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What will I learn?

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The BA (Hons) Scheme in Design equips students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to become the designers of tomorrow. The Scheme emphasises the integration of design and its relevance to society, the needs of a changing world, digital readiness and technological integration with the digital world, the growing need for design entrepreneurship and innovation, and the need for future designers to possess inter-disciplinary capabilities.

In addition to developing core design skills, students develop the ability to think critically, learn independently, explore multi-layered design processes, conduct design exploration, work individually and in teams, develop social and cultural understanding, seek technical solutions to design problems, work with others outside of design, and pursue new design directions and solutions that extend their creative ability.

The uniquely structured Scheme enables students to choose personalised study pathways to develop their unique skills and abilities. It offers an integrated and holistic approach that leads students from general to specialised education in nine different Design Specialisms: Advertising Design, Environmental Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Media Design, Product Design, Service Design, and Social Design.

International perspectives and opportunities enable students to learn about design in other contexts. The Scheme includes overseas exchange opportunities, study trips, internship and collaborations. The School’s close connections with the regional design industry allow students to participate in real-world design projects with direct input from the industry, as well as undertaking summer industry internships.

Programme Characteristics

Students applying for the Scheme may choose from nine Design Specialisms:

  • BA (Hons) in Design (Advertising Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Environmental Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Information Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Interaction Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Interior Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Media Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Product Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Service Design)
  • BA (Hons) in Design (Social Design)

Characteristics of Scheme-based Admission

Students first follow a common curriculum under the Scheme.

This Scheme-based admission serves as an undeclared track. It offers students' approximately a year to identify their area(s) of interest and career aspirations, which facilitates their Major programme selection.

The decision to admit a student to a major will be made by the School based on the student's own choice, portfolio evaluation, interview performance, GPA and individual subject result. Students will be asked to rank their major choices (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the School's consideration and approval.

Majors

  • Interaction Design
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising Design
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Which department am I in?

School of Design

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,66,869) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS, subjects. 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 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

If you have obtained HKDSE results as well as other qualifications (e.g. associate degree, higher diploma, diploma, certificate, etc.), either of which alone is sufficient to qualify you for consideration for admission to our schemes / programmes, you can apply either through JUPAS on the basis of HKDSE results or directly to PolyU on the basis of other qualifications. However, you can only choose to apply through one of these two routes for schemes / programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year. If you apply through JUPAS and to PolyU concurrently, your direct application to PolyU will NOT be considered.

GCE A-level / International A-level: GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB): A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects.

Non-local applicants are required to meet the following English language requirement:

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 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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