PolyU Design

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education for Hong Kong since 1964. The School thrives on its geographical position in bridging the East and the West, allowing students to develop their design strengths with a uniquely international cultural awareness at both professional and social levels. PolyU Design has consistently ranked as one of the world' top design schools since 2006.

Top reasons to study here

  • Most Competitive Tuition among Top 25 D-Schools
  • Welcoming Immigration Policy for Post-degree Career in Hong Kong and Career Prospects in Business, Non-profit and Governmental Organizations
  • Prospect for Further Academic Development in Asian Design Research at the Top Design Research Institution in Asia



With half of a century of excellence in design education. The School launched MA in Design in 1990s, and Master of Design in 2000s. MDes further expanded to offer specialisms in Design Practices, Design Strategies, Interaction Design, Urban Environments Design and the latest addition, International Design and Business Management in 2013.


PolyU Design nurtures nearly 1,400 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with some 50 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). The School believes new premises drives new thinking. That is why the School has launched the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, the first of its kind in Asia, to actively foster new approaches and new fields of design expertise.


PolyU Design is actively engaged in applied research and consultancy support for industry throughout Asia. Research has been a cornerstone of the School since the early 1990s. With the rise of the importance of the China market our research programmes are more in demand than ever before.Research laboratories at PolyU Design focus on three pillars: Communication Design, Public and Space, and Design Foundation.Communication Design

  • Digital Entertainment Lab
  • Information Design Lab
Public and Space
  • Urban Environments Lab
  • Public Design Lab
  • Asian Ergonomics Design Lab
Design Foundation
  • Interaction Design Lab
  • Asian Lifestyle Design Lab
  • Creativity and Design Education Lab


Successful applicants of ”Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates” (IANG) are granted 12 months' stay on time limitation without any other conditions of stay, regardless of the term of employment.Many of our graduates have taken this opportunity to start a new page in theircareer development — from starting up a new business, to engaging in research, consultancy or design practice in Asia. 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


Student services

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, the home of PolyU Design, provides advanced facilities for teaching and learning, as well as ample exhibition and collaboration spaces that are positioned to attract deserved attention to our students work.

Studios are where design students study and nurture their creativity. Our teaching labs and studios feature hardware that is custom-built to accommodate high-end graphics and multimedia content development. Fully equipped modeling workshops allow students to have conceptual and physical space to investigate and experiment with materials, tools, processes and ideas.

Housing services

Taught postgraduate students arrange their own accommodation off-campus, or apply for Off-campus Housing arranged by PolyU Student Affairs Office (SAO) on a self-financing basis. Off-campus Housing is operated on cost-recovery basis with quality property management. Please visit the following website for the application and details: http://goo.gl/N52Pb4. Lodging fee for shared room in 2016/17 is ranged from HK$47,600 for 12 months.

Besides, students may also consider accommodations in the private market. PolyU's Mainland and International Student Services Office (MISS) provides useful information, resources and assistance to help non-local students to settling in.

Library services

The Library actively supports the University’s mission by providing integrated and timely access to high quality scholarly resources, an inspiring environment for intellectual growth and discovery, with responsive and outreaching services delivered by knowledgeable and innovative staff.

ICT services

Network Access - Wireless Service provides PolyU students with wireless network access on and off campus, including all the eight universities in Hong Kong, oversea universities under eduroam (world-wide joint-universities initiative) and thousands of hotspots at public places in Hong Kong with local wireless service providers including Y5ZONE and PCCW.

Medical services

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a comprehensive range of primary health care for all full-time students. Student dental services are currently provided by Bayley and Jackson Dental Surgeons Limited (B&J) to full-time students at the Campus Student Dental Clinic. The University has a basic insurance coverage for students for joining PolyU activities during their stay in Hong Kong.

Student Life

Campus life

The University campus is strategically located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on a 9.46-hectare site adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel. In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the campus offers sport, recreational facilities and other facilities including multi-purpose auditorium, Industrial Centre and language learning centres. A full range of campus services including restaurants, bookstore and banks are also provided.

Sports facilities

Sports facilities in PolyU include: The Shaw Sports Complex, Fong Shu Chuen Hall, Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre and Keith Legg Sports Field and Michael Clinton Swimming Pool, for these activities: badminton, basketball , fitness, golf practice, squash, table tennis, tennis (outdoor/ indoor), swimming, volleyball and others.

Students can also use the Joint Sports Centre jointly owned by PolyU, CityU and HKBU, with these facilities:

  • An 11-a-side natural grass soccer pitch
  • An international standard 8-lane all-weather running track
  • Field events facilities for long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, and throwing events
  • Four tennis courts with a 200-seat spectator stand


  • Top in Asia & 16th in the world, Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) World University Rankings® by SubjectArt and Design, 2019
  • One of the Top 10 Best Industrial Design Schools, World Design Schools Hub, 2015
  • The only Asian school listed as Worlds Best 25 Design School, Business Insider, 2013
  • One of The Best Design Schools in the World, BusinessWeek since 2006