Career Discovery in Design

Enlarge photo: Poster of Career Discovery in Design 2021


“Whether we realize it or not, we live in a designed world. The question is: will this be a design for destruction or for a sustainable new world that we can safely hand down to our children and our children’s children?” Bruce Mau[1]

At the BASc(Design+) Programme, we suggest that the next generation of designers do not have to wait to be handed down a world in crisis, rather that they are potential agents of change to challenge the status quo now. In this intensive hands-on summer programme, students will discover their aspirations, their concerns and will dive into real world issues. They will be introduced to emerging technologies and design approaches that have demonstrated the potential to have both local and global impacts. They will try these novel methods and make them their own. This challenging programme will strengthen their creative confidence while building their character, their portfolio, forge new friendships, and will culminate in the production of practical and conceptual works for a public exhibition.

[1] as of 30 Jan 2019

Date and Time

26 July – 9 August 2021 (Monday to Friday), 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Preliminary Programme Schedule


4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong*

* We intend to deliver the programme face-to-face and enable students to develop hands-on experience. However, if the Hong Kong Government or the HKU Higher Authority do not allow face-to-face teaching, we will switch to online while guaranteeing the highest possible quality of design education.


Secondary grade 4-6 students (or equivalent) in the 2020-21 academic year.
Undergraduate students who are considering changing their majors to BASc Design+
(Note: this programme is catered towards high school students as their introduction to the study of design at the university level.)

Tuition Fee

HK$12,500 (including material kit).
The fee excludes accommodation, meals, and transportation.

Student Visa

  • All non-local students are required by law to obtain a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study this programme.
  • Non-local students aged under 18 are required to nominate a Hong Kong permanent resident as their authorized guardian. The Department of Architecture will not serve as a representative to take up the role of a guardian.


Accommodation is not provided and covered by the programme. HKU cannot guarantee the allocation of hostel places due to limited availability. Successful non-local applicants should be prepared to make arrangements for their off-campus accommodation.

Online Application

Application Deadline

4 July 2021 (for local students)
8 April 2021 (for non-local students that require visa)

* Applications past 8 April 2021 can still be accepted but we cannot guarantee the visa processing time.

Application for Scholarship

The Department of Architecture is offering a Scholarship for this summer programme. Please indicate in the Online Application Form if you are interested to apply for the Scholarship.

You are required to submit a motivation letter to outline 1) why you are a suitable candidate; 2) your academic accomplishment in terms of grades, as well as extracurricular activities and community involvement 3) any financial needs. The word limit is 250 words. Please upload your letter in PDF format alongside other required documents on the application system. Members of HKU Academy for the Talented should quote their membership number in the letter.

The deadline to submit the motivation letter is 9 July 2021. If we do not receive your letter by the deadline, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Scholarship. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the programme.

Booklet (PDF)



Tel: +852 3917 2156