Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Dress & Textile Histories MLitt

Museums and the Making of Dress and Textile Histories HISTART5040

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will enable students to gain the ability to think critically and creatively about the research and application of textile and dress history. It will include an introduction to the history and nature of dress and textile collections, as well as the curation, interpretation and preservation of such artefacts. Students will develop professional skills that will benefit their future careers, with a particular emphasis on research and those wishing to work in museums or with historic collections. This course will be supported by practical skills and study sessions with local collections.


Two hours per week for ten weeks, through lectures, seminars and visits (6 hours).

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level

Excluded Courses





Essay: 4,000 words (80%),

Presentation: 10-15 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 textiles in public contexts (museums / virtual media)


■ 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:


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


■ evaluate dress 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;

■ review conclusions from the 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.