The online Master’s (MA) in Textile History with a specialization in Quilt Studies program offers opportunities for graduate study, research and creative work in the areas of costume, textile history, and quilt studies. Students at the master's level may concentrate their coursework in costume and textile history or quilt studies.
Students of the Textile History, MA (Quilt Studies) program gain:
- A non-thesis degree program with coursework focusing on textile history with an emphasis in quilt studies.
- Access to a historic textile and costume collection with over 4,000 pieces.
- Internship opportunities in museum and gallery settings.
- Extensive knowledge about how textiles have changed throughout human history and how modern technology influences textiles.
In consultation with a faculty adviser, each student plans an individualized course of study linking background interest with research or creative interests of departmental faculty and educational resources. The program is designed for persons interested in analyzing the complex ways gender, class, ethnicity, aesthetics, politics, religion and technology find expression in the textile arts, quilt making traditions, design and culture. Courses can be completed on a non-degree basis for personal or professional enrichment or as part of the 30 or 36 degree programs.
Individual programs may include coursework in:
- Art History
Note: Students are required to come to the Lincoln campus for one semester (January-May) and the internship presentation and final oral examination at the conclusion of their program. The semester on campus includes supervised hands-on experience in both collections and labs.
This program is designed best for students with undergraduate degrees in:
- Art History
- American Studies
- Women’s Studies
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an international leader in the field of quilt studies with its renowned International Quilt Museum (IQM) and its comprehensive collection of quilts spanning five centuries and representing quilt making traditions around the world.