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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

We aim to produce creative, forward thinking designers who will develop their personal design identity, bringing a new perspective to fashion through their design conceptualisation and creative application and informed decision-making skills. The programme is innovative and contemporary, and aims to respond intuitively to the demands of a vibrant global fashion landscape. Close relationships and interactions with industry provide insights into the workplace and exciting career development opportunities for graduates. The course is intensive and fast paced, with sustainability firmly embedded at the core, within a design focused environment. The programme fosters an analytical, critical and futuristic approach to learning, encouraging independent research and artistic expression. This MA will act as a platform to launch unique designers into the fashion world with a sound understanding of the fashion business environment. We aim to deliver highly sought after, ambitious design professionals. We aim to teach the future.


Throughout their study, students will be encouraged to develop independent learning methods and exchange ideas through guided experimentation. There will be an opportunity to work in groups on a live industry project, as well as develop a final major research project and design development through studio practice. Guest speakers and industry visits will be arranged where appropriate, and students will be encouraged to look for industry mentors and sponsors. Students will learn to appreciate the demands placed on designers in this dynamic industry, while exploring issues of design practice, technology and theory. They will continuously update their knowledge and understanding of innovation in relevant technologies within an integrated design context. Students will be encouraged to apply a sense of autonomy through investigation and research as well as to develop relevant transferable skills.

Programme Structure:

Students may select one of the following specialist subject routes:

  • Fashion Product
  • Textiles
  • Knitwear

Over two semesters, aspects of design thinking, prediction, aesthetics, 3D realisation, consumer behaviour, visual communication, industry practice, textile experimentation and technological innovation will be examined. Students will also enhance existing knowledge and support individual assignment work through research and practice.

Students are required to take all of the following subjects to graduate from the programme:

3-credit subjects

  • Creative Textiles
  • Design Collection Preparation
  • Design Concept
  • Evolution of Design Trends
  • Fashion Business
  • Fashion Technology
  • Visual Design Communication

9-credit project

The Personal Project includes a written research report, individual design portfolio and a collection.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$154,500.00 (15,69,484) per year
HK $5,150 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

A Bachelor's degree in textiles or fashion design, or the equivalent.

Applicants who hold Bachelor's degree in other field of study and have adequate and relevant work experience in the fashion or textile industry may be considered for admission.

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 fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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