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Founded at the Hong Kong Technical College
Part-time evening General Certificate courses offered


Renamed as Department of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic’s establishment
Joined ICSID World School Services
First Polydesign Show held
First 30 Higher Diploma students graduated
3-year Higher Diploma in Design offered
Specialisms introduced to Higher Diploma in Design
2-year Higher Certificate in 2-Dimensional Design launched
2-year Diploma in Design with specialisms in final year introduced
Streams added to Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
2-year Higher Certificate in Applied Photography launched


Renamed as the Swire School of Design
Higher Certificates in Illustration and Studio Ceramics introduced
BA in Graphic and Industrial Design offered
BA in Fashion and Interior Design launched
BA in Design offered specialisms in Fashion, Graphic, Industrial, and Interior Design


Re-designated as School of Design
Graphics and Interior Design became honours degrees
MA in Design launched
Degree in Photographic Design launched
BA (Hons) in Art and Design in Education offered
Higher Diploma in Multimedia Design and Technology offered


Higher Diploma in Product Innovation Technologies offered
Self-financed Diploma in Design offered
MSc in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology co-offered with Multimedia Innovation Center

First launch of Master of Design (MDes) programme

Multimedia Innovation Center became part of School of Design

First games production services unit named MERECL launched
Partnered with Graduate School of Business in offering MBA programme in Innovation and Design Management
Rated one of the Top Design Schools in the world by BusinessWeek magazine

SDWorks was established to develop student designs for commercialization
First SD Design Month launched to raise public awareness for student’s and alumni’s creative talents
MDes programme expanded to offer specialisms in Design Practices, Design Strategies, and Interaction Design
Second year rated as world’s Top Design School by BusinessWeek magazine

BA (Hons) in Digital Media programme introduced
Jointly established International Design Centre (IDC) in Ningbo with Zhejiang University
New home for the School by renowned architect Zaha Hadid unveiled

MDes (Design Strategies) programme rated by the BusinessWeek among the world’s 30 best "design thinking programmes"
Asia’s first English taught MDes (Design Education) launched
PolyU Design Research made its mark on BusinessWeek/IDSA IDEA Awards, taking the Best of Show and Gold awards with its SizeChina project


Design Institute of Social Innovation and Innovation Tower received HK$249 million donation from Hong Kong Jockey Club
MDes (Urban Environments Design) programme launched

First time to be ranked within the world’s top 25 design schools and the only one from Asia, by Business Insider
Jockey Club Innovation Tower construction completed; building opened for partial use
MDes (International Design and Business Management) programme launched
BA(Hons) in Interactive Media programme launched

Celebrated its 50th anniversary and Grand Opening of its new home Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Ranked 1st in Asia and 24th in the world on QS' first World University Rankings by Subject in Art and Design
Top 10 Best Industrial Design Schools in the World Design Schools Hub
First interdisciplinary Executive Master programme launched
Introduced the first featured Maker Faire to Hong Kong, promoting transdisciplinary and STEAM education


BA (Hons) in Social Design programme launched


2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the School


Ranked the 16th in the world on the QS World University Rankings® by Subject 2022—Art and Design
Launch of interdisciplinary BA(Hons) Scheme in Design with specialisms in Advertising Design, Environmental Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Media Design, Product Design, Service Design, and Social Design
Master of Design Scheme selected as University Grants Committee established Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme eligible programme
Master of Design Scheme restructured and launched new specialisms in Innovative Business Design, Intelligent Systems Design, Smart Service Design, Transitional Environments Design