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

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, KS,
The 48-credit, full- or part-time program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice prepares students for professional curatorial, conservation, education, and other scholarly careers that focus on historic clothing, accessories, textiles, and other related materials.


Fashion and textiles are explored from a variety of perspectives, including traditional art historical methodologies, as well as innovative approaches such as anthropology, material culture, and gender studies. The curriculum offers a vigorous, hands-on approach to the study of fiber-based objects through a close association with The Museum at FIT. Students may elect either a curatorial or a conservation emphasis, but all students are taught basic conservation skills, current collections management methods, and the proper exhibition techniques for costumes and textiles. To supplement their historical and analytical courses, students are required to complete at least one internship, write a master’s qualifying paper based on original research, and take an active role in a yearlong course that culminates in a professional exhibition at The Museum at FIT. Students may customize the course of study by choosing their qualifying paper topic and their internship location. They may also select up to two independent study courses with an appropriate focus on their chosen specialization. In addition, students may transfer up to nine credits in related coursework from other graduate institutions.

Graduates of the program find positions as museum curators, research specialists, collections managers and registrars, historic house directors, museum educators, independent exhibition curators, corporate curators, fashion and textile historians, costume and textile conservators, auction house department specialists and researchers, vintage clothing and textile dealers, archivists, and consultants. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fashion History through the Nineteenth Century 
  • History of Western Textiles 
  • Collection Management Skills 
  • Fiber and Fabric: Identification and Analysis 

      Detailed Programme Facts

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

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


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      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).

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      •  Completed applications
      •  Essay 
      •  Curriculum Vitae / Resume
      • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. 
      • Applicants who do not hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, must take either The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Language Test (PTE).
      • Two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional are required and must be submitted as indicated on the application form.
      • Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the School of Graduate Studies.

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  22898 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 11449 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                • National Applies to you

                  11206 USD/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 5603 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

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