Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Design
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: 73416-SDS
Duration and Credit Requirement
Siu King Chung
- Applicants are expected to have good language skills.
Aims and Characteristics
The Programme attempts to expand the scope of design beyond the current commercialised and compartmentalised professional practices by orienting towards the “social dimension of design”, with emphasis on civic participation, social engagement and collaborative design practices. Dedicated to the promotion of social and cultural sustainability, the programme focuses on the realisation of social innovations and civic goals through the framework of design thinking and solution prototyping. The programme aims to:
- Augment students’ (empathic) understanding of social needs/changes from real-life perspectives
- Introduce students to methods for social observation, ethnographic design research and co-designing practices
- Engage students with outside partners to address social issues and develop design resolutions
- Inaugurate designerly thinking into the professional practices of non-design disciplines
- Prototype and realise design solutions for sustainable and positive social change
The programme provides students with multiple learning environments. It encourages creative thinking and independent learning.
It also stresses interdisciplinary teamwork and experimentation through the processes of creative and contextual research, and social design prototyping. Students are further provided with the opportunity to participate in local or international collaborative projects and to engage in work-integrated projects with input from clients, users and necessary stakeholders.
In short, the programme equips students with social and cultural literacy, skills in systems thinking and the ability to question existing design paradigms. It nurtures creative change-makers for a better society.
This is a two-year full-time top-up degree under the BA(Hons) Scheme in Design.
The total credit requirement for graduation is 60, including 9 credits of General University Requirement Subjects, 51 credits of Common Compulsory Subjects, Discipline-Specific Subjects and Electives. (Remark: an additional 3 to 9 credits of English and/or Chinese language subject(s) is required for students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements.)
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary in professional design practice to help sustain the creative and social economy. They have a wide choice of careers as designers in mainstream industries or in alternative creative and social enterprises. Graduates can become designers not only in design consultancies, but also project coordinators and producers in the fields of social and cultural business, non-governmental organizations or the public sector, etc.
Applicants with an Associate Degree OR a Higher Diploma in Design/Design Studies, Social Sciences, Technology or related disciplines (e.g. Business Studies) from a recognised institution.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
Copies of public examination result slip(s) demonstrating applicants' English language proficiency, e.g. HKDSE, HKALE, HKCEE, IELTS, TOFEL, etc. (for reference only)