Product Design (BA)

Career prospects

Students can pursue various choices of careers upon graduation. They will be industrial / product designers, product stylists, concept innovators, design managers, entrepreneurs, designers for product manufacturers and trading companies or employed by product design consultancies.

Aims and objectives

The programme is to prepare students for a professional career in the design and development of products and product related services. They will learn to identify and solve the problems of product design innovatively and systematically with sensitivity to humanistic, environmental and social concerns. It will equip learners with knowledge in fundamental design skills, general knowledge in academic literacy and a fundamental understanding of business. 

The objective of this programme is to enable learners to devise products and services based on user-oriented research, markets analysis, technology opportunities, ergonomic criteria, engineering knowledge, business awareness, cultural appreciation and social responsibility to meet the emerging needs of both the market and society of Hong Kong, the rapid evolving Pearl River Delta region and throughout Asia.


Is Product Design for you?

You have a passion for creating new products and items. You have a good sense of proportion, colour and composition, and good visualisation skill.

You are a creative and independent thinker, but also have the ability to work with others in a team.

You are willing to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills such as different materials, prototyping and model making process, computer aided design, production methods, and design business.

You are openminded, flexible and adaptable.

You have a good communication skill in English.

Programme structure

Students of the 4-years programme are required to complete a total
124 credits in order to graduate; including 30 credits earned completing
General University Requirements subjects, 20 from Common
Compulsory Subjects, and 74 from Discipline-Specific and Elective
Subjects. Senior year students are required to complete a total of 62–63
credits for graduation.

General University Requirements (30 credits)

- Cluster-Area Requirements subjects
- Healthy Lifestyle (non-credit bearing)
- Freshman Seminar
- Language and Communication Requirements credits
- Leadership and Intra-personal Development
- Service Learning

Common Compulsory
Subjects (20 credits)

- Communication Basics for Designers
- Cooperative Project
- Design History 1
- Internship
- Introduction to Design Theories and Culture
- Visual Culture 1

Discipline-Specific Subjects


  • 2D Communications 1–Fundamentals
  • 2D Communications 2–Sketch
  • 3D Communications 1–Fundamentals
  • 3D Communications 2–Mockup
  • Computer 1–Solid Modelling and Rendering
  • Computer 2–Rapid Prototyping
  • Design History 2–Product Design
  • Design Research–Product Design
  • Development of Form and Space
  • Introduction to Computer
  • Professional Communication in Chinese for Design Studies
  • Professional Practice–Product Design
  • Studio 1–Process and Brand
  • Studio 2–Form and Function
  • Studio 3–Human Scale
  • Studio 4–Entrepreneurship
  • Technology 1–Structure
  • Technology 2–Materials and Processes
  • Technology 3–Ergonomics
  • Technology 4–Interface Design
  • Portfolio Review
  • Capstone Project 1 & 2–Product Design


  • Asia Study Trip
  • Europe/Asia Study Trip
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Footwear Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Houseware
  • Inclusive and Universal Design
  • Interactive Play
  • Personal Transport
  • Product Identity and Product Branding
  • Public Facility and Street Furniture Design
  • Soft Goods 
  • Special Industrial Design Project
  • Sustainable Product Design
  • Toy Design

Brief programme outline

Programme Code 3569 (73416) BA(Hons) Scheme in Design
Stream Code PRD
Mode of Study Full Time
Number of Credits 124 (senior year place: 62-63)
Normal Period of Study 4 Years (senior year place: 2 years)
Tuition Local Student: HK$42,100 per academic year / International and Chinese Mainland Students: HK$120,000 per academic year

Programme leader

Tak Chi Lee — Professor, BA (Hons), FCSD (Life Fellow)

Tak Chi Lee

Extensive experience in product and automotive design. Won numerous local and international awards, including the Peifan Lucky Star, which is the first family car designed by Chinese for the China market. Initiated the acclaimed MyCar project, a collaboration of Hong Kong and PRC investors and the renowned Italian Giugiaro Design in designing a stylish lightweight four-wheeled vehicle for city driving.

Emphasize on integrating theories and practices in research and consultancy for many global corporations and brands. Advocate to SMEs in Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta on how to utilize design-led strategies for product innovation in business development and to sustain market competitions. Endeavor to help creative parks in Mainland China to build an Integrated Creative PlatformTM (ICP) which will benefit the creative industry, manufacturing industry, as well as investing enterprises.


Tina Luximon — Research Assistant Professor, PhD

Tina Luximon

Dr. Yan Luximon (Tina) obtained her PhD in Ergonomics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Afterwards, she has worked on several research projects in universities and has acted as a consultant for companies. She joined the ergonomics design group in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a postdoctoral fellow and she is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the School. She has been active in design research and teaching. She has published several book chapters, patents, international conference papers and peer-reviewed journal papers.


Teaching staff


Entrance requirement

Local JUPAS Applicants (with HKDSE Qualifications)

Satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements of 4 core and 2 elective subjects with:

  • Level 3 in English Language, Chinese Language and two elective subjects; and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred elective subjects for the programme include:

  • Design and Applied Technology
  • Visual Arts

Applied Learning Subjects with distinction considered as meeting the elective subject requirement:

  • Applied Business Research;
  • Applied Psychology;
  • Building Technology;
  • Commercial Comic Art;
  • Computer Game and Animation Design;
  • Electronic Product Design in Action;
  • Entrepreneurship for SME;
  • Environmental Engineering;
  • Fashion and Image Design;
  • Film and Video Studies;
  • Image Design;
  • Innovative Product Design;
  • Interior Design;
  • Jewellery Arts and Design;
  • Magazine Editing and Production;
  • Marketing and Online Promotion;
  • Marketing in Global Trade; 
  • Medical Laboratory Science;
  • Mobile and Online Apps Development;
  • Multimedia Entertainment Studies;
  • New Media Communication Strategies;
  • Public Relations and Advertising;
  • Radio Host and Programme Production; and
  • TV Infotainment Production.


  • Only applicants choosing this programme as their Band A choice (JUPAS) throughout the application process will be considered.
  • Before the aptitude test, applicants are required to declare their intended choice of discipline as one of the admission considerations.

Local Non-JUPAS Senior Year Places Applicants

  • An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Design/Design Studies from PolyU, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or other recognised institutions;
  • Applicants are expected to have already attained the substantial foundation knowledge/skills that are taught in Year 1 and Year 2 of the 4-year BA(Hons) Scheme in Design programme and should have outstanding performance in their portfolios and individual admission interviews.

This programme considers First Choice applications only.

Local Non-JUPAS Year 1 Applicants & International Applicants

  • (A-Level qualifications) E in 3 A-Level subjects OR E in 2 A-Level and 2 AS-Level subjects AND satisfy the English Language Requirement;

  • (International Baccalaureate) A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level (HL) subjects AND satisfy the English Language Requirement;

  • An appropriate Diploma passed with credit or an appropriate Higher Certificate from a recognised institution;

  • An appropriate Associate Degree / Higher Diploma from a recognised institution (may apply for senior year places admission);

  • Other non-local qualifications AND satisfy the English Language


  • For applicants with A-Level / IB qualifications, or the equivalent, they may be granted a maximum of 25% credit transfer for the award requirement, and each case will be considered based on individual merits.

  • Only applicants who choose this programme as their First Choice will be considered.

  • Applicants are required to choose the discipline that they would like to pursue in the online application form.

Chinese Mainland Applicants

Please visit here for information.

A complete application includes

Admission methods and deadlines

  • Admission methods and deadlines vary from JUPAS and non-JUPAS applicants. Please check Study@PolyU for updated information.
  • Only applicants choosing this programme as their Band A choice (JUPAS) / First Choice (Non-JUPAS/Non-local) throughout the application process will be considered.
  • Before the aptitude test, applicants are required to declare their intended choice of discipline, as one of the admission considerations.

Local JUPAS Applicants (with HKDSE Qualifications)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an aptitude test and/or an interview with portfolio presentation. The test will be conducted before the announcement of HKDSE results, and the interview after the announcement. Online portfolio submission may be required for specific disciplines.

Applicants maybe invited to attend an interview based on their performance in the aptitude test and their best 5 HKDSE subjects.

Top HKDSE scorers (among the top 25% prioritisation score range as a whole) will be directly offered a spot in the scheme, without having to sit for an interview.


  • Only applicants choosing this programme as their Band A choice (JUPAS) throughout the application process will be considered.
  • Before the aptitude test, applicants are required to declare their intended choice of discipline as one of the admission considerations.

Local Non-JUPAS Senior Year Places Applicants

Applicants are required to submit portfolios in mid-March. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to individual interviews with portfolio presentation from April.

Local Non-JUPAS Year 1 Applicants

Applicants are required to submit their portfolio in March, and
interview with portfolio presentation may be requested by the
School according to their qualifications.

International Applicants
Applicants are required to submit their portfolio in January to April and
shortlisted applicants will be invited to a telephone/skype interview.

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