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Arts, Design & Culture Design

MA Design Management

Awarded by
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom
Course Code
Study mode
Start Date
05 Sep 2025 (Fri)
24 months
Course Fee
HK$150,000* (Payable in four equal installments)
*The tuition fee is subject to annual review.
Deadline on 20 Dec 2024 (Fri)
2910 7607
2151 0720
How to Apply


The programme offers a combination of academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum that draws on a range of interdisciplinary perspectives and address the needs of managerial professionals who work in the local design industry, as well as those who work in non-design areas and are looking for a new thinking approach to resolve complex design and management-related issues.

The programme covers a breadth of topics from branding, design and innovation processes to anthropology, culture, history and meaning. More specifically, it aims to provide students with greater insight into creative briefs and target audiences/markets, both aiding solutions and articulation.

In addition, the programme will:

  • interrogate the concept of design management and its associated technical and functional activities across public, private and voluntary sectors so as to prepare future design leaders and managers for work in both traditional and new economy models;
  • explore the thinking behind contemporary management practices, as well as the nature of the global business environment and the forms of capitalism being fostered by such practices. Students will critically and creatively analyse management strategies, functions and cultures from a range of perspectives in order to evaluate their impact on the societies in which they operate; and
  • develop research, analytical, communication, business, management and problem-solving skills that are directed towards careers within the cultural and creative industries.


Programme Details

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Critically apply design research methods to design management problem definition and resolution within a private, public or third sector context (Research) ;
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of design management and critical and cultural theories/ tools for formulating concepts and ideas and delivering and evaluating projects (Subject Knowledge);
  3. Utilise a broad range of research methods and analytical strategies to practical and theoretical problems in a range of media and formats (Analysis);
  4. Originate design management solutions through the application of research principles, methodologies and consideration and appropriate application of visualisation techniques, creative problem solving, co-designing, prototyping and evaluation techniques (Experimentation);
  5. Engage in the critical reflection of your own work and peer review through team working and collaborations (Personal and Professional Development, Collaborative and / or Independent Professional Working)
  6. Present research and a self-directed major practical project and thesis in a range of media (film, reports, presentations) which has been rigorously planned, is academically informed, and offers outcomes and applications that meet professional contexts. (Technical Competence, Communication and Presentation) 
  • Island East Campus
    *Upon the avalibilty of classrooms, classes and examinations may be held in other Learning Centres.
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


The entire programme comprises six modules (180 credits in total), to be completed in two years.


Module Title


Year 1

Design Management and Innovation



Design Research Methods and Critical Practice



Collaborative Unit


Year 2

Design Leadership, Enterprise and Culture



Global Design Futures



Final Major Project: Proposal and Thesis


Download modules outline here

Class Details


Applicants are assessed against the following selection criteria:

Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in a specialist subject area to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject. Also to show a willingness to work as a team player, good language skills in reading, writing and speaking, the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject area and capacity for research-led design, intellectual inquiry and reflective thought through: contextual awareness (professional, cultural, social, historical); evidence of research, analysis, development and evaluation (from previous academic study and employment) and a grounded understanding of the world of sonic, visual and networked culture and be able to engage in and contribute to critical discussion.


Applicants should submit an application directly to HKU SPACE

Selection for interview will be through the submission of a Project Proposal and a Portfolio. Templates can be downloaded from the "Apply" section downwards.

Project Proposal: 

Please description of the area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of their intended project. This should include an overview of how students intend to go about producing the project and the methodology.


It should be conceptual and research based, students must show their thinking and making process and a curious nature to explore, test and experiment.

If you need further advice on entry requirements, please contact the Programme Leader, Mr. Leo Chan by email:


To study in Hong Kong, all non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, except for those admitted to Hong Kong as dependants, who do not need prior approval before taking up full-time and part-time studies.  Non-local applicants issued with a valid employment visa also do not need prior approval to pursue part-time studies. It is the responsibility of individual applicants to make appropriate visa arrangements. Admission to a HKU SPACE academic programme/course does not guarantee the issue of a student visa. Applicants may wish to note that part-time courses are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes except for self-financed, part-time locally accredited taught postgraduate programmes awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • HK$150,000* (Payable in four equal installments)
    *The tuition fee is subject to annual review.

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have:

a) a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 1 year of work experience in creative industries; OR

b) i) a Higher Diploma or an Associate degree awarded by a recognised institution, AND
ii) at least 4 years of work experience in creative industries, among which 1 year must be at managerial level.

For applicants with qualifications from a university or recognised institution within or outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or assessment is not English, they are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test).

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method


Applicants can submit their application through the online application system by clicking  Apply nowat the top of the page.
If the file size is over 5MB, please send a link to for downloading the application materials with the title: MA Design Management Application Materials (Name: XXXXX).

In-person/ by post:

Applicants can submit their application to any one of our enrolment counters in person or sent by post to :

HKU SPACE PG Admission Team
19/F, Island East Campus 
494 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Application for MA Design Management

  1. Hard copy of the completed application forms;
  2. Copy of HKID card or passport copy with a valid visa label;
  3. Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;
  4. CV and personal statement;
  5. Project Proposal; 
  6. Portfolio;
  7. Copies of English proficiency evidence (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)*;
  8. A recent colour photo;
  9. A crossed cheque for HKD300 as application fee (payable to ‘HKU SPACE’) 
    (only for applicants who do not submit the application online).

*For applicants with qualifications from a university or recognised institution within or outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or assessment is not English, they are required (unless exceptionally exempted) to obtain a score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test).

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Personal Statement Guideline

Major Project Proposal Template


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London College of Communication

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) brings together, in a single federated structure, six of the most famous art and design colleges in the world. It comprises Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication (LCC) and Wimbledon College of Arts. Each has its own distinct approach, its own national and international reputation and its own established links with professional and cultural bodies. With a combined student population of approximately 26,000 and a global network of over 200,000 alumni, UAL is one of the world’s largest academic centres for art, design and communication.

UAL is not only a centre of excellence in practice-based learning, but also a leading research university. UAL has been placed in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It is a top 5 research university in its broader peer group and first in the power ranking in the Art and Design: Histroy, Practice and Theory category.

For the 4th year in a row, UAL is ranked World 2nd for Art and Design education in the QS University World Rankings by Subject 2022 and UAL continue to be the top global ranking institution offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Read more

London College of Communication

LCC courses are known for being industry focused so you will be taught by an inspiring community of experienced academics, technical experts and leading specialist practitioners. LCC students are often commissioned to work on live briefs for major companies such as Nike, The National Trust and Nokia, and our graduates go on to inform the future of the creative field – our alumni include TV presenters Craig Doyle and Kate Thornton; Charles Saatchi, art collector and the co-founder of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi; and Bonnie Wright, the actress playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series. The College is also proud to house a selection of famous archives. From filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to graphic designer Tom Eckersley, these are invaluable tools for teaching, learning and research.