The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design Hong Kong

About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design

PolyU Master of Design programmes

PolyU Design’s postgraduate programmes aim to meet students’ broad range of professional, scholarly, and personal development needs and 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. With a strong network of global and regional corporate partners, students will work through projects that cover business and social challenges especially relevant to Asia.

Rankings and Reputation

The School is ranked as one of the Top Design Schools in the World by BusinessWeek, Top in Asia among the Top 25 in the World by Business Insider and by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design.

The University is ranked 29th in QS Asian University Rankings and 6th QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings.

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).

Career Prospects

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.

2018/19 Admissions

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

  • Design Practices (led by Philippe Casesns)
  • Design Strategies (led by Prof Laurent Gutierrez)
  • Interaction Design (led by Dr Kenny Choy)
  • International Design and Business Management (led by Dr Sylvia Liu)
  • Urban Environments Design (led by Prof Tim Jachna and Prof Laurent Gutierrez)

Recent Projects and Collaboration

PolyU Design welcomes and has taken part in various kinds of local and international collaborations with academic, institutional and corporate sectors. Academic collaborations range from research projects to exchange programmes to workshops, while institutional and corporate collaborators can offer work-based learning opportunities to our students.

Some of our recent collaborators with our postgraduate programmes include: 3M, Tencent, LVMH, Reebok China, Philips, Whirlpool, Bayer Material Science, P&G, JW Marriott, NeuroSky, Efficiency Unit and Hong Kong Hospital Authority of the Hong Kong SAR Government, The Link Real Estate Investment Trust, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong Tramways, etc.

Facilities and Resources

Workshops and studios are where design students study and nurture their creativity. The School has fully equipped modelling workshops that allow students to have conceptual and physical space to investigate and experiment with materials, tools, processes and ideas.

School of Design’s workshops and labs:

  • Digital Print Shop (Large-format Poster Printing, Book Printing/Binding, Color/B&W Copying, Paper Cutting)
  • Production Workshop (Wood Workshop, Metal Workshop, Computer Numerical Control, 3D Prototyping, Fused Deposition Modeling, Laser Cutting)
  • Audio Video Workshop (Editing Lab, Audio Mixing Room, Audio Recording Booth, Stop Motion Lab, Hand-drawing Lab and the Production Studio)
  • Sound Studio
  • Photographic Studio

Full-time students have their dedicated studio space. The studios feature custom-built hardware that accommodates high-end graphics and multimedia content development.

The Material Resource Centre (MRC) is central to the School’s learning infrastructure. As a place for leading trends in design, material research and production, MRC brings together thousands of new and innovative materials from all over the world.

Apart from PolyU’s academic library, Pao Yue-kong Library, that is linked with all public and university library services in Hong Kong and PolyU’s technical library Industrial Centre, students have access to a number of sports and communal student facilities:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • 25-metre all-weather indoor swimming pool
  • 5-a-side indoor football pitch
  • Indoor gymnasium
  • Sports Complex (sports hall, tennis courts, table tennis rooms, golf practice room, fitness room, activity rooms)
  • Sports Centre (sports hall, squash courts, activity rooms)


School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
V810, 8/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower,
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Contact Person: Ms. Stephanie Ho
Tel: +852 3400 3440

Courses at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design

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