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About PolyU Design

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong. 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 School was ranked 15th on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design in 2020 and is consistently among the top 20 in the world.  Read here for details.  

In 2009, BusinessWeek rated our Master of Design (Design Strategies) programmes one of the World's 30 Best Design Thinking Programmes.

In 2013, PolyU Design became the only School from Asia on Business Insider's World's Best 25 Design School list.

It was listed as one of the Top 10 Best Industrial Design Schools in the World in 2015 and one of the Special Mentioned Graphic Design Schools in the World by Design Schools Hub in 2016.

Human-centered design

We stand at the junction of art and science, 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 legacy of scholarship and research in the midst of the dynamism of Asia assures us a bright future. Our highly diverse design expertise includes: product design, interaction design, information design, advertising design, media design, interior design, environmental design, social design, service design, transitional environments design, innovative business design, intelligent systems design, smart service design, and innovative multimedia entertainment .

We nurture nearly 900 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with around 90 of them being PhD students. The School provides a high level, well equipped environment that includes significant research infrastructure with eight laboratories and a variety of first class technical workshops in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). We believe new premises drives new thinking.



Make possibilities endless


To establish the School of Design as a top tier international design school, applying Asian innovation to global opportunities.


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.
  • Contributes to innovation in Hong Kong and Mainland China, while maintaining a global perspective.

Core Values

The School’s research and academic programmes are governed by our core values:

  • Developing an Open Mind Frame
  • Steering Positive Change
  • Establishing Visionary Entrepreneurship
  • Practicing Authentic Expression
  • Designing Responsibly

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