Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles (This programme has been phased out and has no intake starting from the 2014/15 academic year)


Programme Code : 14090
Mode of Study : Full-time
Normal Duration : 3 years
Credit Requirements : 97
Type of Funding : Government-funded
Scheme Leader : Dr Kit-lun Yick, Kit BA; PhD; B/TEC Ordinary National Diploma; B/TEC Higher National Diploma

Programme Aims

The textile and apparel business is the largest export sector in Hong Kong. There is strong demand for various professionals in apparel, textiles, retailing and related fields. This programme aims to educate and train students to become competent professionals with active roles in the development of the fashion and textiles industries in Hong Kong. Through the programme, students will develop all-roundedness and professional competence in fashion and textile design, fashion and textile marketing and merchandising, fashion technology, fashion retailing, intimate apparel and knitwear design for both the local and international markets.

Programme Characteristics

Based on desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in one of the following areas.

  • Fashion and Textile Design
    in which students' creativity and design skills are nurtured, their awareness of present and emerging technologies in the fashion and manufacturing environment are developed and their understanding of marketing and business practices are promoted.
  • Fashion and Textile Marketing and Merchandising
    in which the fundamental principles and practical knowledge on both the technological and business aspects of the fashion industry are introduced. Students' ability to define, analyse and solve problems that are related to fashion marketing and merchandising are nurtured, and their initiative and competence are developed in individual or team research projects and marketing programmes.
  • Fashion Retailing
    in which up-to-date strategic and operational knowledge related to the fashion retailing business is introduced. Fashion buying, store management and the distribution of fashion products in the international arena are emphasised. Students also acquire managerial, analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to the retail business.
  • Fashion Technology
    in which students are inculcated with knowledge on fashion products, production processes and their applications in the technical, economic, managerial and commercial contexts. This knowledge allows them to become industry leaders in product development, process innovation and production management in the textiles and apparel industry. In addition to the single discipline degree of fashion technology, in conjunction with the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, we provide the options of study pathways that lead to double degrees. This double degree inculcates students with knowledge of chemical technology and its applications, and gives them the professional competence to engage in commercial trading and industrial manufacturing in fashion products and production processes.
  • Intimate Apparel
    in which students can learn about the latest lingerie fashion design and technology in an active classroom. Expert seminars, practical workshops, live-model fitting, factory visits and summer internships help students to gain a better understanding of the textiles, design, pattern, production and business environment in real life.
  • Knitwear Design with Technology
    in which students are trained to become competent in the highly specialized design profession. The essence of the training delivered lies in the merging of technology with design. Technology forms a solid foundation on which design skills are built. In this respect, yarn technology and knitting technology are two major areas that support and enrich the design curriculum. Design is the main stream in this specialism. The technological element of this specialism distinguishes knitwear designers from fashion designers.

There are also opportunities for placements in the industry to gain on-the-job knowledge and experience in the workplace.

Programme Structure

Students are introduced to the entire spectrum of the fashion and textile industry in the common first year of study. They then opt for one of the specialisms of study in the remaining years to concentrate on advanced Core Subjects within a specialism, with Elective Subjects that enrich their learning experiences and broaden their career prospects.

Students in the fashion technology area can choose the double-degree option that also leads to the BSc(Hons) in Chemical Technology. Graduates of this double-degree programme are equipped with a strong foundation in applied chemistry combined with knowledge in the specific applications of chemistry in the coloration of textile fibres, fabrics, garments and related clothing materials through studying subjects such as Colour Science, Finishing Technology, Cosmetology, Product Evaluation, Textile Science, Clothing Studies, Coloration Technology, Fashion Product Development, Management and Quality Assurance.

The two specialisms, Intimate Apparel and Knitwear Design with Technology for the Higher Diploma or Associate Degree graduates in Fashion & Textile Studies, or the equivalent, have been implemented since the academic year 2008-09, with an annual intake number of 30 and 20 respectively.

Career Prospects

Graduates have career opportunities in fashion and textile industries, and related fields. These include:

  • Fashion and textile design;
  • Knitwear design;
  • Product development;
  • Pattern making;
  • Fitting;
  • Manufacturing/production;
  • Quality and colour control;
  • Marketing/sales management;
  • Buying/merchandising;
  • Fashion retailing; and
  • Fashion management.

Professional Recognition

Graduates with 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience can apply for 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

For Entry with HKALE Qualifications
There are no specific requirements other than the General Entrance Requirements of the University.

Alternative Entry Route

  • A Diploma (with Credit or Pass at Merit Level in at least three Level III subjects) in the relevant fields of study (e.g. fashion, textiles, design or merchandising) from PolyU, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) or the equivalent.

Holders of a Higher Diploma in a relevant field of study (e.g. fashion, textiles, design or merchandising) may be given credit transfers for some Year One subjects.

(For Entry into the two specialisms: Intimate Apparel and Knitwear Design with Technology)

  • A Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Studies or the equivalent.

Preferred Subjects

We give preference in our admissions selection to those HKALE/HKALE(AS-Level) subjects listed in our entrance requirements, and the following HKALE/HKALE(AS-Level) subject(s):

  • Applied Mathematics;
  • Biology;
  • Business Studies;
  • Chemistry;
  • Chinese History;
  • Chinese Language & Culture;
  • Chinese Literature;
  • Computer Studies/Computer Applications;
  • Design & Technology;
  • Economics;
  • Electronics;
  • Engineering Science;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Physics;
  • Principles of Accounts; 
  • Pure Mathematics/Mathematics & Statistics;
  • Use of English; and
  • Visual Arts.

For the minimum AL scores of applicants in the past years, please refer to PolyU admission website at Please note that the score information is for applicants' reference only. The actual cut-off AL scores may be uplifted depending on the academic performance among the JUPAS applicants applying to our BA programme in the same year.


  • The BA(Hons) in Fashion Technology offers study options that lead to double degrees.
  • Shortlisted applicants of the Fashion and Textile Design and Knitwear Design withTechnology specialisms will be required to attend a "Drawing & Design Test" and / or an interview so their suitability of the programme can be assessed.
  • Applicants with qualifications attained overseas or in other disciplines will be considered.