The need to understand foreign cultures is perhaps stronger for designers than other professions. Designers are in the heart of shaping everyday experience and culture through products, services and systems they define and realize. Creative yet convincing solutions often depend on designers’ ability to distil insights and to find patterns emerged from an in-depth understanding of people – how product/ service users think and act in a given context.
PolyU Design collaborates with design schools around the world to offer opportunities within and alongside the curriculum that benefit students’ learning and growth in their desired areas. Here is a list of activities and recent partners.
There are exchange opportunities for all MDes students, to gain broader experience and horizons in the domain of design and innovation.
ID&BM students can apply to study one semester (second semester) in Northumbria University of the UK and Thammasat University of Thailand.
International students, who are interested in inbound exchange or study abroad, can study one semester in a related MDes full-time programme.
In general, the arrangement is to be discussed and worked out between institutions in advance.
Shared Studio Subjects
Some studio subjects are delivered and shared with a partner institution that has common interests and similar approaches. Recent partnerships: Parsons School of Design, Northumbria University School of Design and University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.
Apart from learning in the classroom, students have the opportunities to be nominated to participate in workshops in Hong Kong or overseas, offered by other institutions. Recent partners: Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), Royal College of Art (RCA), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and National University of Singapore (NUS).
International Guest Lectures and Conferences
MDes Scheme engages academic staff beyond PolyU to deliver seminars/ studio subjects or workshopsthroughout the years. Eli Blevis (Indiana University Bloomington), Bert Bongers (UTS), Kees Dorst (UTS), Michael Fox, Gordon Hush (Glasgow School of Art) and among others, have visited in recent years. Besides, PolyU Design Lecture Series has hosted lectures by design academics, researchers, professionals, for example, Hermann Klockner (Anhalt University of Applied Sciences), Peter Lloyd (TU Delft), Birgit Mager (KISD), Miodrag Mitrasinovic (Parsons School of Design), Stephen Jia Wang (RCA), Ron Wakkary (Simon Fraser University), Thomas Heatherwick, Daan Roosegaarde, Tom Dixon, Neil Poulton, Patricia Moore, Kigge Hvid, and many more.
PolyU Design also partners with special interest groups around the world to organise academic conferences. In recent years, we hosted key academic events: Leadership Forum on Design Education, ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Asia Design Engineering Workshop (A-DEWS), Design Management Academic Conference (DMA) where faculty and their students presented their research outcomes and forged new network.