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Fashion and Textile Studies - History, Theory, Museum Practice, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Master of Arts program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice at the Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY combines the rigorous study of fashion and textile history with hands-on training in the analysis, conservation, storage, and exhibition of textile and costume materials, and in collections management and exhibition planning and design.


The hallmark of this interdisciplinary program is its blend of theory and practice. You'll study the historical and cultural significance of fashion interpretation, and be trained to approach costume and textile history from various traditional and innovative perspectives. You'll also learn practical skills, from how to identify fibers and treat various kinds of objects, to the proper way to roll a textile and dress a mannequin.

You'll gain experience in planning and organizing an exhibition by working with fellow students to create and install an actual exhibition in The Museum at FIT. Students handle every aspect, from selection, research, and presentation of the objects to print materials, publicity, and opening reception. Internship opportunities offer additional experience and professional contacts.


  • Through faculty and alumni, students have networking opportunities in museums throughout the United States and around the world.
  • The Museum at FIT, one of the most comprehensive repositories of costumes and textiles in the country, and the Gladys Marcus Library, with its extensive special collections, are extraordinary on-campus resources.
  • New York City's array of acclaimed arts institutions provides a wealth of opportunities for study and inspiration. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, along with dozens of galleries in FIT's Chelsea neighborhood, and famed auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's are just a few of the city's treasures.
  • The New York Public Library and the Frick Art Library are among many resources for in-depth research.
  • Graduates find positions as curators, collections managers, historic house directors, fashion and textile historians, costume and textile conservators, and vintage clothing and textile dealers, among many others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fashion History through the Nineteenth Century 
  • History of Western Textiles 
  • Collection Management Skills 
  • Fiber and Fabric: Identification and Analysis 
For more information please visit the program website.

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 24 months
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: 3

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

      Admission requirements:

      • For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have completed a minimum of 39 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and completed one official internship. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  23586 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 11793 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                • National

                  23586 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 11793 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                • In-State

                  11542 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 5771 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Manhattan

                • 900 - 1400 USD/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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