Programme Content






BA (Hons) Fashion Design is a dynamic year-long top-up degree programme based on project and studio work, with exceptional links to the fashion industry. It has an established international reputation for shaping creative, talented designers, capable of producing innovative, directional designs demanded by today’s fast-paced fashion world. 

You will be required to conduct research and negotiate design briefs, which involve producing a collection or product range around a theme of your choices, and work on a unique project which is shared between students in HK and the UK, known as Fashionmap.

UK-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students


Programme Features

Established reputation
Founded in 1843, the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the most well-established, renowned, and respected institutions in the UK, with exceptional national and international links within the fashion industry as well as recognised global presence. NTU is ranked 13th in the UK for Fashion and Textile (The Guardian University Guide 2023).

Competition opportunities 
Opportunities to compete in significant local and international competition (e.g. Young Design Talent Award (YDTA), Young Design Award (YDA) and Arts of Fashion Foundation etc.)

Exciting projects with UK students
This programme involves an exciting and unique project which is shared between students in the UK and Hong Kong, known as Fashionmap. This project documents street fashion in both countries and allows students to produce a presentation in relation to future fashion trends.

Local and overseas practitioner insights
Good mix of teaching staff from diverse fashion business background, both locally and internationally 

Career support 
Excellent support to ensure all students are employment ready at graduation with individual comprehensive e-portfolio containing student work, creative CV, etc. and opportunities for industry practitioner experience sharing.   

Our graduates are highly sought after in the industry.  93% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation.



Fashion Realisation: Research, Design & Technology 

The module is viewed as a set of learning experiences that supports your personal journey. The development of negotiated personal projects should be guided by your career aspirations within relevant fashion design contexts and challenge your design skills and abilities. You will produce an extensive body of 2D and 3D work to critically challenge your creativity through advanced research methodologies, design development and design translation.

Resolutions: Culture and Context

Develop an individual research concept that advances your knowledge of contextual issues, cultural theories and debates. You will present this as a dissertation or in the alternative format of a visual product.

Resolutions: Practice and Context for Fashion Design

You will write your own design brief informed by your emerging design interests through which you will develop a professional portfolio and collection of work relating to your career aspirations.  This will communicate your creative design thinking and decision-making through selecting a pathway of either: fashion collection where you will create a four-outfit collection for a catwalk show, or fashion product for exhibition. The year will include opportunities to engage with external contexts through live projects, competitions, or professional bodies and will culminate in showcasing your collection/product and portfolio to a range of audiences and providing opportunities for your ongoing personal and professional development.  You will have opportunities to engage with live projects, competitions and professionals to broaden your portfolio and strategically enhance career directions.



Oral presentation, assignment, examination, laboratory and practical report.


^ Under review and subject to change




QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 15/002828/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2027


Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes. Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships



Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A Higher Diploma in Fashion Design or a related subject area; AND 
  • Applicants are required to submit a personal statement in 300 - 400 words which outlines their reasons of applying for the Programme; AND 
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview to determine their abilities to undertake the Programme.  At the interview, applicants are required to give a presentation of their design portfolios, sample of their design work, evidence of visual studies and the development of a design concept to the final product. 


  • Mature applicants (of age above 21) or applicants with alternative qualifications will be considered according to their prior professional experience spanning a period of no less than 3 years, with accompanying qualifications (if any), and a satisfactory result at the selection interview. 


English Proficiency Requirements^

  • An overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS, with no subtest score of less than 5.5; or 
  • A score of at least 550 in TOEFL (213 for computer-based test). 

(Graduates of VTC Higher Diploma are exempted from the requirements)


^ Under review and subject to change

Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$96,450 by 2 instalments
     (Deduct up to HK$33,740 via NMTSS)

The tuition fee is as low as HK$22,710 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$96,450 - NMTSS HK$33,740 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).


A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students


"SHAPE has inspired me to pursue my creativity. I completed a creative fashion design project with great guidance from professional lecturers.It’s an invaluable experience to showcase my works in local and international competitions."

Viony Oktavia Prasetya

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

  • HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship

Financial Aids 
The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:

Financial Assistance Schemes
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,740 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)


Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year

For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.



Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

We offer excellent support to ensure all students are employment-ready at graduation with individual comprehensive e-portfolio containing student work, creative CV, etc. and opportunities for industry practitioner experience sharing.

Our graduates are highly sought after in the industry.  93% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation.

Further Studies

Some of our graduates have pursued master’s degrees in Fashion Marketing, Fashion Design and Costume Design for Performance at reputable universities in Hong Kong and in the UK. Graduates are well-prepared to further their studies in the subject area as well as the style of university study in the UK.



Project Showcase/ Awards

Project Showcase

Student Awards


"After graduated from Higher Diploma at HKDI, I continued to study a Fashion Design top up degree, where we had the opportunity to attend industry seminars and workshops, and to participate in various competitions to deepen industry knowledge and experience. After getting my bachelor’s degree, I worked in a German fashion brand and later established my own fashion brand, REDEMPTIVE."

Wilson Choi

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

  • Taiwan Fashion Design Award - Champion 
  • DalianCup International Youth Fashion Design Contest - Champion 
  • CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award
  • Dr Ng Tat-lun Memorial Outstanding Students Award

"The programme has equipped me with extensive knowledge in the fashion industry – how fast-paced fashion industry works, what are the steps to transform ideas into garment production, etc. I aspire to establish my personal brand in the near future."

Suzanna Yu

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

  • DFA Hong Kong Young Design Award
  • ESPRIT International Exchange Scholarship


Design Work Student & Award 
Chris Lo
Finalist of Young Designer Award (YDA) 2022
Melissa Chan Yuen Xin
Winner of Young Designer Talent Award (YDTA) 2021
Viony Oktavia Prasetya
Finalist of The 20th Arts of Fashion Foundation 2022

Ho Tsz Wai Cheryl & Chow Kit Ying
Winners of Fashion x AI 2022 Call For Young Fashion Talents 

The winners were awarded HKD$40,000 each, they have also won an opportunity to showcase work at M+ Fashion Show and  in the UK.

They are also the first designers in the world to use AI-based Interactive Design Assistant for Fashion System (AiDA). 

Alize Lam Yeuk Hei
Winner of CreateSmart Young Design Talent Award 2022
Ng Tsz Kwan
Winner of Young Design Talent Special Mention Award 2022



Connect with Us


Programme Coordinators

Ms. Cassandra Ng

Tel. no.

3928 2976




General Enquiries

Ms. Liu Ka Yan

Tel no.

3928 2587



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Registration No. : 251504. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.