Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: 14490-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
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 Kit-lun Yick

  • 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 6 specialisms are:
    • 14490-SYT: Fashion and Textile Technology Specialism
    • 14490-SYD: Fashion and Textile Design Specialism
    • 14490-SYM: Fashion and Textile Marketing Specialism
    • 14490-SYR: Fashion Retailing Specialism
    • 14490-SYI: Intimate Apparel Specialism
    • 14490-SYK: Knitwear Design and Technology Specialism

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

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The general aim of the programme is to train competent professionals for the fashion business including textiles, apparel, retailing, design and related organisations. These professionals will play an active role in the development of the fashion and textiles industry locally and internationally. In addition to their professional competencies, the programme will also cultivate other essential competencies of the students for today’s society. They will possess abilities such as teamwork and leadership, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning; they will become creative problem solvers with problem solving skills, critical thinking and creative thinking; they will gain effective communication and interpersonal skills, and have high proficiency in biliteracy and trilingualism; and will become educated global citizens, demonstrate social and national responsibility, be interested in local and international affairs, 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 Technology
    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.
  • Fashion and Textile Design
    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
    The fundamental principles and practical knowledge of 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
    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.
  • Intimate Apparel
    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
    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.


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

Fashion and Textile Technology Specialism
Fashion and Textile Design Specialism
Fashion and Textile Marketing Specialism
Fashion Retailing Specialism
Intimate Apparel Specialism
Knitwear Design and Technology Specialism

Final Year Project Requirement (for all specialisms)

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

Final Year Project (by Thesis/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 organisational 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 obtained 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)

Recognition and 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 fashion and textile industries, and related fields. These include:

  • Fashion and textile design;
  • Knitwear design;
  • Product development;
  • Pattern making;
  • Fitting;
  • Manufacturing/production;
  • Quality and colour control;
  • Marketing/sales management;
  • Buying/merchandising;
  • Fashion retailing; and
  • Fashion management.

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:

Student Message

This Fashion and Textiles programme provides students with knowledge in the processes of fabric manufacturing, from yarn development and fabric construction and finishing to the range of materials, fabric types and structures involved. We not only learn through books, notes, videos and power point slides, but also from real opportunities to watch machine demonstrations and even try our hand at some of the processes in lab classes. This has made the learning easier and more comprehensive. The basic textile and fabric manufacturing-related chemistry and physics are also taught, which really helps students understand the mechanisms and characteristics of processes such as finishing, textile, etc. In addition to textile technology, the skills and methods of making garments such as pattern development and sewing and design skills are learned. Developing these various types of fashion and textiles knowledge provides an interesting and valuable learning experience that prepares us for the future.

TAM Chung Lui

The programme helped me choose the most suitable specialism based on my interests and academic results. In addition to the subjects in the selected specialism, we can take several subjects from other specialisms to gain knowledge in different areas. The programme is quite suitable for me because there are many teaching and learning methods applied in our studies, from experiments and practical workshops to factory visits – all of which support a better understanding of the course content and make the lessons more interesting. The teaching staff are kind and answers our questions in addition to providing corresponding suggestions for our work, which has been very helpful. I can also gain special experience and enhance my interpersonal skills by joining the wide variety of activities at PolyU. For example, there are library programmes, student tutoring and competitions.

HO Yuen Shan

Additional Documents Required

Supplementary Form

Applicants must declare the intended choices of Specialism under our BA Scheme. Within one month upon submission of your online application, applicants will be invited via email to complete an online form with your application ID to declare your intended choices of Specialism. Please click here for the details.

Transcript / Certificate

Applicants are required to submit the copy of their Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma trancripts/ certificates during their online application.

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between March and July (for both design and non-design specialisms)
Mode:Design specialisms - Design & Drawing test and/or an interview at PolyU; Non-design specialisms - May be invited to an interview at PolyU, if necessary

To assess the suitability of non-JUPAS candidates for the programme.


Design specialisms
* 2 hours for the Design & Drawing test; and
* About 15 - 30 minutes for the interview

Non-design specialisms
About 15 - 30 minutes for the interview


(a) Suitable candidates for the Fashion and Textile Design/ Knitwear Design and Technology specialisms will be invited to attend a Design and Drawing test and/or interview at PolyU, so their suitability for the programme can be assessed.  Those who are offered interviews are encouraged to bring portfolios of their work.

(b) Suitable candidates for the non-design specialisms may be invited to an interview at PolyU as well.