Art & Design in Education (BA)

Brief programme outline

This programme will not be offered from 2018/19. 

Programme Code 73460                             
Mode of Study Part-time
Fund Type Self-financed
Normal Duation 3-4 Years
Number of Credits 60-69*

*The Credits required for graduation will vary according to the Associate Degree/ Higer Diploma results and subjects taken of the student. 

Aims and objectives

This programme is tailored for working designers and art/design educators, engaging in-service professionals in developing new practices in a design-driven society. It aims to refine practitioners’ conceptual skills and practical knowledge in relevant disciplines, and facilitate the development of critical perspectives on the issues of design, culture and education in local contexts. The programme also engages educators and design practitioners in teamwork and developing new learning materials and content for our knowledge-based society.

Read more about the programme (in Chinese): 用藝術和設計去推動公眾教育


This programme’s main focus is on the provision of advanced art and design training at the practical and theoretical levels that are suitable to the local culture and its educational context. The programme offers opportunities in academic research and school-based educational development, as well as art and design experimentation in the workplace. 

Classes are on weekday evenings and/or weekends.

Programme structure


No. of Credits

General University Requirements (GUR)

9-18 credits

3 broadening subjects (including 1 designated as China-related)+, 3 credits each

9 credits

Up to 3 Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) subjects

(2 in English & 1 in Chinese), 3 credits each

(for students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree LCR
based on their prior sub-degree studies only)*

0-9 credits

Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR)
(refer to the table below)

51 credits

Compulsory: 13 subjects, 3 credits each

39 credits

Capstone Project: 2 subjects, 3 credits each 

6 credits

Thesis: 1 subject, 6 credits 

6 credits


60-69 credits

+ Within these subjects, students need to fulfil the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements.

* Students’ fulfilment of LCR will be assessed based on their academic records of sub-degree studies. They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission. 

Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR)

Subject Nature

Subject Area

Subject Title


Profession Specific Studies (any 4 subjects)

Aesthetic Development of Children & Young Adults

Art & Design Education in Contemporary China

Critical & Contextual Studies in Art & Design Education

Current Issues in Art and Design Education

Curriculum Issues in Art and Design Education

Design for Social Concern and Urban Pedagogy

Genesis and Development of Art and Design Education

Multiculturalism in Art & Design Education

Teaching & Learning Methods in Art & Design

Technological Impacts on Art & Design Education

Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Design, Culture and Theory (any 3 subjects)

Context & Change

Criticism & Taste

Cultural Identity

Overseas Study Trip

Society & the Individual

Art/ Design Studio (any 3 subjects)

Comparative Cultural Issues 

Communication & Expression 

Event Management

Information Design 

Styles & Politics

Ways of Seeing: Codes, Convention & Message

Research Studies (all 3 subjects)

English for Advanced Academic Writing

Professional Communication in Chinese for Design Studies

Research Methodologies in Art and Design Education

Capstone Project (all 2 subjects)

Negotiated Study

Negotiated Study I

Negotiated Study II



Final Thesis

Note: Subjects remarked with  have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.

Career prospects

This programme is offered by School of Design in collaboration with PolyU SPEED. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be conferred with the PolyU Academic Award.

Graduates can pursue careers as culturally sensitive designers and/or art and design educators (teaching up to post-secondary level) who can articulate design as a means of public education.

Discipline leader

Siu King Chung — Associate Professor, BFA, MA

Siu King Chung

SIU, King Chung is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Art and Design in Education Programme. He is an art & design commentator, an installation artist, an independent curator and is actively involved in arts policy and art/design curriculum development in Hong Kong. He writes on art, creativity, design, museum and education. He co-organized the 2006 and 2008 Creative Education Summit for the Home Affairs Bureau of HK. His recent research is on “lesser” design, information design, visual culture and museum methods. Since 2002, he has been involving in establishing a creativity-oriented senior secondary school in Hong Kong (

He produces experimental exhibitions and often participates in local and international creative and visual culture projects. For many years, he has been exploring ways to initiate collaboration among students, teachers, designers and artists through organizing exhibitions and publishing projects, such as "The Blackbox Exercise" series (June-Aug. 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 in Osaka, Japan, 2000, in Berlin, Germany) and the "Sentimental Education" series (July 1997 & July 98), which have given him chances to explore and develop possible forms and strategies for exhibition design, installation display, publication design and alternative museum practices.

He was former President of the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art (HKSEA) from 1998 to 2001. ( He co-founded the “Designs You Don’t Know What to Do With Association” ( and the "Community Museum Project" ( in 2002 & 2003 respectively.


Teaching staff