Dr. Jorn Buhring
Collaborating with PhD programmes Prof. Ilpo Koskinen
Faculty Research Leaders of the Initiatives Design Making: Dr. Clifford Choy
Design Economy: Dr. Jorn Buhring
Design Social: Peter Hasdell
Design Laboratories Lab Leaders
Intellectual Property Rights Dr. Jorn Buhring
General Overall queries Christine Tsin

2. Fee Schedule

A list of project prices and their breakdown is available, based on project type, level of work and Intellectual Property conditions.

Master of Design Collaboration

Two main collaboration opportunities are possible within the Master of Design program; Curricula and Capstone based projects. 

A. Collaboration Fee(s) - Curricula based projects

Master of Design fee structures averages between 50 000 to 150 000 HK$. Dependant on the nature of the projects, Curricula or Capstone based, project costs generally cover models, prototypes and exhibition material costs. Additional costs may be incurred for traveling and unforeseen expenditures. 

1. Deliverables for companies and industry

Companies and industry can expect the following deliverables form a Master of Design Collaborative project:

  • A detailed, research-based concept that is precise enough for detail design within the company or industry,
  • 8-12 students working on a project for about 4 weeks (50 000 HK$) to 13 weeks (150 000 HK$),
  • Students supervision by senior designers or university Professors facilitated by the university.
  • Briefing session, interim presentation, final presentation supplemented with report(s), slideshow(s), video and exhibition material. 
2. Fee structure

Generally, the fee structures are meant to cover:

  • Supervisor's salaries,
  • The School of Design’s overhead (32.5% in 2016),
  • Students' normal costs,
  • And other negotiable costs, inclusive of data collection trips, models, prototypes and exhibition(s). 
3. Intellectual Property (IP)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University retains ownership of all IP’s. The University does however make allowances for IP rights to be transferred to companies and corporates under separate and specified agreements. 

4. Contract

Contract work is explicit about aims, schedules, deliverables, contact points, stop and go procedures, pricing, IP’s and protocols for disagreements. 

5. Scheduling

Projects typically start in September and January of each year with negotiations usually commencing during the summer period [May, June, July], or, during December.

 

B. Collaboration Fee(s) - Capstone based projects

The capstone project is the final work through which a student demonstrates their skills as master[s] of design. As one of the most cost-effective way to collaborate with the University, the intellectual property rights of each student has to be protected through a contractual format. The capstone fee structure falls within the 120 000 HK$ price range. Additional costs include; possible costs of models, prototypes and exhibition material, with additional costs allocated for traveling.

Company and corporates may expect a detailed, research-based concept that is precise enough for detail design and company implementation. 

1. Deliverables for companies and industry
  • A student working on a project for about 5 months at 15 000 HK$ per month,
  • Students supervision by senior designers or university Professors facilitated by the university.
  • Interim presentation, final presentation supplemented with report, slideshow, video and exhibition material. 
2. Fee structure

Generally, the fee structures are meant to cover:

  • The School of Design’s overhead (32.5% in 2016),
  • Students' normal costs,
  • And other negotiable costs, inclusive of data collection trips, models, prototypes and exhibition(s). 
3. IP

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University retains ownership of all IP’s. The University does however make allowances for IP rights to be transferred to companies and corporates under separate and specified agreements. Students IPR’s may also be purchased by the company or corporate. 

4. Contract

Contract work is explicit about aims, schedules, deliverables, contact points, stop and go procedures, pricing, IP’s and protocols for disagreements. 

5. Scheduling

Capstone Projects typically start in March and April of each year with negotiations usually commencing during the December – February period. 

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