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JUPAS code : JS3492  
Programme Code : 14490
Mode of Study : Full-time
Normal Duration : 4 years (2 years for senior year places applicants)
Credit Requirements : 123 (63- 75 credits* for senior year places applicants. The exact credits required will depend on the number of approved credits of transfer.) 
Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)- up to 9 credits* 
*Apart from meeting the credit requirement for graduation, senior year students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional 9 credits (i.e. 6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese) on top of the required credits.
Type of Funding : Government-funded
Intake Number : 92 (170 for senior year students intake)
Scheme Leader : Dr Chris LO
Deputy Scheme Leader : Dr Joanne YIP

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.

Programme Characteristics

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

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.

Retailing 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.

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 and an understanding of the supporting marketing and business practices.

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.

Knitwear Design & 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.

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Subject details:

ITC3221G Professional Attachment

It is a 3-credit bearing subject aims to develop all-round students with professional competence in the fashion industry. It enriches students’ global learning experience through local or overseas study trips or practical training, which lay the ground for applying their practical experience to their final year project or preparing for their future practice in the industry.

Students will have more opportunities to pursue academic excellence and receive international exposure, particularly with regard to acquiring a global perspective.


Under Technology Specialism

ITC3205T Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles

The subject provides an insightful and holistic understanding of the sustainability in the fashion and textile industry. It explores creative approaches for a change in the lifecycle of textile products, and considers practices in organic, sustainable textiles and clothing, and eco-design. It also explores the formulation of a sustainability strategy to safeguard and/or enhance the brand value of a fashion company.

ITC4202T Smart Textiles for Wearable Applications

The subject provides the knowledge of the latest development, including materials, technologies and products, in smart textiles for wearable application.  Topics include Smart Fibers and Fibrous Assembles, Interactive Textile Devices (textile energy storages, photonic fabric displays, textile circuit boards, etc.), Wearable Products and System Analysis (thermal regulating garments, health monitoring garments, I-shoes, wearable phototherapy device, etc.).


Under Intimate Apparel & Activewear Specialism 

ITC4210I Activewear Development

The subject explores the areas of designing, developing and evaluating activewear to meet the functional requirements of sports activities as well as the industry requirements.  Topics include technical design of activewear, materials, prototyping and advances in activewear evaluation.

ITC4201T Advanced Performance Evaluation of Functional Apparel

The subject provides technical knowledge and skills for the performance evaluation of different functional fabrics and apparel products through applying various advanced forms of assessment methodologies, techniques and analysis. It identifies the problems encountered in the functional apparel performance evaluation and analysis under industrial practice and investigates the solutions to meet the requirements from the customer and the industry.

ITC4204T Fit Solutions

The subject provides advanced knowledge of apparel fit in relation to materials and structure of human body, as well as the stretch-to-fit concepts, fit diagnosis and essential techniques of pattern amendment to solve the fitting problems in fashion design and product management.


Under Design Specialism

ITC3210D Menswear Design

The subject provides the knowledge and skills employed by the fashion industry to develop creative menswear garments for a global market. It specifically provides professional skills to visualize, present and communicate original menswear design concepts in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional formats effectively.

ITC3211D Occasion Wear Design

The subject identifies and adopts professional design process methods employed by the special occasion wear industry to create a coherent design portfolio and a modern occasion wear prototype at industry standards.


Under Knitwear Design & Technology Specialism 

ITC3222K Knitted Structure Design

The subject provides the foundation knowledge on knitting techniques and fabrics through hands-on exercises on V-bed hand knitting machine. It covers the essential elements of the formation, properties and end-uses of hand knitted fabrics for the production of knitwear.

ITC3223K Circular and Warp Knitting for Fashion

The subject enhances the knowledge of other types of knitting techniques, including circular and warp knitting techniques and machineries, to produce knitted items in three dimensional shape such as shocks, gloves and seamless garment.


Under Retail & Marketing Specialism

ITC3214M Omni-channel Marketing and Retailing

The subject introduces the theoretical and practical perspectives of omni-channel fashion marketing and retailing and formulates the omni-channel strategy and planning for fashion brands. It also explores the latest technologies to develop the mobile and social media applications and the ways to integrate them with the services in physical stores.

ITC4208M Luxury Fashion Management

The subject gives an overview of the luxury industry and the brand management process for luxury products from the perspectives of both the luxury consumer and the industry.  Topics include luxury distribution models, store locations, store concept and design, customer relationship management for luxury consumers, instore service, brand ethics, etc.

ITC4209M Fashion Communication Studies

The subject studies the impact of communication in fashion business, as well as the mass communication theories and methods to implement effective business communication in fashion marketing and retailing.

Programme Structure

All students will start the programme with 3 common semesters, in which a foundation of the spectrum of major activities of the fashion and textiles industry will be covered.   All students, after the common semesters, will be streamed to one of the five Specialisms according to students’ individual preference.

In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialism. However, in view of operational consideration, contingency procedure will be followed in the unlikely event that there is over subscription of a specialism.  Each specialism has a threshold student number determined by teaching resources of the department.  The contingency procedure will be in operation when such threshold is reached. 

In the contingency procedure, students are required to declare a selection list of specialisms in the 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 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 each of the subsequent semesters after admission to a specialism, compulsory core subjects pertaining to each specialism will be offered, and a wide range of elective subjects will also be included to enrich the learning experience of students.  Furthermore, students will undertake mandatory language subjects, general education subjects and work-integrated education in fulfilment of general university requirements.

Students who are admitted via senior year places will start their specialism study at the time of admission. They are expected to complete the programme in 2 years.

Academic Advising

At ITC, academic advising involves helping students to understand the aims of university education, the culture and forms of learning at university, academic culture at ITC, their chosen broad discipline of Fashion and Textiles, available specialisms and the paths that could be taken so that students can develop their self-development plan to achieve their goals and monitor their own progress. Please click here for details. 

General University Requirements (GUR)

According to the 4-year programme curriculum, students are required to complete 30 credits in the General University Requirements (GUR) apart from fulfilling the Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR) subjects. Please click here for details. 

Career Prospects

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

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

Professional Recognition

Graduates with 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience can apply for Associateship of the Textile Institute (ATI), UK, and Graduate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel (GHKITA).

Entrance Requirements

For Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Applicants

The minimum entrance requirements to the Scheme are in line with the general entrance requirements of the University, which are as follows:

  • Level 3 in English Language, Chinese Language and Elective subjects (including M1/M2); and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.

Students will be shortlisted based on 5 HKDSE subjects for calculation of admission scores. Admission score calculation mechanisms adopted is “Any Best 5 Subjects”. 

Applicants should check the admission score calculation mechanism of individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes under the respective programme entries at Study@PolyU

Relevant Applied Learning (ApL) subject(s) can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement. JUPAS programme will accept 1 ApL subject for meeting the entrance requirements. An attainment at Attained with Distinction (I) level or above is required.

For Senior Year Places Applicants

  • An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Fashion and Textile Studies or the equivalent (e.g. fashion, textiles, design or merchandising).

Assessment arrangements for JUPAS applicants

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.



Alternative Entry Route

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

For non-JUPAS Applicants

Please visit Study@PolyU for the admission requirements.

For International Applicants

Please visit Study@PolyU for the admission requirements.