Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication Design

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: 73416-SYC

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Scheme/Programme Intake
16 senior year places
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Leader

Peter Hasdell
BSc (Arch), AA Dipl, RIBA, SAR

Programme Leader

Brian Kwok
MA, MPhil


Preference will be given to students with good language skills.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The programme invites students to investigate the critical role of design elements and language - i.e., typography, colour, imagery, interactivity, time and space - in clarifying and conveying information, evoking emotions, inducing actions and engendering change.

Students not only develop their aesthetic, craft and form-giving skills with a variety of media, they also integrate contextual research, theories, processes and methods in their studio practice.

Studio learning is centred on three major areas: designing for identities, designing for information and designing for experiences. Students are encouraged to think creatively, critically and practically when solving complex communication problems.

Graduates are equipped with the professional skills necessary to meet the expanding needs of the profession and a critical mind to question the social and cultural roles of communication design in local, regional and global contexts.




The programme offers students a design education that is attuned to social trends and is sensitive to change. The School encourages students to think critically, learn independently and in teams and experiment with dynamic, multilayered design processes that enable them to weave cultural and industrial strands into appropriate social narratives.

The School also encourages the development of creative thinking through independent learning, experimenting with creative and contextual research processes and questioning existing design paradigms. The programme provides students with the opportunity to participate in international collaborative projects and enrol in student exchange programmes. The School’s close relationship with the design industry allows students to engage in real-world design projects with input from the industry in addition to summer industrial internships.



The BA(Hons) Scheme in Design is normally undertaken over 4 years of full-time study. Students admitted to senior year places will enter Year 3 of the programme:

  • Year 3 allows the study path to be consolidated in Design Studios and enriched by Discipline Specific Subjects and co-operation with other students in multidisciplinary common Compulsory Subjects.
  • Year 4, the final year, develops students' critical ability in design appreciation, the different perspectives of design thinking, and their own execution processes. They are increasingly allowed to negotiate project outcomes while developing a personal portfolio of a professional standard. This year encourages personal development. Students are prepared for employment or postgraduate studies.

The total credit requirement for graduation is 62, including 9 credits of General University Requirement Subjects, 53 credits of Common Compulsory Subjects and Discipline-Specific Subjects and Electives, and additional 3 to 9 credits of English and/or Chinese language subject(s) for students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR.

More information on the subjects offered can be found here

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

Graduates of the BA(Hons) in Communication Design can pursue careers in corporate identity design, publication design, Web design, environmental graphic design, exhibition design and packaging design, as well as newly emerging areas such as information design, motion graphics for television and film, interaction and user experience design.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants with an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Design/Design Studies from a recognised institutions.

  • Applicants will be invited to submit design portfolios. Those who satisfactorily perform in portfolio submission will be invited for interviews with portfolio presentation.



For further programme information, please contact: 
The General Office

Tel: 2766 5488; email:

Tel: 2766 4353; email:

Student Message

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Portfolio Information Sheet

Portfolio guidelines

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)

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November and April
Mode:Portfolio submission (MUST), and interview with portfolio presentation, as requested by the School according to the previous background of the student.

To understand the potential of applicants for the programme, and to ascertain whether their expectations match what the programme/career path can provide and to evaluate their language, communication and interpersonal skills.


Portfolio submission (MUST); interview (about 15-20 minutes)


Applicants are required to submit portfolios by early round and main round application deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for individual interviews from November to April.