A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent; and a minimum of two years of professional experience in a design related field is required. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A complete application includes
- Application form
- Letter of intent
- Three letters of recommendation (Academic/ Profession)~
- Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. Official Full Transcripts and Degree Certificates
- IELTS/ TOEFL report^
~ Design Strategies applicants need to provide an employment proof for meeting entrance requirements.
^ 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).
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: 2 Years (part-time)
Tuition: HK$167,400 (local) / HK$190,800 (non-local); Initial Programme Fee: Local student HK$18,600 (4 credits x HK$4,650)/ Non-local student HK$53,000 (10 credits x HK$5,300)
No scholarship is available for non-local students for 2020 entry.
PolyU Design BA graduates can apply for a 15% tuition fee concession# when successfully enrolled in one of the MDes programmes in September 2020. This concession is administered at the discretion of the School.
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.
# Subject to approval. The School reserves the right to change the terms or withdraw the concession at any time. In case of any dispute or disagreement, the School’s decision is final.
Type of VISA (for International Students)
This programme – with classes held on Friday evenings/ weekends – has a student group consisting of local professionals, expatriates, as well as non-local students.
For those of you who have been staying in Hong Kong under various types of visa/ entry permit: holders of a valid employment visa may apply to this programme as locals, and holders of a dependant visa or a visa under IANG as non-locals but do not require a student visa.
People’s Republic of China and foreign nationals may apply as non-locals. You will need a student visa or a multiple entry visa to take this programme, depending on your place of residence during your study.
Non-locals moving to Hong Kong for study will need a student visa and are required to enroll at least 9 credits in compulsory semesters (Semester 1 and 2).
For those who are based in cities close to Hong Kong and able to make travel arrangements to attend classes, you will need a multiple entry student visa. This visa permits multiple journeys to Hong Kong, and allows a maximum number of stay for each journey and for a year according to the class timetable. A study plan, in addition to other documents, will be required for applying for this visa.
Applicants will be informed by the University’s Academic Registry (AR) 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 HK SAR. The process normally takes 8 - 10 weeks upon receipt of all the required documents.
MDes Talks: Student Blog
MDes Talks is a series of blog posts produced for prospective students who are considering graduate education in design by current students. It is set out to share their first-hand experience in the d-school pedagogy, their projects, takeaways, and student life in general.
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