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Programme Code : 14097
Mode of Study : Full-time
Normal Duration : 1 year
Credits Required for Graduation : 30
Initial Registration Credits  

3 for local students; 6 for non-local students

Fund Type : Self-financed
Programme Director : Ms Basia Szkutnicka (Professor of Practice, Fashion Design), BA Hons

Programme Aims

We aim to cultivate creative and forward thinking designers who wish to develop a personal design identity, and bring a new offer and perspective to fashion.

The programme is innovative and contemporary, with the aim to respond intuitively to the demands of a vibrant global fashion landscape.

Close relationships and interaction with industry will provide insights for the workplace and exciting career development opportunities for graduates.

The study programme is intensive and fast paced, with sustainability firmly embedded at the core. The programme applies an analytical, critical and futuristic approach to learning.

This MA will act as a platform to launch unique designers into the fashion world who have a sound understanding of the fashion business environment.

We aim to deliver highly sought after, ambitious design professionals.

We aim to teach the future.


Four specialism subjects available:

  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Bodywear Design

Students will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills and exchange ideas through guided experimentation. There will be the opportunity to work in groups on a real life industry project, as well as develop a final major project while engaging in research and design in studio practice. Guest speakers and industry visits will be arranged where appropriate and students will be encouraged to seek industry mentors and sponsors. Students will learn to appreciate the demands placed on designers in this dynamic industry, and explore issues related to design practice, technology and theory. They will continuously receive updated information and improve their knowledge of innovative, relevant technologies in an integrated design context. Students are encouraged to have a sense of self-direction in research and investigation work as well as develop relevant transferable skills.

Programme Structure

The one-year study consists of three components.

Common core subjects

Design Concept

Evolution of Design Trends

Visual Design Communication

Fashion Technology

Fashion Business

Creative Textiles

These subjects will examine the different aspects of design thinking, prediction, aesthetics, 3D realisation, consumer behaviour, visual communication, industry practices, textile experimentation and technological innovations. They will also enhance existing knowledge and support individual practices.

A final major project

An innovative, professional piece of work based on an individual design proposal.

A final major project report

The report is a thoroughly researched written piece of work that underpins the final major project.

Please click here for the Definitive Programme Scheme. 

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in textiles or fashion design, or equivalent.
  • A Bachelor's degree in other fields of study but with adequate and relevant work experience in the fashion or textile industry (subject to approval)
  • Applicants who are not native English speakers and their Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by an institution in which the medium of instruction is not in English are required to fulfil the following minimum English language requirements:
  1. A total TOEFL score of 80 for the Internet-based test, OR 550 for the paper-based test; OR
  2. An overall band score of at least 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)



About the Scholarship: here
Application form: here

Other Information

  • The programme welcomes applications from candidates from all over the world.
  • Interviews will be held in Hong Kong and China or via SKYPE.
  • Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates. PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time.  In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.
  • Students will be expected to attend classes on a full-time basis.
  • The programme is taught in English; therefore, potential candidates must have an excellent command of the English language.
  • Non-local candidates admitted to the programme will have to make arrangements for their own accommodations during the course of the study.
  • In their application, candidates are required to submit samples of their work in PDF format (maximum file size 10 MB) including demonstration of the process of design development, design presentation sheets, pages from sketchbooks and visuals of garments / products / textiles. Should a candidate be selected for an interview, further guidelines for his/her portfolio which is to be presented at the interview will be provided.
  • Individual cases will be considered based on their own merit by the department. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.