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University of Glasgow: Art History: Dress and Textile Histories

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

Summary

This Masters provides you with the skills to research and interpret everyday clothing, fashion and textiles in historical contexts. The programme introduces you to theoretical and object-based approaches through a combination of taught and research-based components, showing you how historic dress and textiles can be studied both in their own right and as a means to understand the past. Close links with local and national archives, libraries and museums, including Glasgow Museums and the Victoria & Albert Museum, means the programme offers you a unique insight into the study, curation, interpretation and preservation of historic dress and textile collections.

The programme introduces you to specialist in-house staff and visiting experts in curation, costume design and making, and the wider heritage sector, demonstrating how dress and textile histories may be studied and applied professionally.

  • Glasgow is the ideal city in which to study dress & textile history because of its vibrant local textile heritage and close links to national institutions. You will have the chance to engage with and learn from locally and nationally significant collections including the Scottish Business Archives at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Museums and National Museums Scotland.
  • The core and optional courses give you the opportunity to conduct archival and object-based study for a range of chronological periods, offering hands-on experience and practical research skills.
  • The work placement option enables you to develop your professional expertise within the heritage sector.

You will:

  • Take three core courses
  • Take three optional courses
  • Research and write a dissertation

Semester 1: September to December

  • CORE 1: FRAMING DRESS AND TEXTILE HISTORIES
  • CORE 2: RESEARCH METHODS AND SKILLS
  • One optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • CORE 3: APPLYING DRESS AND TEXTILE HISTORIES
  • Two optional courses

Optional courses

Optional courses include, but are not limited to:

  • BIRTH OF MODERN FASHION? TEXTILES AND DRESS, 1680 - 1815
  • UNDERSTANDING TEXTILES: TECHNOLOGY
  • VICTORIAN VISIONS: DRESS AND TEXTILES, C.1837-1901
  • MATERIAL CULTURES
  • RENAISSANCE DRESS AND TEXTILES: MATERIALS AND MEANING
  • WORK PLACEMENT
  • Level 5 course in History of Art
  • Level 5 course from those available within the subject to the approval of the programme convenor.

Please note that not all optional courses run every year.

Study trip

These courses are supported by an optional, self-funded extended study trip which takes place either at the end of semester 1 or in semester 2. Previous trips have included Manchester, Leeds, and London.

Dissertation

  • DISSERTATION

The attributes you gain from the programme will be attractive to employers from museums, the heritage sector, art dealers and auction houses. Other career paths include theatre, film and television production as a costume researcher/designer. The programme also offers an excellent foundation upon which to progress to PhD study and an academic career.

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • ranked joint 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • ranked joint 92nd in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2021
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after …
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