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CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL


Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, there will be a growing number of high profile design opportunities for Industrial Design Masters at a strategic level.

The MDes Industrial Design programme is for graduates or professionals with design or engineering backgrounds, who want to deepen their design and design research thinking. You will develop an appreciation for – and practice transformative approaches towards – design solutions, including products, interaction design and environment systems

During the programme, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills whilst broadening your design practice experience through individual research projects and final prototype development work for exhibition and manufacture.

Why should I study Industrial Design at XJTLU?

  • Benefit from the Department of Industrial Design's strong links with international Design studios and manufacturing companies, giving you opportunities for internships and first design commissions.
  • Enjoy a broad creative programme with a wide range of design specialties and representations, depending on your interests and career ambitions
  • Take advantage of Design competitions, study visits to Europe and collaborative Design projects with industry
  • Earn a prestigious Masters Degree as a competitive step towards becoming a fully qualified designer in international studios.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MDes Industrial Design, you will have:

  • an original creative approach with the ability to develop and explore new design ideas and applications
  • undertaken a final major design project to prepare you for a responsible design studio role within industry, or a project with an academic structure to prepare for doctoral study.
  • strong critical, creative thinking, creative and communication skills.
Industrial Design is called upon to contribute to the transition of the operational chain of products and services for the achievement of Circular Economy. The Master in Industrial Design at XJTLU provides its students with advanced tools for tackling the emerging needs arising from the society while becoming leaders of Sustainable Development.
Massimo Imparato
Programme director


Industrial Design at XJTLU is an interdisciplinary course. There is a lot of opportunity to explore and try out different things. You learn to view all issues from many perspectives and become a creative problem solver. In my opinion, this is one of the most important skills you can learn at university for a successful career.
Eva Carocci
Student, MDes Industrial Design


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers as design practitioners and design managers. The programme also offers a solid foundation for graduates wishing to pursue further study in a design-related PhD.