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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 14490-SY

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
Institute of Textiles and Clothing
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

63-75 (plus 9 LCR credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder depends on the approved credits transferred. Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR), based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance, will be required to take additional credits (6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese) on top of the required credits.

Programme Intake

200 senior year places

Fund Type


Consider Second Choice Applications

Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.

Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Director

Dr Chris K. Y. Lo

PhD, B.Com 



  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
  • The programme codes for the 5 specialisms are:
    • 14490-SYG: Technology
    • 14490-SYA: Intimate Apparel and Activewear 
    • 14490-SYF: Design 
    • 14490-SYK: Knitwear Design and Technology 
    • 14490-SYB: Retail and Marketing

AD/HD graduates should apply for admission to the Scheme programme (14490-SY). They will select and pursue one of the five specialisms after admission.


Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The general aim of the programme is to train competent professionals for the fashion business, including textiles, apparel, retail, design and related organisations. These professionals will play an active role in the development of the global fashion and textiles industry in local and overseas markets. In addition to professional competencies, the programme cultivates other essential competencies, such as entrepreneurship, social media marketing and business analytics, expanding graduates’ skillsets for today’s business environment. They possess personal excellence in leadership, teamwork, healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning; they become trend leaders, innovators, critical thinkers and creative problem solvers; they gain effective communication and interpersonal skills, and are highly proficient in biliteracy and trilingualism; and they become educated global leaders, promote social and national responsibility, engage in local and international affairs and exhibit cultural and aesthetic appreciation with a global perspective.



Based on their desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in one of the following five specialisms.

  • Design
    The design specialism nurtures students’ creativity and design ability and develops their awareness of current and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment to promote an understanding of the supporting marketing and business practices.
  • Knitwear Design and Technology
    This specialism is similar to that of the Design specialism in that it intends to nurture creativity and design ability. In addition to general education, students attain the essential knowledge and skills of a knitwear designer.
  • Retail and Marketing
    This specialism equips students for the global fashion business. Students learn the fundamental management principles, contemporary practices and operational knowledge of global fashion retail and marketing. In particular, the specialism develops students’ skills in defining, analysing and solving business problems in fashion retail and marketing, from fast to luxury fashion, and from fashion accessories to lifestyle products. Emphasis is placed on fashion sourcing, buying, market research, branding, digital marketing, omni-channel distribution, social media analytics, store management and the distribution of fashion products in both local and global contexts. This specialism ensures that students attain the necessary professional skills to initiate and carry out individual and team research projects. Students also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving skills for business from local and overseas internships opportunities.
  • Intimate Apparel and Activewear
    The aim of this specialism is to ensure that students have the necessary academic and practical knowledge of intimate apparel and activewear, including the integration of design and technology aspects. It provides students with a supportive and inspiring learning environment to create imaginative designs using analytical and problem-solving abilities. It also encourages students’ independent judgement and critical thinking for the development of new intimate apparel and activewear. Students are guided to attain first-hand experience of the latest technologies, modern materials and industrial practice.
  • Technology
    The technology specialism nurture graduates with a sound knowledge of fashion products and production processes; who are able to apply their knowledge within a technical, economic, managerial and commercial context; who are flexible and can adapt and respond to change; and who have the potential to become industrial leaders in product development, process innovation and production management in textiles and apparel in local and global markets.


There are also opportunities for placements in the industry to gain on-the-job knowledge and experience in the workplace.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates with 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience can apply for Associateship of the Textile Institute in the UK (ATI).

Graduates can also apply for Graduate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel (GHKITA).


Career Prospects

Graduates have career opportunities in the fashion and textile industries, and related fields. These include:

  • fashion and textile design;
  • knitwear design;
  • product development;
  • pattern making;
  • fitting;
  • marketing/sales management;
  • buying/merchandising;
  • fashion retailing;
  • social media analytics;
  • luxury brand management;
  • global fashion management;
  • manufacturing/production; and
  • quality and colour control.


Students admitted to the senior year of the 4-year degree programme must specialise in one of the following specialisms under our BA Scheme:


Intimate Apparel and Activewear 


Knitwear Design and Technology

Retail and Marketing


Final Year Project Requirement (for all specialisms)

Professional Language Skills and Project Preparation (by Thesis/Collection) (4 credits)

Final Year Project (by Thesis/Collection) (5 credits)

Work-Integrated Education

As a graduation requirement, every student must complete a minimum of 3 weeks or 120 hours of Work-Integrated Education in an organizational context relevant to their future profession in the garment and textiles industry. This mandatory training must be completed before graduation.

More information on the subjects offered can be found here.

General University Requirement (GUR) Subjects

Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) (9 credits) - Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the undergraduate degree LCR, based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance, will be required to take additional credits (6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese) on top of the required credits.

Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) (6 credits) - Students are required to successfully complete two subjects (i.e. 6 credits) in any of the following four Cluster Areas (the two CAR subjects cannot be from the same Cluster Area):

  • Human Nature, Relations and Development (HRD)
  • Community, Organisation and Globalisation (COG)
  • History, Culture and World Views (HCW)
  • Science, Technology and Environment (STE)

By taking CAR subjects, students must fulfil the following three additional requirements:

i. English Reading and Writing (ER/EW) Requirements

ii. Chinese Reading and Writing (CR/CW) Requirements

iii. China Studies Requirement (CSR)

Service Learning Subject (3 credits)

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Fashion and Textile Studies, or the equivalent.


Selection Criteria

Applicants may be invited to attend a Design & Drawing test and/or an interview to ascertain their suitability for the programme.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 2766 6500; email: tcgeneral@polyu.edu.hk).