University of Glasgow: Art History (Dress and Textile Histories)

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Culture and Creative Arts
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

The Masters in Dress & Textile Histories provides you with the skills to research and interpret the history of dress and textiles. Drawing on the knowledge of interdisciplinary academic and curatorial experts, the programme combines taught and research components based on a combination of theoretical and object based approaches. Working with museum collections, archives and historic interiors you will also be given a unique insight into the curation, interpretation and preservation of historic dress and textile collections.

**WHY THIS PROGRAMME**
The programme provides you with a unique opportunity within the UK to study historic dress and textiles, enabling you to develop knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in dress and textile histories in a critical and/or historical context

Scotland has a rich textile heritage and Glasgow is the ideal city in which to study dress and textile history, as there are internationally significant object and archival collections in the city and close by, including the National Museums Scotland, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, and the Scottish Business Archives at the University of Glasgow.

You will have privileged access to primary source material, objects and archives, including at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and Glasgow Museums.

The work placement option will enable you to develop your professional expertise within the heritage sector.

**PROGRAMME STRUCTURE**

The taught component consists of three core courses and three optional courses running over two semesters. This is followed by a period of supervised research and writing of a dissertation.
A number of study visits are built into the programme, introducing important local collections.
Teaching is delivered by a combination of in-house specialist and visiting scholars and experts. The lectures are enhanced by seminar discussions, some based in museums and galleries, giving you the opportunity to present your ideas and discuss them with classmates in a supportive yet challenging environment.

**Core courses**
- Framing Dress and Textile Histories

- Research Methods in Practice

- Museums and the Making of Dress and Textile Histories

**Optional courses**
- The Birth of Modern Fashion? Textiles and Dress, 1680 - 1815

- Understanding Textiles

- Victorian Visions: Dress and Textiles c.1837-1901

- Material Cultures

**You may also choose from the following options
run by History of Art:**
- Work placement

- Independent study

**Or from the following options in the College of Arts:**
- A Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institution (HATII) course : 2D Digitisation (Theory and Practice)

- A course from elsewhere in the College of Arts, subject to the approval of the programme convenor.

**Find out more about core and optional courses:**
www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dresstextilehistories/?card=coreandoptionalcourses

**Study trip**
These courses are supported by a self-funded four day study trip in semester 2. Previous trips have included Manchester (2012), Leeds (2013) and London (2014-16).

**Dissertation**
Submitted at the end of August, the dissertation (or other substantial piece of work) encourages independent work and the application of acquired research skills. It is expected that MLitt dissertations should make a contribution to some aspect of the subject. The dissertation is 15,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding bibliography).
**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

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