Master of Arts (Apparel Design, Material Culture & Textiles Studies)


Master of Arts (Apparel Design, Material Culture & Textiles Studies) Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Apparel Design

The Apparel Design Master’s Specialization is designed to educate apparel design scholars who can comprehensively apply theory, knowledge and academic research to their specialties. An in-depth look is taken at fundamental apparel design disciplines as well as relevant interdisciplinary knowledge and technologies, in which students should play a leading role in the future. Related fields will vary depending on the specific focus of the student but may include and are not be limited to anthropology, art, business, education, history, psychology, technology, theater, and women and gender studies.

Option II. Master of Arts programs (36 hours) must complete at least 18 of the 36 required hours in approved graduate-level TMFD courses.  No more than six of the 18 TMFD hours can be earned in Independent Study.  Twelve of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.  Distribution of courses for Option II include:

15

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874 and TMFD 873

6

hours for approved Option II project (TMFD 996)

6

hours of research methods

9

hours of course work in the minor area (outside of TMFD; approved by committee)

36

hours total (12 hours in graduate-only courses)

 

 

Master of Arts in Material Culture and Textile Studies

The goal of the M.A. in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design with a specialization in Material Culture and Textile Studies is to educate professionals and academics who can comprehensively apply theory, research, and knowledge in their respective and chosen career fields. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the various applications and methodologies that incorporate and/or focus on object based research as a primary means of studying the aesthetic, cultural, social, economic, political, and personal experiences of people, both past and present. Related fields such as (but not limited to) history, art history, anthropology, sociology and women’s and gender studies are included in the specialization to enhance students’ abilities to understand and apply concepts and theories from outside their particular area of expertise and contribute to the development of original research and advancement of knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of material culture.

 Three degree options are available to students, both in residence and via distance delivery:

 Option I. Master of Arts programs (30 hours) should be chosen by students preparing for professional careers in textiles and apparel, which could include studio practice, museum curation, research, or academics.  The Master of Arts Option I degree requires 30 hours of 800 or 900 level courses, including six thesis hours.  Included are 10-12 hours of approved graduate courses.  Independent Study or Advanced Problems, if taken, must be in addition to these 10-12 hours.  In addition to thesis credit, eight credit hours must be earned in coursework open exclusively to graduate students.  Distribution of courses for Option I include:

12

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874

6

hours of thesis (TMFD 899)

6

hours of research methods

6

hours to be arranged with TMFD major advisor (may be in major area, outside area, or combination)

30

hours total (8 hours in graduate-only courses, in addition to 6 thesis hours)

 

Option II. Master of Arts

Option II. Master of Arts programs (36 hours) must complete at least 18 of the 36 required hours in approved graduate-level TMFD courses.  No more than six of the 18 TMFD hours can be earned in Independent Study.  Twelve of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.  Distribution of courses for Option II include:

15

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 874 and TMFD 873

6

hours for approved Option II project (TMFD 996)

6

hours of research methods

9

hours of course work in the minor area (outside of TMFD; approved by committee)

36

hours total (12 hours in graduate-only courses)

 

Distance Delivery Programs

Option I, II or III. Master of Arts in Material Culture and Textile Studies (Distance Delivery)

Option I. Master of Arts in Material Culture and Textile Studies (30 hours; Distance Delivery) requires 30 hours of 800 or 900 level courses, including six thesis hours.  Included are 10-12 hours of approved graduate courses.  Independent Study or Advanced Problems, if taken, must be in addition to these 10-12 hours.  In addition to thesis credit, eight credit hours must be earned in coursework open exclusively to graduate students. 

 Option II and III. Master of Arts in Material Culture and Textile Studies (36 hours; Distance Delivery) requires completion of at least 20 hours in TMFD courses. Eighteen of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students.

Distribution of courses for Option I, II and III Distance Delivery includes:

15

hours minimum in TMFD, including TMFD 808, 809, 814, 815, 818

6

hours of research methods, including TMFD 876 and other approved course in research methodology

3-9

hours of internship (TMFD 997); Option I will take fewer internship credit hours

6

hours to be arranged with TMFD major advisor (Option I: Thesis Hours (TMFD 899); Option II: Project Hours (TMFD 996); Option III (Additional coursework approved by supervisor))

30-36

hours total (Option I – 30 hours; Option II or III  - 36 hours)

 

Internships (3-9 credits; TMFD 997) are supervised, independent, and professional experiences under the direction of a practicing professional.  Students may intern at a museum, historical society, living history site, private business, or non-profit arts or cultural organization near his/her place of residence.  Students are to complete the following:

  • 160 contact hours for each 3 hours of credit
  • Read selected articles/books and write a summary of each assigned article/book
  • Maintain a daily journal
  • Produce a final presentation based upon the internship experience via video conferencing or in-person

Master's Handbook

Application to this program

Requirements for Applicants

• Completion of online application through GAMES

• Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

• Minimum GRE Scores (Institution code = 6877) Verbal 150, Quantitative 141, and 4.0 Analytical Writing. For textile science students, the minimum scores are 143 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing.   

• Minimum TOEFL scores (International Students only) 550 on paper test, 213 on computer based test or 79 on the internet based test (Institution code – 6877).  
• Digital Portfolio for textile design and apparel design areas of interest only.

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