Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Dress & Textile Histories MLitt

Framing Dress and Textile Histories HISTART5022

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will enable students to gain an understanding of approaches to dress and textile histories from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including material culture, art history, social history, gender theory and fashion theory. Case studies from the medieval period to the present day are used to explore the theorisation of the subject. A core component will be the opportunity to conduct object-based research using collections at Glasgow Museums.


Two hours a week through lectures and seminars. External visits (including study session) 6 hours. 1 hour tutorial to discuss essay topic and progress

Excluded Courses





Essay of 4,000 words (80%)

10-15 min oral presentation (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ familiarise students with dress and textile histories including some aspects of production and consumption and enable them to begin to develop areas of specialist interest

■ enable students to examine the development of the discipline and gain an understanding of various theoretical models


■ develop students' ability to apply such theoretical models


■ enable students to develop object-based research skills

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ engage with and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to dress and textile histories


■ produce sustained arguments in both written and oral form on a variety of visual and textual sources relating to an overview of the history of dress and textiles, including some aspects of production and consumption


■ apply object-based research approaches to a specific artefact / class of artefacts


■ draw conclusions from visual and textual evidence to construct reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.