Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles
Sept 2018 EntryProgramme code: JS3492
Duration and Credit Requirement
Dr Kit-lun Yick
PhD, BA, GHKITA
The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and 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 their professional competencies, the programme cultivates other essential competencies for today’s society. Students acquire abilities such as teamwork and leadership, entrepreneurship, a healthy lifestyle 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 have high proficiency in biliteracy and trilingualism. They will become educated global citizens, demonstrate social and national responsibility, be interested in local and international affairs, and exhibit cultural appreciation and a global outlook.
Based on their desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in one of the following five specialisms.
The aim of this specialism is to produce graduates who have 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 industry leaders in product development, process innovation, and production management in textiles and apparel in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and other parts of the world.
The aim of this specialism is to nurture students' creativity and design ability, to develop their awareness of present and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment, and to promote an understanding of the supporting marketing and business practices.
Retail and Marketing
The aim of this specialism is to equip students with fundamental principles, contemporary practices, and operational knowledge of fashion retail and marketing. In particular, it will develop 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 will be placed on the aspects of fashion sourcing, buying, market research, store management and distribution of fashion products in both local and international contexts. This specialism will ensure that the students attain the necessary professional skills required to initiate and carry out individual or team research projects. Students will also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to fashion retail and marketing.
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 judgment and critical thinking for the development of intimate apparel and activewear. Students are guided to attain first-hand experience of the latest technologies, modern materials and industrial practice. The major cultivates students’ all-round qualities, including ethics, a positive attitude, active learning, global insights and cultural appreciation, so that they can keep abreast of advances in the industry and be proactive in the face of change.
Knitwear Design and Technology
The aim of this specialism, similar to that of the Design specialism, is to nurture creativity and design ability. In addition to the general education, students are required to attain the essential knowledge and skills of a knitwear designer.
There are also opportunities for placements in the industry to gain on-the-job knowledge and experience in the workplace.
All students will start the programme with three common semesters that provide a foundation based on the major activities of the fashion and textiles industry. After the common semesters, students will be streamed to one of the five specialisms according to their individual preferences.
To be admitted to the design-related specialisms, i.e. Design and Knitwear Design and Technology, students must pass a Design and Drawing test and/or an interview. Students may select to take the Design and Drawing test and/or the interview prior to admission to the programme or at the end of the third semester after admission.
In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialism. However, a contingency procedure will be followed in the unlikely event that a particular specialism is over subscribed. Each specialism has a threshold student number determined by the teaching resources of the Department. The contingency procedure comes into operation when the threshold is reached. Students are then required to select a list of specialisms in order of preference. The pool of students in the over-subscribed specialism will be queued according to their academic performance during the past three semesters. Students with less satisfactory performance at the end of the queue will have to join their second choice of specialism.
In each semester after being admitting to a specialism, compulsory Core subjects pertaining to each specialism will be offered, together with a wide range of Elective subjects designed to enrich students' learning experience. Students must also undertake mandatory language subjects, General University Requirement subjects and Work-Integrated Education to fulfil the graduation requirements.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates with two years of relevant post-qualification experience can apply for Associate Membership 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)*.
* Subject to approval
Graduates have career opportunities in fashion and textile industries, and related fields including:
- 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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