Designers need to gain new knowledge and find a specialised area of their own.
The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration, and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. Designers with a Bachelor’s degree in product design, fashion design, interaction design, architecture, product engineering, interior design or communication design may find Design Practices to be a logical next step in their professional development.
This specialism focuses on design as a strategic tool for the consumer economy. Interdisciplinary projects embrace business strategy and brand development, identifying opportunities for innovation and user experience. This full-time international programme responds to the world’s industrial and technological transformation. The development of a high level of research, analysis, strategic vision, aesthetics, and technical mastery in development, fabrication and commercialisation of design prepares students for leadership roles.
Our students are not only trained to develop products, they are also taught to create solutions for clients along with business strategies and related products and services.
Primarily a studio experience, some projects will be sponsored by leading companies with real business context provided as the base for collaborative workshops. This is a full-time, intensive one-year programme. Theory and method subjects are delivered during weekends over four consecutive weeks each. A "capstone project" concludes the year with an experience that synthesizes learning in a real-world setting.
Common Core Subjects (compulsory) (1 credits) SD5400 Vision and Change (1 credit)
Specialism Core Subjects (compulsory) (32 credits) Theory/Method Subjects (9 credits) SD5018 Research and Analysis for Design (3 credits) SD5104 Branding: From Local to Global Strategies (3 credits) SD5202 Innovative Products and Services Development (3 credits)
Workshop Subjects (23 credits) SD5401 Value Strategies for China (4 credits) SD5405 China Lifestyle Transformation (4 credits) SD5406 Design Experience (4 credits) SD5409 Capstone Research (4 credits) SD5410 Design and Make Capstone Project (7 credits)
Electives* (3 credits) These will be drawn from regularly occurring subjects within the MDes Scheme, including: SD5012 Future Contexts for Design (3 credits) SD5014 Consumer as Producer: Critical Trends in Product Development and Consumer Culture (3 credits) SD5015 Globalization and Design (3 credits) SD5019 Design Criticism and Visual Arguments (3 credits) SD5021 Chinese Traditions and the 21st Century (3 credits) SD5022 Special Topics in Contemporary Design I (3 credits) SD5023 Special Topics in Contemporary Design II (3 credits) SD5112 Strategic Design: Regional Case Studies (3 credits) SD5113 Strategies for Sustainable Product-Service Systems (3 credits) SD5163 Managing Value Creation (3 credits) SD5201 Collaborative Design and Technology (3 credits) SD5215 Introduction to Ergonomics (3 credits) SD5216 Introduction to Intellectual Property: Fundamentals and Strategy (3 credits) AF5340 Finance and Accounting for Design Business (3 credits) MM5761 Marketing Management (3 credits)
* Remarks: Not all elective subjects are offered every year. Time table will be provided by individual MDes Specialism before the academic year begins. Students should refer to the Scheme Definitive Document and may consult Specialism Leader when choosing electives.
Class delivery mode & duration
Classes are normally held during daytime on weekdays except for three subjects, which will be delivered during weekends. Each of these weekend subjects requires three weekends spread over 4–5 weeks.
Normally it takes 1 year to complete the specialism.
Newman Lau — Associate Professor, BEng, MPhil, PhD
Dr. Newman Lau is an Associate Professor in School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has an MPhil degree from the Electronic Engineering Department at HKUST and a PhD from PolyU. His research interest lies in the areas of optical motion capture technology, character animation, movement analysis, online interactivity, user experience design, interactive media, and cross-disciplinary multimedia works. Some of his recent projects include interactivity and exercise gaming for health care and a platform for teaching and learning. He is interested and responsible for building technical infrastructure, leading the development team and implementing architecture for research and collaboration.
Three letters of recommendation (Academic/ Profession)
Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. Official Full Transcripts and Degree Certificates
Portfolio (refer to FAQ for requirements and submission)
IELTS/ TOEFL report*
* If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Interview All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in person (for local applicants) or over internet video calls (for non-local applicants).
Number of credits: 36
Normal Period of Study: 1 Year (full-time)
Tuition: HK$162,000 (local) / HK$183,600 (non-local); Initial Programme Fee: Local student HK$18,000 (4 credits x HK$4,500)/ Non-local student HK$51,000 (10 credits x HK$5,100)
No scholarship is available for non-local students for 2019/20 admissions.
A couple of post-entry scholarships# (in value around HK$30,000) may be available for HK students studying in our full-time programmes. These scholarships are normally awarded on academic merit and other selection criteria specified by the donors.
For local residents, two types of financial aid are available through the Government's Student Finance Office: (1) Continuing Education Fund and (2) Extended Non-means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS).
Some subjects in MDes scheme are included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses for local residents. For further information on CEF or reimbursable courses list, please visit CEF official website.
Extended Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offers interest-bearing loans to eligible students for covering tuition fees. For details of the scheme, please refer to the Government’s website.
# PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw scholarships at anytime. In case of any dispute/ disagreement, PolyU's decision is final.
Type of VISA (for International Students)
People’s Republic of China and foreign nationals, and those who are holding a valid employment or working holiday visa/ entry permit may apply to this programme as non-locals. You will need a student visa to take this full-time programme.
Holders of dependant visa or a visa under IANG are also considered as non-locals but do not require a student visa.
Applicants will be informed by the University’s Academic Secretariat about the visa application process when receiving the Notice of Offer.
Visa applications are processed and determined by the Immigration Department of the Government of the HK SAR. The process normally takes 8 – 10 weeks upon receipt of all the required documents.
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