Undergraduate Admissions

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Design is the translation platform for bringing scientific and technological advances to broad benefit to society. The School of Design is committed to educating students into the skills and theoretical foundations of creative thinking of a wide range of fields of design, including object design, wearable design, interaction design, experience design, and environmental design, with a contemporary focus on the opportunities for smart materials and devices, enhancing inclusiveness in society, and improving wellness through design. Particular attention will be paid to the ethical and professional responsibilities of design. Working closely with industry, the program will develop innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity to drive the national and global outcomes from better design. Located in the global center for manufacturing and production, we are in an unparalleled context for developing creative ideas and delivering the outcomes to everyone in the world. Graduates will have capabilities to research, design, collaborate, and communicate and will find future employment in designing consumer and IT products, furniture, toys, interaction, games, and exhibitions, or prepare for a career in research and academia.


Upon graduation, students will:


1. Attain the ability to recognize and grasp opportunities to use design skills to conceptualize and create the future.


2. Draw upon and integrate knowledge from diverse domains, including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technologies.


3. Have developed skills and theoretical foundations for self-directed designing and learning.


4. Use contemporary tools, techniques, and systems to deliver robustly designed outcomes.


5. Develop capacities for critical thinking and evaluation that lead to design advances.


6. Hold aesthetic and ethical perspectives to guide responsible practice.


7. Be able to work effectively and respectfully in multicultural team contexts to pursue diverse opportunities.


8. Be aware of the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of design.


Study Length and Graduation Requirements


Study length: 4 years. 3-6 years of flexible study length is applied.


Degree conferred: Bachelor of Engineering


The minimum credit requirement for graduation: 147 credits (excluding English courses)





Mechanical Engineering


Main Courses


Foundational Courses: Visual representation, 3D from 2, additive manufacturing, responsive systems, theory & history of design, ethics, and social-cultural systems

Core courses for Object Focus: Designing across time and space, product realization, manufacturing systems, research methods, research project

Core courses for Experience Focus: Game survey & evaluation, making a game, sound and senses, research methods, research projects


Practice-Based Courses

Studio work, Internships, Entrepreneurship Project, Graduation Project, etc.


For more information, please download our cultivation scheme below: 


Cultivation Scheme of SUSTech School of Design Industrial Design Program in Chinese (Undergraduate)

Cultivation Scheme of SUSTech School of Design Industrial Design Program in English (International)



School of Design Policies on Accepting Transfer-in Students


SUSTech students who would like to transfer to the Industrial Design Program at School of Design from other majors should:


1. In principle complete the following courses:


2. Participate in an interview with a professor from School of Design.


3. Commit to completing the 3-year major curriculum and can accept the possible extension of study. A writing confirmation from student is required.


The final decision of accepting transfer-in students will be made by School of Design based on a holistic review of the student's academic progress, interview performance, academic planning and other related information.

Curriculum Structure of Industrial Design