Art History: Dress and Textile Histories

University of Glasgow

12 months
18920 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Art History: Dress and Textile Histories course at the University of Glasgow 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. 


Why this programme

  • The Art History: Dress and Textile Histories 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.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Framing Dress and Textile Histories
  • Research Methods in Practice
  • Museums and the Making of Dress and Textile Histories
  • The Birth of Modern Fashion? Textiles and Dress, 1680 - 1815
  • Understanding Textiles
  • Victorian Visions: Dress and Textiles c.1837-1901
  • Material Cultures

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

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

A minimum 2.1 in History of Art or a related subject is required. 

You should also submit:
  • a writing sample of 2000-3000 words
  • a CV
  • a personal statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18920 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time fee: £944 per 20 credits


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