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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3492

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Director

Dr Chris K.Y. Lo
PhD, B.Com 

  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and 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 programme via JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are in the information sheet, which is subject to change and will be announced on this website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

The general aim of the programme is to train competent professionals for the fashion business in textiles, apparel, retailing, design and related organisations. These professionals 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 gain effective communication and interpersonal skills. They are highly proficient in biliteracy and trilingualism, and become educated global 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 pursue studies in one of the following 5 specialisms under the BA Scheme.

  • Design
    The Design 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 in that it intends to nurture creativity and design ability. In addition to general education, students attain the knowledge and skills needed by a knitwear designer.
  • Retail and Marketing
    This specialism equips students for the global fashion business. Students learn the fundamental management and operational principles and practices of modern global fashion retail and marketing. In particular, it develops 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 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 carry out individual and team research projects. Students also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving business-related skills from local and overseas internship opportunities.
  • 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. 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 new development of intimate apparel and activewear. Students are guided to attain first-hand experience of the latest technologies, modern materials and industrial practice.
  • Technology
    The Technology 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 flexible enough 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 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.

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 the following:

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



All students start the programme with three common semesters that provide foundational knowledge of the major activities of the fashion and textiles industry. After these common semesters, students are streamed to one of the programme's five specialisms, according to their individual preference.

For the design-related specialisms, i.e. Design, and Knitwear Design and Technology, students have to pass a design interview after completing their first year of study after admission.

In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialism. However, in the unlikely event that a particular specialism is over-subscribed, a contingency procedure is followed. Each specialism has a threshold number of students determined by the teaching resources of the department, and the contingency procedure is applied when this threshold is reached. In this case, students are required to declare a selection list of specialisms in order of preference. Students in an over-subscribed specialism are ranked according to their academic performance during the last three semesters. Students with relatively unsatisfactory performance are required to join their second choice specialism.

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

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

(Click here for an explanation)

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 21.2 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 6500; email:

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 the 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 have been 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 the 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, the 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 the 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 the ITC programme because of my immature drawing skills. However, I was eventually admitted to the programme, as the 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 the 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 emphasise critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills. Besides, the 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

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

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While all bands of applicants are considered, preference is given to Band A and Band B applicants. Admission to the programme is in primarily based on academic merit, plus the following optional supplements.

Applicants are welcome to submit e-portfolios OR personal statements as supplementary information in support of their applications. This supplementary information is optional to all applicants, regardless of their intended future choice of specialism (e.g. fashion design). Detailed arrangements for and requirements of the e-portfolio or personal statement submission are announced to JUPAS applicants via email in June every year. (All students who are admitted with HKDSE results will start the programme with 3 common semesters of foundation training in fashion and textiles, after which they will be streamed into one of five specialisms, including designed related specialisms.)

The department may consider giving bonus scores to applicants with outstanding e-portfolios or personal statements.