The Master of Design will prepare you for a career as a designer in a wide range of professional fields.
The Master of Design enables students to develop the creative abilities and technical skills necessary to become an effective and respected design professional in Macau and beyond . The course is aimed at practicing designers, architects, and related professionals who wish to enrich their knowledge and skills through working with internationally respected designers and educators. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and have professional working experience in any design field. Founded on an appreciation of the importance of sustainability and resource conservation, the course incorporates a wide range of techniques, with a particular focus on graphic design and product design.
2 years part-time (evening) programme
Recommended prior knowledge
Students should have a strong interest in art and design. A portfolio of creative work is required for application to the course.
Total number of credits for graduation
NAPE 1 (Rua de Londres 16, Macau, China)
Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only)
Classes are scheduled from September to July each academic year. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.
Typically, classes take place three evenings per week, from 19:00 to 22:00. Exceptionally, classes may be scheduled on Saturdays or in additional weekday evenings.
- Design studios and lecture-based modules are taught by a mixture of local faculty members and eminent visiting professors. All are internationally recognized professionals, providing the opportunity to develop design skills in a global context.
- This degree leads to a career as a professional designer in a wide range of professional fields, with a particular focus on graphic design and product design.
The fields of architecture and design contain some of the greatest potential for the future cultural and economic growth of Macau. Adjacent to the manufacturing zones of South China, and host to incredible quantities of new construction, Macau is in an ideal position to develop the intellectual and creative capital for radically new types of architecture and design. South China has developed into a world-class manufacturing centre.
While this has been based on foreign OEM (original equipment manufacturing) products, there is now a rapid shift toward ODM (original design manufacturing). For product designers, there are incredible opportunities to create and commercialize innovative product designs for the domestic and international markets. Similarly, the constant reclamation of new land in Macau and the surrounding areas provides unprecedented opportunities for architects to conceive new types of buildings and, indeed, new types of cities.
Beyond instructing students in the history of the architecture and design, and the associated technical skills, the university provides space and time for reflection and experimentation – a platform from which to postulate alternatives, to develop unprecedented solutions to current problems, and responses to as-yet unknown ones. Addressing the full spectrum of aesthetic, technological, urban, economic, environmental, social, theoretical, and historical issues, the USJ architecture and design programmes emphasize ethics as well as expertise, requiring students to constantly evaluate the consequences of their work on the built environment and the natural world. Our graduates are good designers, but also good citizens.
Prof. Thomas Daniell
- Fashion Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Interior Designer
- Product Designer
- Set Designer
- Design Teacher
Students must complete all the main modules and one specialisation
Please click on any specific module to see its description.