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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. They will identify and explore their individual design D.N.A and develop a final major research project through intensive design development, research and 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

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.

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

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

Room TU502 Yip Kit Chuen Building,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold: A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are: An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). Alternatively, consideration will be given to acceptable scores in other internationally recognized public examinations, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

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).


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