TWO hundred and forty diploma course students of the Hongkong Polytechnic Swire School of Design displayed their year-round artworks in a week-long open day recently. This end-of-term display was held to give the public, particularly secondary school students, a look at their study environment and content of the two-year course, which is for those who have completed their Form 5 studies. The course, which offers a general foundation and basic design technique, is a preparation programme for specialist design studies at degree level. According to lecturer Francis Fung, the open day was a departmental show so different standards of work were on display. ''We try to be honest to the public, so we show them everything whether it's good or bad,'' he said. Projects on material exploration, three-dimensional construction, visual communication, problem-solving and drawings by first and second year students were exhibited. Students made use of a variety of materials like ceramics, metal, wood, paper and fabric, and media including photographs, slides and drawings to express the ideas of their projects. Gwyneth Li Wo-po, a second year student, built a mini-treehouse for her problem-solving project on tropical rainforests. She used branches and leaves to construct a treehouse with revolving doors for ventilation. While in her first year, she had no idea what stream of design she liked best. ''I decided to choose industrial design as my first choice for the degree course because through this term's project, I find it most interesting,'' the 19-year-old said. The open day attracted groups of secondary pupils to the show during and after school hours. Josephine Kung of St Paul's School (Lam Tin) was one of many students who visited the exhibition. ''I think it is a good opportunity to have a look at the school and get a better understanding of it. Everything here is interesting to me.'' she said. Fourth-former Josephine is keen on interior design and she would consider applying for the course later.