Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Dress & Textile Histories MLitt

Applying Dress and Textile Histories HISTART5040

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course enables students to think critically and creatively about the research and application of textile and dress history in a range of contexts. It includes an introduction to the history and nature of dress and textile collections, as well as the curation, preservation and interpretation of such artefacts in a variety of cultural heritage contexts. Students will develop professional skills of benefit to their future careers, with a particular emphasis on research and those wishing to work in museums or with historic collections.


8 x 1 hour lecture

8 x 1 hour seminar

2 x 2 hour study trips over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Commentary (1,500 words) - 30%

Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Presentation: 10 mins - 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ examine professional practices in the research and curation of dress and textiles

■ explore practices in the collecting, interpretation and preventive conservation of dress and textiles and gain insights into the need to balance access and preservation

■ familiarize students with approaches to communicating ideas and knowledge about dress and textile histories in public contexts (museums / virtual media / design)

■ explore how ideas and knowledge gathered through dress and textile object-based research can be applied in different contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ evaluate and critique dress and textiles exhibitions and other public outcomes of research

■ evaluate and debate the need to balance the provision of access to collections with the need to preserve them

■ produce sustained arguments in both written and oral form based on a variety of visual and textual evidence relating to approaches to professional practices in research, curation and interpretation of dress and textiles

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.