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Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 14097

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
Institute of Textiles and Clothing

Stream Code


Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

1 year

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,150 per credit for local and non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director


Deputy Programme Director

Dr Lilly LI

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

We aim to produce creative, forward thinking designers who will develop their personal design identity, bringing a new perspective to fashion through their design conceptualisation and creative application and informed decision-making skills. The programme is innovative and contemporary, and aims to respond intuitively to the demands of a vibrant global fashion landscape. Close relationships and interactions with industry provide insights into the workplace and exciting career development opportunities for graduates. The course is intensive and fast paced, with sustainability firmly embedded at the core, within a design focused environment. The programme fosters an analytical, critical and futuristic approach to learning, encouraging independent research and artistic expression. This MA will act as a platform to launch unique designers into the fashion world with a sound understanding of the fashion business environment. We aim to deliver highly sought after, ambitious design professionals. We aim to teach the future.



Throughout their study, students will be encouraged to develop independent learning methods and exchange ideas through guided experimentation. They will identify and explore their individual design D.N.A and develop a final major research project through intensive design development, research and studio practice. Guest speakers and industry visits will be arranged where appropriate, and students will be encouraged to look for industry mentors and sponsors. Students will learn to appreciate the demands placed on designers in this dynamic industry, while exploring issues of design practice, technology and theory. They will continuously update their knowledge and understanding of innovation in relevant technologies within an integrated design context. Students will be encouraged to apply a sense of autonomy through investigation and research as well as to develop relevant transferable skills.


Programme Structure

Students may select one of the following specialist subject routes:

  • Fashion Product
  • Textiles
  • Knitwear


Over two semesters, aspects of design thinking, prediction, aesthetics, 3D realisation, consumer behaviour, visual communication, industry practice, textile experimentation and technological innovation will be examined. Students will also enhance existing knowledge and support individual assignment work through research and practice.


Students are required to take all of the following subjects to graduate from the programme:

3-credit subjects

  • Creative Textiles
  • Design Collection Preparation
  • Design Concept
  • Evolution of Design Trends
  • Fashion Business
  • Fashion Technology
  • Visual Design Communication


9-credit project

The Personal Project includes a written research report, individual design portfolio and a collection.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in textiles or fashion design, or the equivalent.


Applicants who hold Bachelor's degree in other field of study and have adequate and relevant work experience in the fashion or textile industry may be considered for admission.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information
  • Interviews will be held in Hong Kong and China or via SKYPE.
  • Students will be expected to attend classes on a full-time basis.
  • The Programme is taught in English. Potential candidates must have excellent English language proficiency.
  • Non-local candidates admitted to the programme will need to make their own accommodation arrangements during the course of study.
  • The Department will consider individual cases on their merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.


For further information on academic matters, please contact: 
Miss Sicily Ho (tel: (852) 2766 6493; email: sicily.ho@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

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