Costume Studies

New York University

24 months
21540 USD/year
21540 USD/year
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The field of costume studies is one of the most exciting areas of current visual arts research. Since 1979, the MA program in Costume Studies at New York University has focused on the history of costume and textiles in its broadest aesthetic and cultural context. It was the first curriculum in the United States to educate specialists in this field.


Our MA program in Costume Studies at New York University focuses on fashion as a significant and vital cultural product. With a core of courses on the history of fashion and textiles, the curriculum emphasizes research and analysis of the fascinating phenomenon of dress. Not limited to the study of garments, Costume Studies extends the term “fashion” to all aspects of appearance as students are encouraged to consider recent developments in the light of what they learn about the past.

Your experience and individual research will be enhanced by access to NYU’s specialist faculty, world-class research facilities and the rich offerings of New York’s museums, galleries, auction houses, and other institutions.


There are many options available for those who graduate with an MA in this rapidly expanding field, such as: 

  • Curators, collection managers, and exhibition consultants
  • Museum administrators
  • Collection managers and exhibition consultants
  • Auction house specialists
  • Private dealers and appraisers
  • Archivists and historical researchers
  • Educators, writers, journalists, critics 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Literature & Methodology of Costume Studies 
  • History of Costume: Prehistory to 1800 
  • History of Textiles: The Material of Fashion 
  • History of Fashion Photography 
  • History of Costume: The 19th Century
  • History of Textiles: The Modern Era
  • Dress in World Cultures
  • Costume Conservation and Display
  • History of Costume: Contemporary Dress
  • Contemporary Design Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English
  • Personal Interview - A personal interview is required for qualifying students living in or close to New York City. For qualifying students living outside the metropolitan area, a telephone interview is required. The program office will notify you if you are a qualifying student and an interview is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Costume Studies
New York University