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Master of Arts / Postgraduate Diploma in Bespoke and New Couture


Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 14108

Stream Code

14108-BNC for MA full-time mode

14108-PNC for MA part-time mode

14108-PGD for PgD

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year for MA full-time

2 years for MA part-time

1.5 years for PgD part-time

Fund Type Self-financed

Credits Required for Graduation

33 for MA

21 for PgD

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students

6 for non-local students

Tuition Fees HK$6,500 per credit

Programme Leaders

Chief | Ms Mung Lar Lam (BA, MFA, MPhil)

Deputy | Dr Zhimin Chen


The first online asynchronous programme in PolyU, with onsite components through international collaborations with prestigious fashion school, Polimoda, Italy, master artisans and top global organisations in fashion.


The primary admission period for the upcoming academic year, applicable to both local and non-local candidates, is scheduled to conclude on 30 April 2024. We urge all interested applicants to expedite the submission of their applications to ensure consideration within this timeframe. It is important to note that our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, which means that applications are evaluated as they are received. Consequently, early submission is strongly recommended to improve your chances of securing a place in the programme. If there are remaining vacancies following the closure of the main admission round, the Programme Leader may consider to review and accept late applications on a case-by-case basis.


Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

  • To cultivate visionary and innovative design leaders in new heritage and bespoke fashion, emphasising quality and artisanship.
  • To merge contemporary concepts with historical techniques to foster innovation and relevance in slow fashion practices while imparting an entrepreneurial mindset.

Programme Characteristics

The MA/PgD in Bespoke and New Couture is uniquely designed for students who possess a deep appreciation for bespoke and slow fashion, customisation, historical influences, meticulous hand techniques, and exquisite craftsmanship as a basis for creativity and innovation. It provides a holistic approach to fashion design from concept and design ideation to visual communication, and artisanal techniques such as leatherwork, passementerie weaving, surface embellishment, tailoring and more.

The programme provides a comprehensive approach to fashion design, prioritising creativity and exceptional workmanship. It offers a distinct advantage through its dynamic mix of students from various corners of the world, providing a unique opportunity for the rediscovery and recontextualisation of global artisanal skills as a basis for conscious design and innovation. By sharing their respective cultural traditions, expertise, and interests, students and faculty can collectively contribute to the preservation and evolution of these heritage techniques into the future.

The onsite component includes a collaboration with Polimoda, Italy’s best school for high fashion, and is recognised by Forbes as one of the leading institutions shaping the future of fashion.  Situated in Florence, the most important luxury production hub, Polimoda boasts partnerships with esteemed brands such as Ferragamo, Gucci, LVMH, Bally, Richemont, Vogue, Lineappelle, Tods, the United Nations, and more. This partnership grants exclusive access to artisan studios and small-batch production factories, providing unparalleled learning opportunities for the students.

The MA/PgD in Bespoke and New Couture stands out among the majority of fashion design and artisan programmes worldwide. Unlike most programmes that prioritise either creativity and concepts or artisanal skills, this programme uniquely combines both elements. This distinctive combination of heritage skills and innovative contemporary design thinking offers a unique opportunity that sets us apart.

Programme Highlights

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Asynchronous distance learning with self-paced flexibility

Immersive digital technology assisted learning and integrated online accessibility features
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Unparalleled opportunities for practical training and first-hand experiences in the manufacturing landscape to innovate and problem-solve for the future of fashion

Practical training & first-hand experiences

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The convergence of heritage techniques and intentional approaches with contemporary concepts

Comprehensive and holistic approach to fashion design

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In collaboration with Polimoda

The first online asynchronous programme in PolyU, with onsite components through international collaborations with prestigious fashion school, Polimoda, Italy, master artisans and top global organisations in fashion.


Mature students, career changers, and entrepreneurs around the world are welcome.

Asynchronous hybrid programme

In collaboration with Polimoda

Core Subjects (3 credits per subject, unless specified)

Craftsmanship & Culture

Historical Research Methodologies

Historical Patternmaking

Essential Tailoring Techniques & Stitches

Fashion Presentation & Communications

Capstone Project I

Artisan Studio & Production (Polimoda, Italy)

Capstone Project II (6 credits) (Polimoda, Italy)

Capstone Exhibition at Villa Favard in Polimoda

Elective Subjects (3 credits per subject)


Couture Embellishment

Contemporary Passementerie Design

Hand Embroidery

Leatherwork Essentials

Important: PgD award can be completed in 1.5 years with 4 compulsory and 3 elective subjects (excluding Capstone Projects)

  • This is for entry of MA/PgD in Bespoke and New Couture, available for applicants with outstanding academic with graduation GPA at 3.8 or above in their bachelor's degree or graduated with 1st class honours award; and non-academic performance such as interview performance and portfolio.
  • Merit-based scholarship of HK$50,000 for each recipient.


A student can concurrently hold more than one scholarship administered by the University in an academic year if the total value of scholarships received by him/her does not exceed his/her annual tuition fee payable plus HK$50,000 unless otherwise stipulated. SFT reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at anytime. In case of any dispute/disagreement, SFT’s decision is final.

This programme equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in roles such as:

  • Costume Designer
  • Couture Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Leather Designer
  • Leather Production Manager
  • Pattern Maker Draper
  • Production Manager
  • Studio Artist and Manager (embellishments, textiles development, etc.)
  • Technical Designer
  • Textile Designer

For admission to master’s degree, the basic requirement is a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is recognised by PolyU.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to provide one of the following proficiency test results (taken within 2 years) to fulfil the minimum English language requirement for admission purpose:

  • A score of 80 or above in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test; OR
  • An Overall Band score of 6.0 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module.

Remarks: TOEFL iBT Home Edition, the IELTS Online and IELTS indicator test results will not be considered for meeting the English language requirements for taught programmes.

  • A bachelor’s degree (or above) in fashion design, textiles design, costume design, or related discipline. (No working experience requirement, but preferences will be given to applicants with fashion industry experience and background).
  • Mature students, career changers, and entrepreneurs will also be considered based on the strength of their skills and portfolio.
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript/Certificate
  • Copy of English examination results such as IELTS or TOEFL (for applicants who graduated from universities where the medium of instruction is not English)
  • Postal address in Chinese (for applicants from the Mainland China)
  • Selective design work# via online portfolio. Please indicate the URL of your personal website in the online application. The URL should enable reviewers to access and view your portfolio online without the need to download. (Please upload a word document with the above URL via “Others” under the “Additional Document” at eAdmission System.)
  • The maximum file size for ALL supporting documents (including academic parchment / transcript / English test proof, etc.) is 5MB.

#Samples of work in PDF format in your online portfolio should include design development, design presentation sheets, pages from sketchbooks and visuals of garments / products / textiles. Should a candidate be selected for interview, further guidelines on preparing the portfolio to be shown at the interview will be provided.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the admission interview.

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