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

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Intake
92 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
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.



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 will play an active role in the development of the global fashion and textiles industry in local and overseas markets. In addition to their professional competencies, the programme will also cultivate students’ other essential competencies, such as entrepreneurship, social media marketing, and business analytics, expanding graduates’ skillsets for today’s business environment. They will possess personal excellence in leadership, teamwork, healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning; they will become trend leader, innovator, critical thinker and creative problem solvers; they will gain effective communication and interpersonal skills, and have high proficiency in biliteracy and trilingualism; and will become educated global and ethical leaders, promote social and national responsibility, engage in local and international affairs, acts as responsible global citizen, and exhibit cultural and aesthetic appreciation with global perspective.



Based on desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in one of the following 5 specialisms under the BA Scheme.

  • Design
    Design specialism nurture students’ creativity and design ability, and this specialism develop their awareness of current and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment and to promote an understanding of the supporting marketing and business practices.
  • Knitwear Design and Technology
    This specialism is similar to that of the Design specialism in that it intends to nurture creativity and design ability. In addition to the general education, students also attain the essential knowledge and skills of a knitwear designer.
  • Retail and Marketing
    This specialism equips students for global fashion business. Students will learn the fundamental management principles, contemporary practices and operational knowledge of global fashion retail and marketing. In particular, it will develop students’ skills in defining, analyzing and solving business problems in fashion retail and marketing, from fast to luxury fashion, and from fashion accessories to lifestyle products. Emphasis will be placed on the aspects of fashion sourcing, buying, market research, branding, digital marketing, omni-channel distribution, social media analytics, store management and distribution of fashion products in both local and global contexts. This specialism will ensure that students attain the necessary professional skills to initiate and carry out individual and team research project. Students will also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving skills for business from local and overseas internships 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 aspects. It provides students with a supportive and inspiring learning environment to create imaginative designs using analytical and problem-solving abilities. It also encourages students’ 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
    Technology specialism nurture graduates who have sound knowledge of fashion products and production processes; who are able to apply their knowledge within a technical, economic, managerial and commercial context; who are flexible and can adapt and respond to change; and who 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.



All students will start the programme with three common semesters that provide a foundation based on the major activities of the fashion and textiles industry. After the common semesters, students will be streamed to one of the five specialisms according to their individual preference.

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.

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

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

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 fashion and textile industries, and related fields including:

  • 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; and
  • Quality and colour control.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS 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.



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

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Additional Documents Required

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between March and July (for both design and non-design specialisms)
Mode:Suitable candidates may be invited to interview at PolyU or via Skype/ Microsoft Teams

To assess the suitability of candidates for the programme.


About 15 to 30 minutes for the interview


The admission interview is for the BA Scheme, not individual specialism. All students will start the programme with 3 common semesters. Students, after the 3 common semesters, will be streamed to one of the 5 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.