Design Your Future: Study Masters of Design at PolyU Design 2023

Calling all creatives! The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU) is now open to 2023 intake international applicants for their Masters of Design with a passion for design, art, creating, and innovating.

Located in bustling, global, and innovative Hong Kong, PolyU students gain access to a gorgeous and high-tech campus, expert advice from professors, and opportunities to present their designs at local and international events and competitions.

Is the PolyU Design school right for you? Read on to learn more about how you can design your future with PolyU in 2022!

Masters Programs Offered at PolyU Design

PolyU offers a Masters of Design with four different specializations:

Tuition and Scholarship

Application fee: HK$450

Tuition: HK$212,400 per year

Merit-based Entry Scholarships: The Master of Design (MDes) is offering two entry scholarship schemes to outstanding non-local creative talent to further their studies in Hong Kong. The scholarship programmes are part of the MDes’ new vision to develop proactive leaders and game changers for the future of industries. International Excellence Scholarship (IES) and Top Universities Scheme (TUS) are the two scholarship programmes, with 50% and 15% tuition scholarships valued at HK$106,200 and HK$31,860, respectively.

Study in a Design-Centered Campus

PolyU Design’s campus and facilities are 100% geared towards student success, growth, and imagination in the design world. From designing furniture and appliances to designing games and toys, PolyU students have access to top-tier resources, technology, materials, and studios to bring their visions into reality.

PolyU Design’s home, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, was designed by Zaha Hadid, an award-winning international architect. At 78 meters tall and 15000 square meters, the building has a capacity of 1800 students and staff.

Reflecting the creativity, innovation, and boldness of its students, the Tower stands out from the Hong Kong landscape. The building’s exterior calls to mind the natural curves of wind and waves combined with modern techniques like dramatic angles and sleek surfaces. On the inside, the building’s spacious interior has room for classrooms, lecture halls, design studios and labs, and other facilities essential to PolyU students.

The PolyU Media Resource Center contains a variety of physical materials from plastic to fabric for students to examine and experiment with.
The PolyU Media Production studio contains a large-sized green screen and recording/film technologies and materials for students to photograph and shoot films and images to the highest quality.

PolyU Design has fully equipped modeling workshops that allow students to have conceptual and physical space to investigate and experiment with materials (such as: garment, ceramics, wood, plastic, metal and fine-metal), tools (such as: photography and knitting), processes and ideas.

The PolyU Digital Print Shop

Participate in Local and Global Design Events

At PolyU Design, students are able to develop their real-world design skills and share their art, creativity, and unique viewpoints with the world. PolyU even offers subsidies and funds for students and recent graduates to enter international design competitions and events.

In September 2022, 13 design students took home prestigious awards from the European Product Design Awards 2022. The winning design in the Winner in Education/Toys for Pre-school Learning & Winner in Toy Design/Toy for Toddlers, Professional Categories was “Kaleidoscope,” a product designed by several PolyU students.

Guided by expert professors and nurtured by the creative, design-focused environment, PolyU students have won prestigious local and global awards from organizations and competitions such as the Asia Design Platform Awards, DigiCon6 Asia Awards, James Dyson Award, Architecture Masterprize, Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, and more!

At the PolyU Design Design Show, held both virtually and physically, students get to share their work with the entire campus and Hong Kong community. In-person design shows allow students the change to formally present their work to potential mentors and employers, building up a strong portfolio of incredible designs that can propel graduates into top careers and new projects.

Admissions Requirements for PolyU Design

Postgraduate Programs

To study a Postgraduate program at PolyU (including Masters), you need the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in design, business, humanities, or a technological field to study a Masters, OR
  • Master’s degree to study a PhD, AND
  • TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6 (6.5 for PhD)

PolyU Design Required Admissions Documents

Since PolyU is a design-focused school, you should pay special attention to the documents you need, especially the portfolio!

Masters Documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Bachelors degree transcripts and diploma
  3. 2 Letters of recommendation
  4. Personal statement
  5. Design portfolio
  6. English-language Exam (except for native English speakers)
  7. Application form

Begin your Masters of Design journey at PolyU here:


Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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