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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3492

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

Normal Duration

4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum)

Credit Required for Graduation


Scheme/Programme Intake 93
Fund Type Government-Funded

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Director

Dr Joe Au
PhD, MDes, FRSA 


  • Students will be awarded one of the following awards upon successful completion of the graduation requirements of the programme concerned:
    • BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles (Design)
    • BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles (Intimate Apparel and Activewear)
    • BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles (Knitwear Design and Technology)
    • BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles (Retail and Marketing)
    • BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles (Technology)
  • Students are subject to further assessment criteria i.e. students' own choice, GPA and interview performance in selection of specialism at the end of their Year One study. 
  • The options of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) are available to the students. Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.
  • Students opting Secondary Major will not be streamed into specialism.
  • The credit requirements of this scheme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, the department will grant entry scholarship to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the scheme via JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are listed in the information sheet, they are subject to change and will be announced on the same website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to train competent professionals for the fashion business, equipping them to work in textiles, apparel, retailing, design, and related organisations. Graduates play an active role in the development of the global fashion and textiles industry in local and overseas markets. In addition to cultivating students’ professional competencies, the programme enhances their other essential competencies, such as entrepreneurship, social media marketing, and business analytics. This expands graduates’ skillsets to meet the needs of today’s business environment. They excel in leadership, teamwork, healthy lifestyle practices and lifelong learning; they become trend leaders, innovators, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers; and they deploy effective communication and interpersonal skills. They are biliterate and trilingual, and they serve as informed and ethical leaders who promote social and national responsibility, engage in local and international affairs, act as responsible global citizens, and exhibit cultural and aesthetic appreciation with a global perspective.



Based on their desired careers and academic performance, students can choose one of the following five specialisms under the BA Scheme.

  • Design
    This specialism nurtures students’ creativity and design ability, develops their awareness of current and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment, and enhances their understanding of relevant supporting marketing and business practices.
  • Knitwear Design and Technology
    This specialism is similar to the Design specialism, as it nurtures creativity and design ability. In addition to general education, students attain the knowledge and skills needed to become knitwear designers.
  • Retail and Marketing
    This specialism equips students to work in the global fashion business. Students learn the fundamental management and operational principles and practices of modern global fashion retailing and marketing. In particular, the specialism develops students’ skills in defining, analysing and solving business problems in fashion retailing 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 perform individual and team research projects. Students also acquire managerial, analytical, and problem-solving business-related skills through local and overseas internship experiences.
  • 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 how to integrate design and technology into such clothing. It provides students with a supportive and inspiring learning environment in which to create imaginative designs using analytical and problem-solving skills. It also encourages students to cultivate independent judgement and critical thinking for the development of novel intimate apparel and activewear. Students are guided to obtain first-hand experience of the latest technologies, materials, and industry practices.
  • Technology
    This specialism nurtures graduates with a sound knowledge of fashion products and production processes, who are able to apply this knowledge within technical, economic, managerial and commercial contexts. They are sufficiently flexible to adapt and respond to change, and they have the potential to become industrial leaders in product development, process innovation and production management in textiles and apparel fields 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.


The decision to admit a student to a specialism will be made by the department based on the student's choice, overall GPA of year one study, and/ or interview result. Students will be asked to rank their specialism choices (from the most preferred one to the least) during the summer term of their Year One study for the department's consideration and approval. 

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

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


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 textiles industry and related fields, including:

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Knitwear design
  • Product development
  • Marketing/sales management
  • Buying/merchandising
  • Fashion retailing
  • Social media analytics
  • Luxury brand management
  • Global fashion management
  • Manufacturing/production
  • Quality and colour control 


All normal 4-year students start the programme with three common semesters, in which a foundation of the spectrum of major activities of the fashion and textiles industry will be covered. After these common semesters, students without Secondary Major are streamed into one of the five Specialisms according to students’ individual preferences.

In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialism. However, in the unlikely event that there is over-subscribed, a contingency procedure is followed. As each specialism has a threshold number of students, determined by the teaching resources of the Department, the contingency procedure is applied when this threshold is reached, and requires students to supply a list of specialisms in order of preference. Specialism selection exercise is normally scheduled in the summer term of students’ first year of study. Students will be invited for a selection interview/ assessment based on their choice of specialisms. The pool of students in the over-subscribed specialism will be in a queue according to academic performance in their first year of study and interview/ assessment performance. Surplus students with less satisfactory performance at the end of the queue will have to join a lower priority of their selection of specialism. 

In the semesters after admission to their specialisms, students take compulsory subjects pertaining to these specialisms, together with a wide range of elective subjects to enrich their learning experience. Furthermore, students will undertake mandatory language subjects, General University Requirement (GUR) subjects and Work-Integrated Education (WIE) to fulfil graduation requirements. 

Secondary Major Details

The options of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) are available to the students of BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles. 

Selection Criteria

Studying on a Secondary Major is not mandatory.  Only students with a Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for Secondary Major enrolment.  Each Secondary Major may stipulate additional selection criteria for admission.  Students must apply to and obtain approval from the programme offering Department, no later than the commencement of the second year of study, to be admitted to the Secondary Major.


Credit Requirement

The students of BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles (F&T) with a Secondary Major of AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) are required to complete 133 and 138 credits respectively for graduation:

* The Integrated Capstone Project is a double counting subject (6 credits) for AIDA.


Professional Accreditation

Graduates with 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience can apply for the Associateship of the Textile Institute (ATI), UK. Graduates can also apply for Graduate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel (GHKITA). 

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

English plus ANY Chemistry/Design related subjects listed below are given the highest weighting for admission score calculation:

  • English Language
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Design and Applied Technology
  • Visual Arts

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are: 

  • Accounting for E-Business
  • Digital Comic Design and Production
  • Display and Jewellery Design
  • Film and Transmedia
  • PR and Multimedia Communication
  • Tech Basics
  • Creative Advertising
  • Multimedia Entertainment Studies
  • Mobile and Online Apps Development
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • New Media Communication Strategies
  • Practical Accounting for SMEs
  • Marketing in Global Trade
  • Jewellery Arts and Design
  • Jewellery and Accessories Design
  • Marketing and Online Promotion
  • Magazine Editing and Production
  • Practical Psychology
  • Understanding Financial Services
  • The Essentials of Dramatic Arts / The Essentials of Theatre Arts
  • Purchasing and Merchandising
  • Public Relations and Communication
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Sports Coaching and Management
  • Exercise and Fitness Coaching / Sports and Fitness Coaching
  • Retail Management
  • Internet of Everything Application
  • Computer Game and Animation Design
  • Entrepreneurship for SME
  • Data Application for Business / Business Data Analysis
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Business Research
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Care Practice
  • Health and Beauty Keeping in TCM
  • Image Design
  • Interior Design
  • Innovative Product Design
  • Fundamental Health Care
  • Fundamental Cosmetology
  • Fashion Image Design / Fashion and Image Design
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Exercise Science and Health Fitness
  • Film and Video / Film and Video Studies
  • Accounting in Practice

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 20.4 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


For further programme information, please contact
the General Office (tel.: 2766 6500; email: tcgeneral@polyu.edu.hk).