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JUPAS code : JS3492
Programme Code : 14490
Mode of Study : Full-time
Normal Duration : 4 years (2 – 2.5 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 : 97 (200 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 including textiles, apparel, retailing, design and related organizations. These professionals will play an active role for the development of the fashion and textiles industry locally and internationally. In addition to their professional competencies, the programme will also cultivate other essential competencies of the students for today's society. They will possess abilities such as teamwork and leadership, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning; they will become creative problem solvers with problem solving skills, critical thinking and creative thinking; they will gain effective communication and interpersonal skills, and have high proficiency in biliteracy and trilingualism; and will become an educated global citizens, demonstrate social and national responsibility, be interested in local and international affairs, exhibit cultural appreciation and global outlook.

Programme Characteristics

Based on desired careers and academic performance, students can pursue studies in any one of the following specialisms:

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 is promoted.

Fashion and Textile Marketing, 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 and Textile 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.

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 textiles, design, pattern, production and the business environment in real life.

Knitwear Design and Technology, in which students are trained to become competent in the highly specialised 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.


Please click here for the Subject List.


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 6 specialisms according to students' individual preference. For the design specialism, Fashion and Textile Design and Knitwear Design and Technology, students have to pass a Design & Drawing test and/ or an interview for admittance. A student may elect to take the Design & Drawing test and the interview prior to admission to the Scheme or go through a specialism selection exercise before the start of the third semester in summer time.

In principle, all students are offered a free choice of specialism. However, in view of operational considerations, contingency procedure will be followed in the unlikely event that there were 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. The pool of students in the over-subscribed specialism will be in a queue according to academic performance during the past 2 semesters. Surplus students with less satisfactory performance at the end of the queue will have to join the second preference of their selection of specialism. In each of the subsequent semesters after admitting 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 30-credit subjects under the General University Requirements (hyperlink) and Work-Integrated Education (hyperlink) in fulfillment of the graduation requirements.

For students admitted via senior year places, they will start their specialism study at the time of admission. Students are expected to complete the programme in 2 years with a maximum registration period of 4 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. (hyperlink to a separate page)

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. (hyperlink to a separate page)

Programme Document (PD)

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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
  • Quality and colour control
  • Marketing/ sales management
  • Buying/ merchandising
  • Fashion retailing
  • Fashion 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 one Elective subject; and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.

Subjects with the Highest Weighting

We give the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores to the following subjects:

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Liberal studies

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).

Design & Drawing Test and/or Interview

Shortlisted applicants of the Fashion & Textile Design and Knitwear Design & Technology specialisms will be required to attend a Design & Drawing Test and/or attend an interview to ascertain their suitability for the programme. Applications for other specialisms may be invited for an interview. Please click here for details.


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.