School of Design

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong since 1964. The School thrives on its geographical position in bridging the East and the West, allowing its students to develop their design strengths with a uniquely international cultural awareness at both professional and social levels. The proximity to cities in the Greater Bay Area promises great potential for rich cross-disciplinary academic work with its thriving technological industries to address the ever-increasing complexity of design problems. The School is well recognized in global rankings. In the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, the School is placed 15th in the World in the area of Art and Design.

We stand at the junction of art, business, and technology, with a philosophy of offering high quality design education and producing high impact research and consultancy work in both pure and applied nature. While we appreciate the highest ideals of art, we believe in the creation of human-centric products, brands and services, which are relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs now and in the near future. Our approach provides a robust research foundation in design to support these ideas.

The School’s extraordinary 56-year legacy of scholarship and research in the midst of the dynamism of Asia assures us a bright future. We nurture 1,100 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Our highly diverse design expertise includes Product Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design, Digital Media, Interior Design, Environment Design, Social Design, Urban Design, International Design and Business Management, Design Strategy and Interaction Design. The breath of disciplines forms a foundation to allow the transformation of design from a skill-based domain to a transdisciplinary, collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Being one of the earliest design schools in Asia to offer doctoral programmes, we are now home to some 50 PhD students. The School provides a high level, well-equipped environment that includes significant research infrastructure with seven laboratories and a variety of first-class technical workshops in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by the late legendary architect Zaha Hadid.

The School’s research and academic programmes are governed by our core values: 1) Developing an Open Mind Frame; 2) Steering Positive Change; 3) Establishing Visionary Entrepreneurship; 4) Practising Authentic Expression; and 5) Designing Responsibly.

Famous designers who graduated from the School include Raman Hui (Animation), Freeman Lau (Branding and Art), Alice Mak (Cartoon), Vivienne Tam (Fashion), Eric Chan (Product), Anthony Lo (Automotive), Yip Kam-tim (Film), Chu Chen-on (Film), Dennis Chan (Jewelry), James O (Digital), among others.

PolyU Design aims to be a leading transdisciplinary design school that nurtures responsible and open-minded creative talents and active learners; conducts practice-based research, covering: social design, design economy, and design making; and contributes to innovation in Hong Kong and Chinese mainland, while maintaining a global perspective.

We invite the innovative, highly creative, transdisciplinary research-oriented minds to join us.

For further information on our research, please visit the School’s website. For recruitment enquiries, please contact Professor KP Lee at kunpyo.lee@polyu.edu.hk or Dr Kelly Chan at kelly.chan@polyu.edu.hk.