Programme Content






Fashion in the 21st Century is a truly global business. This programme is an exciting opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the breadth and connection of the global fashion business. It enables you to experience the diverse range of career opportunities within the industry through projects related to international fashion, retail branding and visual communication. The aim of this programme is for students to experience and develop an understanding of the international cultural, business and consumer diversity that influences it on a worldwide level. 

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 11th in the UK for Art & Design (Complete University Guide 2024).

Exchange opportunity
Students can conduct joint-projects with the UK cohort and benefit from the links we have with the home programme offered at NTU in the UK through teaching and learning experiences

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

Regular visits and trips to seminars and events organised by the industry, trend consultancies, trade sector and government bodies will be organised.

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

Recent graduates are now working for renowned brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Eland Fashion, Arcadia Group, etc.


Fashion Industry Trends & Innovation 

This module aims to encourage you to explore global economic, technological, environmental and consumer trends and assess their impact on the fashion industry. You will reflect on your findings and analysis to identify and propose creative solutions for your personal project in the second half of the year.

The Contemporary Global Fashion Market 

This module aims to introduce you to the structure and key sectors of the Fashion Industry, exploring the areas of Product development, sourcing, buying, location, marketing and the consumer in a global context through research and enquiry. Later in the module, you will select a pathway project that reflects your interests and ambitions to build upon for the second half of the year.

Innovation in Fashion Business 

This module aims to provide you opportunity to embark on a substantial personal project that reflects your interests in the fashion industry. The predominantly self-directed project, underpinned through primary and secondary research culminates in creative output to communicate your ideas, skills and abilities across multiple techniques.

Professional Practice and Portfolio 

This module aims to support you to consolidate all of your experiences and project work undertaken in the programme so far.  A number of pathway-specialist sessions will inform more in-depth awareness relating to critical issues in your chosen field, offering opportunity for a professional edge. Further, the production of a professional package (including an e-portfolio) will help reflect your ambitions and career development aspirations going forward.



Project proposal, reports, poster, reflective analysis, creative output, and individual and team presentations, etc.



QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 15/002829/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2015 to 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, Fashion Design, Textiles, Branding and Buying, Fashion Image Design, Fashion Media Design, or a related subject area; AND 
  • Applicants are required to submit a personal statement in around 1,000 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.


  • 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; 


  • A score of at least 550 in TOEFL (213 for computer-based test). 

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



Fees & Funding


  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$98,280 by 2 instalments


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


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 $34,390 per year 
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $91,040
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,810
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 57,340
(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.

Recent graduates are now working for renowned brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Eland Fashion, Arcadia Group, etc.

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.


"This programme deepened my understanding of the fashion industry, and the knowledge I gained are useful to my MA studies.  Among all modules, I was most interested in Fashion Brand Marketing and Promotion, which taught about branding theories and culture of international brands, and how to promote these brands to the local market."

Alicia Chan
BA (Hons) International Fashion Business

  • MA Strategic Fashion Marketing,
    London College of Fashion, UK

"While I enjoyed fashion design a lot, the marketing module of this programme has further developed my ability in preparing marketing strategy plans for a real fashion brand and enhanced my branding sense, providing me with competitive advantages in my career."

Juliette Ho
BA (Hons) International Fashion Business

  • MA Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, University of Arts London





Project Showcase/ Awards/ Campus Life

Project Showcase


Student Awards

Student Award
Yiu Ka Po HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2020-21
Yung Yee Tung, Iris Nottingham Trent University Scholarship 2019


Graduation Ceremony



Connect with Us


Programme Coordinator

Ms. Cassandra Ng

Tel. no.

3928 2976




General Enquiries

Mr. Floyd Tso

Tel. no.

3928 2484



Connect with SHAPE Community

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Registration No. : 251505. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.