Faculty of Creative Industries


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.

Typical Duration
2 years (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.

Teaching Medium

Total number of credits for graduation

Ilha Verde Campus

Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)

September to July

Weekly schedule
Mondays to Fridays

Key Features

  • 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.

Coordinator's Message

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. Carlos Caires

Typical Career Options

  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Design Teacher

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete all the main modules and one specialisation

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


Year 1 Master
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
9.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits