Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles
Sept 2017 EntryProgramme code: JS3492
Duration and Credit Requirement
Dr Kit-lun Yick
PhD, BA(Hons), GHKITA
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
Aims and Characteristics
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
The general aim of the programme is to train competent professionals for the fashion business including textiles, apparel, retailing, design and related organizations. These professionals play an active role in the development of the fashion and textiles industry locally and internationally. In addition to professional competencies, the programme cultivates other essential competencies for today’s society. Graduates possess abilities such as teamwork and leadership, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning; they become creative problem solvers with problem solving skills, critical thinking and creative thinking; they gain effective communication and interpersonal skills, and become educated global citizens, demonstrate social and national responsibility, are interested in local and international affairs, and exhibit cultural appreciation and a global outlook.
Based on desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in one of the following 6 specialisms.
Fashion and Textile Design, in which students' creativity and design ability are nurtured, their awareness of present and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment are developed, and their understanding of marketing and business practices are promoted.
Fashion and Textile Marketing, in which the fundamental principles and practical knowledge on both the technological and business aspects of the fashion industry are introduced. Students' ability to define, analyse and solve problems that are related to fashion marketing and merchandising are nurtured, and their initiative and competence are developed in individual or team research projects and marketing programmes.
Fashion Retailing, in which up-to-date strategic and operational knowledge related to the fashion retailing business is introduced. Fashion buying, store management and the distribution of fashion products in the international arena are emphasised. Students also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to the retail business.
Fashion and Textile Technology, in which students are inculcated with knowledge of fashion products, production processes and their applications in the technical, economic, managerial and commercial contexts. This knowledge allows them to become industry leaders in product development, process innovation and production management in the textiles and apparel industry.
Intimate Apparel, in which students can learn about the latest lingerie fashion design and technology in an active classroom. Expert seminars, practical workshops, live-model fitting, factory visits and summer internships help students to gain a better understanding of textiles, design, pattern, production and the business environment in real life.
Knitwear Design and Technology, in which students are trained to become competent in the highly specialised design profession. The essence of the training delivered lies in the merging of technology with design. Technology forms a solid foundation on which design skills are built. In this respect, yarn technology and knitting technology are two major areas that support and enrich the design curriculum. Design is the main stream in this specialism. The technological element of this specialism distinguishes knitwear designers from fashion designers.
There are also opportunities for placements in the industry to gain on-the-job knowledge and experience in the workplace.
All students start the programme with three common semesters, in which a foundation of the spectrum of major activities of the fashion and textiles industry are covered. After the common semesters, they are streamed to one of the 6 specialisms according to individual preference.
For the design specialisms, Fashion & Textile Design and Knitwear Design & Technology, students have to pass a Design & Drawing test and/or an interview for admittance. A student may elect to take the Design & Drawing test and/ or the interview prior to admission to the Scheme or at the beginning of the third semester.
In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialisms. However, in view of operational considerations, contingency procedures will be followed in the unlikely event that specialisms are oversubscribed. Each specialism has a threshold student number determined by teaching resources of the department. The contingency procedures will be in operation when that threshold is reached. In the contingency procedures, students are required to declare a selection list of specialisms in order of preference. The pool of students in the over-subscribed specialism will be placed in a queue according to their academic performance during the past two semesters. Surplus students with less satisfactory performance at the end of the queue will have to take their second preference of specialism.
In each of the subsequent semesters after admission to a specialism, compulsory Core Subjects pertaining to each specialism are offered, and a wide range of Elective Subjects are included to enrich the students' learning experience. Furthermore, students will undertake mandatory 30-credit subjects under the General University Requirements and Work-Integrated Education in fulfillment of the graduation requirements.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates with two 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).
Graduates have career opportunities in fashion and textile industries, and related fields. These include:
- Fashion and textile design;
- Knitwear design;
- Product development;
- Pattern making;
- Quality and colour control;
- Marketing/sales management;
- Fashion retailing; and
- Fashion management.
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