Grad School Profile: MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies at NYU

WornThrough gets a lot of inquiries about post-graduate education, so we thought it might be a good idea to start profiling graduate schools to help those interested in furthering their education and career opportunities.  Each month, we will focus on a particular program related to the world of costume and/or textile studies.  If you attend a graduate program in this field and feel it should be profiled, please email Worn Through.

Institution: New York University.

Location: New York, NY.

Department: Department of Art and Art Professions (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development).

Concentration(s): MA, Visual Culture: Costume Studies.

Application Deadline: February 1st

Admission Requirements: Application Form; Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement; Résumé; Transcripts; Application Fee ($75.00); TOEFL Scores (if applicable); Recommendation Letters (3).  An interview may also be required.

Accepted Students: About 10-12 students are accepted each year (as of 2010).

Tuition and Financial Aid: $16,192 per semester for full-time students (as of Fall 2010, exclusive of mandatory fees and room and board expenses).  Financial aid and scholarships are available to both full and part-time students.  There are no graduate or teaching assistantships.

Course Curriculum and Degree Requirements: The full-time program is 12 credits per semester (four classes).  Students must complete a professional internship and a master’s thesis (along with course completion) in order to graduate.

Course Highlights: Foundation classes in critical analysis and visual theory, extensive coursework in costume and textile history, electives in appraisal, fashion photography, exhibition design and decorative arts studies.

Professional Goals: Because of the significant amount of costume and textile history courses, this program is recommended for those who wish to become museum personnel, such as curators, collections managers, registrars, etc.  Many also use this degree to further their careers in writing, such as fashion journalists or researchers.  Students also go on to become professors in History, Art History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Fashion Industry related subjects.  Students can attend both part time and full time.

Contact:Nancy Deihl

Click here to view program’s website.

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  • Sofia Bauer July 26, 2012 06.03 pm

    I would like to know more informations about pos graduare course in costume for movies. I am from Brazil, finishing my bachelor in College of Fashion Desing . I have interest in curses in costume for film and TV. Pelasse let me know alo informativos on it ir you have. Prices, etc…

    Looking forward to heartmath from you,

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  • Monica Sklar July 28, 2012 08.47 am

    Sofia, we simply post some general info, but suggest you contact each school you are interested in for further details. Thank you. Best of luck.


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