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Choosing Design and Design Thinking to specialise means you are on the path to developing a future-proof career.



PolyU Design’s taught postgraduate Master of Design programmes aim to meet students’ broad range of professional, scholarly, and personal development needs and our well-structured and career oriented curriculum prepare students to take charge of their future learning and development in design’s nimble and quickly changing environments.

The present generation of designers and leaders realise the potential that innovation brings to businesses. At the same time, they are increasingly aware of their responsibility to build social purpose into their innovations. Our programmes, led by a highly international faculty, expose students to vast learning opportunities for students’ learning and growth in their desired areas.

With a strong network of global and regional corporate partners, students work through projects that cover business and social challenges especially relevant to Asia.

Why PolyU Design in Hong Kong?

JCIT Home of PolyU School of Design

Hong Kong remains a favoured destination for many expats and nomads. For many, it is their first stop in Asia because of the city’s cosmopolitan, laissez-faire buzz and strong English roots. Known as a regional hub for business and education, the city has a strong tradition of bridging east and west, and is moving at a fast pace.

Studying Design in HK PolyU brings real experience of living, working and belonging in a world city embedded in Chinese and Asian culture.

Whether you are an ethnic Chinese born/ raised/ educated internationally who have had an idea to live in Asia, or you have wanted to experience the Asian Century first-hand, you are going to benefit from:

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PolyU's Ranking and Reputation

PolyU celebrates its 80th Anniversary this year, with a vision to be a leading university that excels in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world.

The University is ranked:

  • 95th in the QS World University Ranking
  • 29th in QS Asian University Rankings
  • 6th QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings

The School is ranked:

  • one of the Top Design Schools in the World by BusinessWeek
  • top in Asia among the Top 25 in the World by Business Insider
  • top in Asia by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design.

The School has relocated to the Jockey Club Innovation Tower in 2013, a purpose-built facility for design, to further drive the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia, and provide additional space to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration. The Innovation Tower is the only permanent architectural work in Hong Kong of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), one of the most influential figures in the world of modern architecture.

The University uses English as the medium of instruction.

Hong Kong: A Strategic Gateway to China and Asia

Hong Kong is centrally located in East Asia, which is home of some of the world’s  largest and most prosperous economies and one-fifth of the world’s population.

The proximity of Hong Kong to Asia’s metropolitan areas and manufacturing base in China has drawn many international students from design and business fields to explore these markets, all within 4 hours’ flight time from Hong Kong, made easy by efficient regional travel.

Designers from overseas who study in Hong Kong – a dynamic city of high-speed and density that enjoys freedom of information – will become sensitised quickly to the psychology, behaviour, culture, and heritage of Asia. English, along with Chinese, are the official language of Hong Kong. The city is student-friendly (QS Best Student Cities Index, 2017), safe (Economist Intelligence Unit City Safety Report 2016) and livable (Monocle Annual Quality of Life Survey, 2017).

Asia's Career Prospects

Maker Faire 2017

MDes graduates have been successful in securing ideal positions in their chosen field. They are hired into a wide range of functions in design, such as product design, interaction design, spatial design, and branding. Some have broadened their professional fields and took on positions in project management, research and teaching. Industries that have hired our graduates include fashion, retail, hospitality, financial services, healthcare, toy, consumer electronics, information technologies, advertising, research and development, higher education and also public services.

List of companies and organisations at which our full-time graduates have worked include: Alibaba, Baidu, Dyson, EY, Facebook, Frog Design, Google, Microsoft, Sina, Taobao, Tencent, Uber, Wanda Group, Weibo, etc.

To offer flexibility to non-local graduates who wish to work in Hong Kong after their graduation, a policy called “Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates” (IANG) was implemented. Under the IANG Scheme, fresh graduate will normally be granted a stay of 12 months without any condition upon application.

Next Admission: September 2018 Entry

The following 1 – 1.5 years taught postgraduate Master of Design programmes are inviting applications from local and international students:

Design Practices - led by Dr Ernesto Spicciolato
Design Strategies - led by Prof Laurent Gutierrez
Interaction Design - led by Dr Kenny Chow
International Design and Business Management - led by Dr Sylvia Liu
Urban Environments Design - led by Prof Tim Jachna and Prof Laurent Gutierrez

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