What is the difference between art and design?
An easy answer could be encapsulated in one word: AP-PLI-CA-TION: a design serves a purpose, one that is linked to context. Whereas designers need to appreciate context to provide appropriate solutions to given briefs, they will brought to rationalize their proposals and justify their solutions. Artists may virtually propose to “take it or leave it”. Also, designers work with stakeholders – the user being the most important. Artists have the liberty to express a very personal take on the world, and relate to their own emotions and ideas to shape their work.
How high are PolyU Design's English and Chinese entry requirements?
Applicants are expected to attain a minimum 3 Score in their English and Chinese subjects at the HKDSE.
What if I do not know how to draw?
We accept JUPAS applicants on the basis of potential, not acquired knowledge or skills, hence the presentation of a portfolio at interviews, although recommended, being optional. If you have a portfolio, we will seek to discern: - if you have taken the initiative to sketch out of your interest (evidence of personal passion for creativity, expression, problem-solving, manipulation, etc.) - the scope of media explored (evidence of a taste for experimentation), - if this has been consistent (through quantity of works, or visual diaries, scrap books, etc.) Note: JUPAS applicants are not required to bring a portfolio. JUPAS applicants who in interviews demonstrate critical thinking, critical awareness of the broader cultural context, awareness of design in general and awareness of the design discipline chosen will be considered for the programme.
Does PolyU Design favour Non-JUPAS applicants over JUPAS applicants?
Not necessarily – We favour applicants who demonstrate critical thinking, critical awareness of the broader cultural context, and awareness of design in general and awareness of the design discipline chosen.
What should we do to prepare for the intake exercise?
Go to galleries, museums, bookstores like Page One and Basheer books, go online to find about design practice, processes, works, designers, etc… and see how design influences your everyday – you have almost two months! In addition, you are advised to watch the series of videos produced to help you prepare your portfolios at http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/en/news/portfolio-videos-announcement2018.
What if I did not take a VA or DAT subject in my secondary school?
While Visual Arts or Design and Applied Technology subjects have been designed to better prepare applicants to a design or art tertiary curriculum and career, this does not mean those who did not take these subjects cannot apply. They should be proactive and seek knowledge about their discipline of choice online, in galleries, in museums, in exhibitions, and at the School of Design. Personal initiative in making a portfolio is valued by admission panels. Personal drawings, collages, visual diaries, small home projects i.e. craft and tinkering are highly valued.