Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3492

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum) 

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
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.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and 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. 



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 Detail

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). 

Subject to approval


Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and 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 

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Other Information

  • Applicants attaining good results in EITHER art subjects (Textile, Visual Arts, and/or Design) OR science subjects (Chemistry and/or Mathematics) OR business OR commerce related subjects are all preferred.  




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Student Message

Student Message

During my four years of university life in the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC), I experienced and learned a lot, especially in my third and fourth years. In Year 3, I gained an eye-opening experience through an exchange programme to London. Other than benefiting academically and personally, I explored the culture and beauty of different countries. After my London journey, I got the chance, after several rounds of interviews, to participate in the summer internship programme with Shiseido Hong Kong, which is a well-known, Tokyo-based multi-national cosmetic corporation. To my delight, my ability was recognised. I was assigned to the marketing group, where all of my colleagues were very friendly and willing to coach me. To give me the greatest possible exposure in the company and the industry, Shiseido is very resourceful and committed to training student interns through a series of training sessions, conferences and personal development programmes. In my final year, I was honoured to represent PolyU in the Future Retail Challenge of the World Retail Congress, held in Amsterdam. This opportunity gave me a bigger picture of the industry around the world and greatly boosted my self-confidence. My fourth year at ITC was unforgettable, shining a light on my future career path.

LAM Ka Yee Charlie

I had a fruitful two years of study, admitted via the senior year intake, under the BA(Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles (Fashion Technology). I learned about interesting topics such as weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing. I enjoyed the practical classes most. I had the chance to produce fabric myself and build up a deeper understanding of fabric manufacturing principles. I was also lucky enough to serve as an intern at Luk’s Button Industrial Limited as an assistant in the Quality Assurance Department. I knew more about the industry after two months' stationing in the factory. My summer school experience at the Kyoto Institute of Technology was unforgettable. It broadened my horizons by allowing me to interact with international students and investigate traditional Japanese weaving craftsmanship. In my leisure time, I took part in some activities offered by PolyU with my friends, including mountaineering and a hand knitting workshop. Through these experiences, I explored new things and added value to my personal development. To conclude, I am glad to be an ITC student. I grew, learned and met life-long friends here. I would highly recommend joining this programme if you are passionate about fashion and textiles, you will gain a lot of valuable experience here.

CHUNG Wing Yi Grace

Studying at ITC was an amazing and unforgettable experience. During my four years of study, I learned about fashion sketching, garment construction, fashion marketing, fashion technology, etc. Apart from academic opportunities, ITC provides various forms of off-campus learning exposure. One of my most memorable experiences was an academic exchange programme in New York City. I was exposed to the international fashion world by living in this vibrant foreign city for a semester and making friends from different countries. I even had the chance to become a dresser in New York Fashion Week. Having the chance to study overseas was truly a wonderful experience. It expanded my understanding of different cultures and reminded me to always keep an open mind.

ITC graduates are equipped with holistic technical skills and industry knowledge. I had two internship opportunities in my final year. They were quite challenging and demanding. I developed all-round skills that are required from the fashion industry, such as problem solving skills, inter-personal communication skills and a creative mind. My career path started with the skillsets and knowledge that I gained from ITC and my internship experience.

I have had a strong interest in fashion design since I was a child. I was reluctant to apply to ITC programme because of my immature drawing skills. However, I was eventually admitted to the programme, as ITC welcomes everyone who is passionate about fashion. They value your intention and attitude towards fashion more than your technical skills at this early admission stage. As already mentioned, you will learn many more fundamental skills before you pick your specialism and enter the senior year. Last but not least, if you really have a strong interest in fashion, please do not hesitate to choose ITC at PolyU.

FAN Kam Wai Isaac

Fashion involves not only fashion design, but also retail, marketing and technology, which demands comprehensive knowledge of textiles, technology, fashion and supply chains. I am studying fashion retail. The professors not only teach management skills and theories, but also emphasize critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills. Besides, ITC supports and encourages me to extend my vision globally and enhance my fashion knowledge through opportunities for internships, overseas exchange, international competitions and expert sharing talks. These activities offer a practical and effective platform for me to build my skills. In summer 2019, I joined Lane Crawford China in Shanghai as student intern in the womenswear department. I gained perspective and work experience in a luxury brand. This was valuable to my career path. I enjoy my rich and colourful campus life. If you are ready to enter the fashion world, welcome to our family.

LI Lai Yee Ann

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November and June
Mode:Suitable candidates may be invited for interviews at PolyU or online interviews via Microsoft Teams

To assess the suitability of candidates for the programme


About 15 to 30 minutes' interview


The admission interview is for the BA Scheme, not individual specialism. All students will start the programme with 3 common semesters. Students without Secondary Major, after the 3 common semesters, will be streamed to one of the five specialisms according to students' individual preference and academic results. For the design-related Specialisms, i.e. Design, and Knitwear Design and Technology, students have to get through a design interview after completion of their first year of study after admission.